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Edward & Mrs. Simpson 

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Mini-Series (1978)
The events leading to the 1936 abdication of King Edward VIII, who gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ...  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
Marius Goring ...  King George V 2 episodes, 1978
Maurice Denham ...  Cosmo Lang - Archbishop of Canterbury 2 episodes, 1978
Edward Jewesbury ...  Lord Dawson 2 episodes, 1978
Simon Cadell ...  Major John Aird 2 episodes, 1978
Ed Devereaux ...  Lord Beaverbrook 2 episodes, 1978
Robert Flemyng ...  Sir Donald Somervell 2 episodes, 1978
Hugh Fraser ...  Anthony Eden 2 episodes, 1978
William Hoyland William Hoyland ...  Lord Perry Brownlow 2 episodes, 1978
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ...  Geoffrey Dawson 2 episodes, 1978
Gerald Sim ...  Theodore Goddard 2 episodes, 1978
Michael Stroud ...  Esmond Harmsworth 2 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Bessie Love (Emerald Cunard) died on April 26, 1986, only two days after Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor). See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 23 February 2011 (2011) See more »

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I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales
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Written by Herbert Farjeon and Harold Glenn Scott
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A moving depiction of a troubled time
6 June 2009 | by train464See 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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