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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1981   1978  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete series cast summary:
 King Edward VIII (7 episodes, 1978)
Cynthia Harris ...
 Wallis Warfield Simpson (7 episodes, 1978)
David Waller ...
 Stanley Baldwin (6 episodes, 1978)
 Queen Mary (5 episodes, 1978)
 Walter Monkton (5 episodes, 1978)
 Major Alexander Hardinge (5 episodes, 1978)
Andrew Ray ...
 Duke of York (5 episodes, 1978)
 Aunt Bessie Merryman (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Ellis ...
 Osborne (4 episodes, 1978)
 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)
 Lady Diana Cooper (3 episodes, 1978)
Wensley Pithey ...
 Winston Churchill (3 episodes, 1978)
Elsie Randolph ...
 Lady Colefax (3 episodes, 1978)
 Clement Attlee (3 episodes, 1978)
 Chips Channon (3 episodes, 1978)
Rosanne Wickes ...
 Princess Mary (3 episodes, 1978)


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.


Drama | History | Romance


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Release Date:

23 January 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eduardo y la señora Simpson  »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) See more »


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Slow Moving Character Study with some Very Fine Performances
27 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Story of King Edward VIII who abdicated the British Throne so that he could marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson. The story begins in the period leading up to the death of Edward's father George V and concludes shortly after his abdication.

While it is interesting for its detailed take on both the relationship and the steps that led to the abdication it may not be enough to hold the attention of those without an interest in history or the British Royal family. Most of the story is told through conversations and meetings.

In addition to its portrayals of the title characters it also presents interesting portrayals of Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and Queen Mary and though less time is devoted to them; George V, George VI and future Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Clement Atlee.

The series is buoyed by a superb performance by Edward Fox as Edward, but I found Cynthia Harris's performance as Wallis Simpson somewhat less inspiring. There are no obvious flaws to point out, and my apathy might also have come from how the character was written. There is also as to expected from a drama of this sort a good supporting cast highlighted by Peggy Ashcroft and Nigel Hawthorne.

Amongst family and friends Edward who was born Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was known as David and this is how he is referred to throughout the series.

This was a seven part British television mini-series, so if you are interested its almost 6 hours in length and 2 DVD's.

The series won an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series in addition to a number of BAFTA awards.

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