British drama about the collapse of three great European dynasties, the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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 Narrator (10 episodes, 1974)
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 Tsar Nicholas II (7 episodes, 1974)
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 Willy (7 episodes, 1974)
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 Tsarina Alexandra (6 episodes, 1974)
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British drama about the collapse of three great European dynasties, the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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15 March 1974 (UK)  »

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Koning en keizer  »

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Some of the performers playing the Western Europe rulers, are not from Europe, such as Miles Anderson, who is White African , Dennis Lill is from New Zealand, and Gayle Hunncit is from the U.S. However, they are of European descent. See more »

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Tsar Nicholas II: [Referring to his son, Tsarevich Alexis, who has just left the room] There goes half my sadness, and a great deal of my joy.
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Largo: Symphony No. 6
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Dmitri Shostakovich
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Astonishing - the most painless history lesson you'll ever get
13 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

Many of the BBC's mini-series dealt with Britain's loss of Empire - "Jewel in the Crown" was just one. Here the subject is the end of monarchy and the collapse of major royal houses of Europe: Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia.

The history is grand and sweeping, but the focus of these television dramas is not on spectacle, but on the personalities of the participants. On that basis it succeeds wildly. The cast is huge and the acting is splendid.

Patrick Stewart gives the performance of his career as Lenin, and the same goes for Barry Foster's Kaiser Wilhem. An astonishing array of acting talent strides through, often with only a few telling moments on screen: Michael Aldridge, Pamela Brown, Rosalie Crutchley, Marius Goring, Michael Gough, Charles Gray, Freddie Jones, Curt Jurgens and the list goes on.

Plus it's always fun to see major talents near the beginning of their career, such as Tom Conti and John Rhys-Davies. It's also surprising how little overlap there is with the cast of "I, Claudius" which followed only two years later. What a deep bench the BBC had in those days!

The scripts are uniformly intelligent, though the budget often requires major events to be described rather than shown. However the art department does a valiant job of differentiating among the splendid apartments of different countries, so you almost always know where you are before anyone starts speaking.

If you want to see thousands of extras tumbling across the giant screen, watch "Nicholas and Alexandra" or "Dr. Zhivago" instead. But if you want to meet fascinating people in an absorbing story of the decline and fall of the Hapsburgs, the Hohenzollerns, and the Romanov's, this is grand television.


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