The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael Hordern ...  Narrator 10 episodes, 1974
Charles Kay ...  Tsar Nicholas II 7 episodes, 1974
Barry Foster ...  Willy 7 episodes, 1974
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Tsarina Alexandra 6 episodes, 1974
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The collapse of three great European dynasties: the Romanovs, the Habsburgs, and the Hohenzollerns.

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

15 March 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Koning en keizer See more »

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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Some of the performers playing the Western Europe rulers, are not from Europe, such as Miles Anderson, who is White African , Dennis Lill is from New Zealand, and Gayle Hunncit is from the U.S. However, they are of European descent. See more »

Quotes

Willy: If my destiny is to be a tragic one, then let it come.
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Trauermarsch
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Gustav Mahler
[opening theme]
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The Best series never seen
2 October 2002 | by zedhSee all my reviews

Back in 1974 my father encouraged me to stay up late and watch this mini series, which initially I hated. As I watched I became engrossed in this real life soap opera, that eventually caused more death through two world wars than any Hollywood fiction could. It is a superb recreation of the period 1880-1917, full of atmosphere and a great history lesson. Nowadays this would be considered a factional series as it is all based on fact but with extensive supposition, however it is all believable. The cast is extensive and full of well known actors in their early years. The subject is large and the BBC did well to make everything understandable using realistic sets, but no grandiose outdoor scenes that would been ineffective. For example, Archduke Ferdinand's assassination is referred to rather than portrayed, as the procession would have been too expensive to do realistically.

I long to rewatch this, so I hope a video or DVD will be reissued, if only for schools to use as a history lesson.


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