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Edward & Mrs. Simpson 

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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Edward Fox ...  King Edward VIII 7 episodes, 1978
Cynthia Harris ...  Wallis Warfield Simpson 7 episodes, 1978
David Waller David Waller ...  Stanley Baldwin 6 episodes, 1978
Peggy Ashcroft ...  Queen Mary 5 episodes, 1978
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Walter Monkton 5 episodes, 1978
John Shrapnel ...  Major Alexander Hardinge 5 episodes, 1978
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ...  Duke of York 5 episodes, 1978
Jessie Matthews ...  Aunt Bessie Merryman 4 episodes, 1978
Charles Keating ...  Ernest Simpson 4 episodes, 1978
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ...  Osborne 4 episodes, 1978
Amanda Reiss Amanda Reiss ...  Duchess of York 4 episodes, 1978
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ...  Duff Cooper 3 episodes, 1978
Patricia Hodge ...  Lady Diana Cooper 3 episodes, 1978
Elsie Randolph ...  Lady Colefax 3 episodes, 1978
Gary Waldhorn ...  Chips Channon 3 episodes, 1978
Nuala Barrie Nuala Barrie ...  Queen Mary's Lady in Waiting 3 episodes, 1978
Rosanne Wickes Rosanne Wickes ...  Princess Mary 3 episodes, 1978
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 1978
Patrick Troughton ...  Clement Attlee 3 episodes, 1978
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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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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eduardo y la señora Simpson See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Fox's first wife, Tracy Reed, was the granddaughter of Freda Dudley Ward, Edward VIII's mistress when he was Prince of Wales. See more »

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

Soundtracks

I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales
(uncredited)
By Herbert Farjeon
Opening theme
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Slow Moving Character Study with some Very Fine Performances
27 April 2009 | by gpeeversSee 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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