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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 Hunnicutt is from the U.S. However, they are of European descent. See more »
Tsar Nicholas II:
[Referring to his son, Tsarevich Alexis, who has just left the room]
There goes half my sadness, and a great deal of my joy.
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When this series ran on WTBS in 1979, I was hooked, & was able to catch every episode, save the LAST ONE! The BBC did a good job with it, but I, too, have been fruitlessly hunting for it for many years. I thought it was very well done. Even though they apparently didn't have a grand budget for much exterior shooting, the writing, as I recall, was fairly accurate and represented just what a "family affair" the royal houses of pre-WW1 were. I was particularly interested in this broadcast, especially the last episode, because I had just finished reading "The Secret File on the Tzar", an examination through all the NKVD and KGB files relating to Nicholas II's arrest and final family reunion in the basement. I consider it a minor classic, and, like several others, would like to find a personal copy.
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