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The heartbreaking story of the prince that history forgot
The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 20 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Daniel Williams ... Prince John (younger)
Matthew James Thomas ... Prince John (older) (as Matthew Thomas)
Brock Everitt-Elwick ... Prince George (younger)

Rollo Weeks ... Prince George (older)

Gina McKee ... Lalla

Tom Hollander ... George V

Miranda Richardson ... Queen Mary

Bill Nighy ... Stamfordham

Bibi Andersson ... Queen Alexandra

Ron Cook ... Lloyd George

Frank Finlay ... Asquith
David Westhead ... Fred

John Sessions ... Mr. Hansell

Michael Gambon ... Edward VII
David Barrass ... Kaiser Wilhelm
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanessa Ackerman ... Olga
Holly Boyd ... Tatiana

Paul Brennen ... Orderly
Suzanne Burden ... Lady Warrender
Dominic Colenso ... David
James Cook ... Henry

Jonathan Coy ... Dr. Hetherington

Graham Crowden ... Callender

Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Tsarina Alexandra
Amy Darcy ... Maid
Hugh Dickson ... Priest
Bibs Ekkel ... Musician
Mike Firth ... General
Fritha Goodey ... Fine-looking woman
Andrew Hilton ... Admiral

Sophie Linfield

Algina Lipskis ... Anastasia (as Algina Lipskyte)
Seb Maley ... Officer
Kate Manning ... May

Ivan Marevich ... Tsar Nicholas
Maggie McCourt ... Lady in Waiting

Roz McCutcheon ... Fat Mary
George A. Murphy ... Footman (as George Murphy)

Mary Nighy ... Young Mary
Sam Page ... Young Alexei
Nicholas Palliser ... Knutsford
Nastya Razduhova ... Maria

John Rowe ... Dr. Longhurst
Richard Searle ... Frantic Official
Kostya Severov ... Alexei
Craig Shenton ... Bertie
Serge Soric ... Head Guard

Joe Sowerbutts ... Russell
Neil Stacy ... General
Robert Swann ... Doctor
Ian Taylor ... Footman with butter
Michael Thomas ... Johnnie
Henrietta Voigts ... Suffragette
Martin Wimbush ... Violinist

Hawk Younkins ... Kevin

Ed Pearce ... Irish Politician (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Poliakoff 
Writing credits
Stephen Poliakoff (written by)

Produced by
Joanna Beresford .... executive producer
John Chapman .... producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Peter Fincham .... executive producer
Mark Hubbard .... line producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Barry Ackroyd 
Film Editing by
Clare Douglas 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt 
Set Decoration by
Sara Wan 
Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
Makeup Department
Julie Dartnell .... hair stylist
Julie Dartnell .... makeup artist
Christine Greenwood .... hair stylist
Christine Greenwood .... makeup artist
Dubi Preger .... makeup artist
Liz Tagg .... hair designer
Liz Tagg .... makeup designer
Barbara Taylor .... crowd hair
Suzanne Jansen .... make-up/hair artist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou .... hair and make up artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tessa Beazley .... post-production manager
Richard Hill .... unit manager
Trevor Ingman .... production manager
Shelley Powell .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Brett .... first assistant director
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... third assistant director (as Jessica Hurles)
Martin Krauka .... second assistant director
Andrew McEwan .... co-second assistant director
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction manager
Justin Chappell .... carpenter
Sally Dray .... portrait artist
Gavin Fitch .... assistant art director
Clare Holland .... scenic painter
Frank Howe .... drapes master
Dougie Lankston .... property storeman
Madelaine Leech .... art director: on-camera
Mitch Niclas .... stand-by propman
Allen J. Polley .... property master (as Allen Polley)
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Tony Statham .... painter
Sophie Tyler .... prop buyer
Sound Department
Ben Baird .... sound supervisor
Matthew Desorgher .... boom operator
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer
Nick Roberts .... adr supervisor
Nick Roberts .... dialogue editor
John Rodda .... sound recordist
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeremy Lovett .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Cas Casey .... digital effects artist
Jason White .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Baker .... Steadicam operator
Johann Cruickshank .... electrician
Tania Freimuth .... clapper loader
Carl Hudson .... focus puller
Allan Hughes .... key grip
Matthew Moffat .... gaffer
Mark Nutkins .... camera trainee
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Jonathan Sykes .... camera operator
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Kirsty Robertson .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Crees .... costume assistant
Philip Goldsworthy .... wardrobe assistant
Kay Manasseh .... assistant costume designer
Colin May .... wardrobe supervisor
Philip Rainforth .... military costumes supervisor
Lucilla Simbari .... costume assistant
Gerald Moulin .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Tom Kinnersly .... assembly editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Peter Fuchs .... music recording engineer
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Darren Helman .... driver
Bill Walker .... unit driver
Other crew
Tessa Beazley .... production coordinator
Jo Beckett .... assistant location manager
Joanna Beckett .... assistant location manager
Clair Chrysler .... stand-in: Gina McKee and Miranda Richardson
Valentina Coccia .... assistant production coordinator
Cathie Davey .... publicist
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Sarah Lucraft .... production accountant
Hilary Norrish .... script editor
Nick Oliver .... location scout
Donald Rice .... assistant to director
Bill Ridealgh .... unit medic
Jackie Snow .... movement coach
Amanda Stevens .... location manager
Susan Weeks .... tutor chaperone

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Additional Details

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180 min (2 parts)
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (part 1) | UK:12 (part 2) | USA:TV-PG

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Factual errors: At the funeral of Johnny, on screen it's clearly summer (rhododendrons in bloom), but in reality he died in January.See more »
Prince John:[about the Tsar who is swimming in the sea] He looks like an emperor fish!See more »
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Sad story strangely uplifting, 30 August 2003
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

Prince John, youngest son of George V and Queen Mary, was handicapped by learning difficulties and the epilepsy which eventually killed him at 14. He spent most of his life hidden away on the Sandringham estate, but he was well cared for and not entirely forgotten by his family (he appeared with his brothers and sisters on a Newfoundland stamp issue). Stephen Poliakof has taken this sad story and created a wonderful tale of growing up in a royal family who, far from ruling their roost, were hidebound by convention, slaves to 'appearances' and emotionally crippled. John, however, is virtually free from all of this – as his brother George remarks 'he is the happiest of us all' (or words to that effect).

John and George (later the Duke of Kent) are able to observe some notable historic personalities and moments. When their grandfather Edward VII (Michael Gambon) dies, most of Europe's royalty turn up to the funeral. George, on chatting terms with Lord Stamfordham (Bill Nighy), his father's private secretary, follows the diplomatic descent into World War I. And there is the fate of cousin Nicky, Tsar of Russia, and his family, at the hands of the Bolsheviks. We see these events from the child's viewpoint, or rather from the viewpoints of two rather different, though close, children. This gives a sort of dreamy immediacy to the story, unadorned with explanations.

While his mother Queen Mary (Miranda Richardson) is both physically and emotionally distant, John is given plenty of love and affection by his nurse Lalla (Gina McKee). Despite his disabilities he thrives under her care to an extent his parents find overwhelming.

It's hard to tell how much of the story is based on fact and how much on Poliakoff's imagination, but it scarcely matters. He has created a story which actually evokes sympathy for royalty, a major achievement in this republican age. Prince John, the royal refusenik, leading his band of retainers across the landscape, is an evocative sight.

The settings are gorgeous, though none of the real places (Sandringham, Buckingham palace) is used. The acting is all first-rate; Tom Hollander's earnest George V and Miranda Richardson's stern but not totally unfeeling Queen Mary stand out, along with the boys playing the two princes.

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