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Masterpiece Theatre: Lord Mountbatten - The Last Viceroy 

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

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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 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
Malcolm Terris ...  Winston Churchill 6 episodes, 1986
A.K. Hangal ...  Patel 6 episodes, 1986
Michael Byrne ...  George Abell 6 episodes, 1986
Nicholas Day ...  Peter Howes 6 episodes, 1986
Owen Holder Owen Holder ...  King George VI 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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

27 April 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Sri Lanka

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brent Walker PLC See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Thoroughly entertaining & informative, but somewhat one-sided
12 January 2003 | by qazifaisal_aSee all my reviews

Lord Mountbatten:The Last Viceroy is no doubt a very good film by any standards. Seeing that it follows the career of Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma,later selected as the last viceroy of British India, it has a number of both strengths and flaws as far as the storyline & picturisation is concerned.


1) It portrays the character of Lord Louis from the political side, as far as all the world knows him. 2) Mentions the Nehru - Edwina affair as part of the complications surrounding the partition. 3) Shows the stubburnness of character which Mountbatten possessed.


1) If it is a film following the life of Lord Mountbatten, why does the story end after the partition. Surely there is much more to Lord Moundbatten's life than just the India-Pakistan partition e.g., his death, his campaign as Supreme Naval Commander of S.E.Asia, how he handled the post of 1st Governor General of India. 2) The cast is superb, yet I fail to understand why Vladek Sheybal (a french guy) was given the role of Jinnah, and why not Alique Padamsee (the guy who played Jinnah in 'Gandhi'. Sheybal has neither the height nor the resemblance of Jinnah. 3) Mountbatten was much more arrogant and hard hearted towards Jinnah and the concept of Pakistan, than this film portrays.

Overall, the story is otherwise well written. But if the script had been written on the basis of Philip Zeigler's biography of Mountbatten, then it would have been much better.

On the whole, its well worth keeping in your collection because as time is passing, there are very few movies depicting the glorious and colourful spleandour of the British Empire.

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