Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978)

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7x50min episodes. While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in ... See full summary »

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 King Edward VIII (7 episodes, 1978)
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 Wallis Warfield Simpson (7 episodes, 1978)
David Waller ...
 Stanley Baldwin (6 episodes, 1978)
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 Queen Mary (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Walter Monkton (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Major Alexander Hardinge (5 episodes, 1978)
Andrew Ray ...
 Duke of York (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Aunt Bessie Merryman (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Ellis ...
 Osborne (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Ernest Simpson (4 episodes, 1978)
Amanda Reiss ...
 Duchess of York (4 episodes, 1978)
Nuala Barrie ...
 Queen Mary's Lady in Waiting (3 episodes, 1978)
T.R. Bowen ...
 Duff Cooper (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Lady Diana Cooper (3 episodes, 1978)
Wensley Pithey ...
 Winston Churchill (3 episodes, 1978)
Elsie Randolph ...
 Lady Colefax (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Clement Attlee (3 episodes, 1978)
Gary Waldhorn ...
 Chips Channon (3 episodes, 1978)
Rosanne Wickes ...
 Princess Mary (3 episodes, 1978)
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7x50min episodes. While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in parliament, especially when King George V dies, Mrs. Simpson gets divorced, and King Edward announces his intentions to marry her. Written by Kathy Li

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He abandoned crown and country for the woman he loved.

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David Waller would later reprise his role of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) in The Woman He Loved (1988), which also dealt with the Edward VIII abdication crisis. See more »

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Great dramatization of the story!
24 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Highly recommended for lovers of history and/or biography. The actors were carefully chosen to resemble the real characters, same goes for the locations. I've read many books regarding the love story between Edward and Mrs. Simpson - this comes very close to what really happened. I do believe Edward fell madly, totally in love with Mrs. Simpson. She returned his love but in a lesser degree. Regardless, theirs was the wedding of the century because how often does a monarch give up his throne for the woman he loves? It's ironic how Prince Charles has followed in the footsteps of his great-uncle, but it looks like he will get to reign with the woman he loves by his side. That's life.


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