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Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy 

Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy (original title)
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The Story of the last viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten




Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Nicol Williamson ...  Lord Louis Mountbatten 6 episodes, 1986
Janet Suzman ...  Lady Edwina Mountbatten 6 episodes, 1986
Ian Richardson ...  Nehru 6 episodes, 1986
Sam Dastor ...  Gandhi 6 episodes, 1986
Nigel Davenport ...  Ismay 6 episodes, 1986
Wendy Hiller ...  Princess Victoria 6 episodes, 1986
Vladek Sheybal ...  Jinnah 6 episodes, 1986
A.K. Hangal ...  Patel 6 episodes, 1986
Michael Byrne ...  George Abell 6 episodes, 1986
Nicholas Day ...  Peter Howes 6 episodes, 1986
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Lt Col Vernon Erskine-Crum 6 episodes, 1986
David Quilter David Quilter ...  Alan / ... 6 episodes, 1986
John Rolfe ...  Attlee / ... 6 episodes, 1986
Jeremy Sinden ...  Brockman 6 episodes, 1986
Julian Wadham ...  Arthur 6 episodes, 1986
Dreya Weber ...  Pamela Mountbatten 6 episodes, 1986
Patrick Allen ...  Auchinleck 5 episodes, 1986


The Story of the last viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten

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The historical film about the last days of the British Raj.


Biography | Drama

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Actor Nana Patekar's voice is dubbed by a dubbing artiste. See more »


The Mountbatten's dog changes breed numerous times during the miniseries: from a Sealyham Terrier to a West Highland White Terrier and back again. The most notable transformation is when he gets on the plane in England as a Sealyham Terrier and gets off the plane in India as a West Highland White. Since the differences are readily apparent (both are white but a "Westie" has prick ears and a square body and a Sealyham has drop ears and a long, low body) the "canine transformations" are quite noticeable. See more »

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An interesting look at India & Mountbatten
23 May 2005 | by hackneSee all my reviews

This dramatization is a solidly acted depiction of the last days of the British Empire in India and Mountbatten's role in the transition from colony to independent nation. Mountbatten has many biographies out there, some less flattering than others. This depiction of him falls more or less in the middle, showing his strengths and his weaknesses. Also the show does not shy away from showing his wife, Edwina, and her relationship with Nehru (it should be noted her wild ways long before she arrived in India made her not welcome at Buckingham Palace). Much of the actual history is greatly abridged (such as the partition) so as to not delve into the complexities of the India/Pakistan split. And some things are fictionalized for dramatic purposes.

Nehru's politics is not given much examination in this depiction (he was a socialist). Gandhi's role is historically accurate (unlike the movie that bears his name, he was not an active participant in the partition) as are other things. This is a good start to understand this important moment in history. Mountbatten is still a controversial figure both in England and India over what happened as the last viceroy.

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Release Date:

26 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy See more »

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

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Production Co:

Brent Walker PLC See more »
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1.33 : 1
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