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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Complete series cast summary:
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 King Edward VIII (7 episodes, 1978)
Cynthia Harris ...
 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)
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 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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23 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Eduardo y la señora Simpson  »

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Edward Fox's daughter Emilia Fox would later play King Edward VIII's niece Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2009). Furthermore, his younger brother James Fox played the former King's father King George V in W.E. (2011) whereas his nephew Laurence Fox played the former King's younger brother and eventual successor King George VI in W.E. (2011) as well as his great-nephew Prince Charles in Whatever Love Means (2005). See more »


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A moving depiction of a troubled time
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you watch this TV movie you will get a slow, gentle insight into the pre-World War II period. It is beautifully done: the sets, the costuming, the acting all blend to be the late 1930's. It is a touching story, but some of the actual meaning has been left out, leaving us with a one-sided, positive feeling about the lead characters. It was a noble thing for a king to abdicate for his love, no? Well, perhaps, but the truth is that he was forced out without his fighting for the crown. (Lots of anguish, yes, but no fight.) The character of Wallis Simpson was overly simplified to make her appear to be more blameless than she was in reality, less manipulating, and attractive. I don't recall any of the rumors of her German leanings being mentioned, which may be just as well since they have been heavily discounted and are probably not true. Barring this one flaw of not presenting Mrs. Simpson as she has become known to be (and was rumored to be at the time), the movie is excellent. Schedule several days to watch it and don't try to cram it into one session. It takes a little settling time between episodes. (The documentary accompanying the movie must be seen after watching the movie. Don't watch it first!)


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