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The Lost Prince (2003)

The true story of the British royal Prince locked away because of having epilepsy.

Director:

Stephen Poliakoff
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Williams ... Prince John (younger)
Matthew James Thomas ... Prince John (older) (as Matthew Thomas)
Brock Everitt-Elwick Brock Everitt-Elwick ... Prince George (younger)
Rollo Weeks ... Prince George (older)
Gina McKee ... Lalla
Tom Hollander ... George V
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Mary
Bill Nighy ... Stamfordham
Bibi Andersson ... Queen Alexandra
Ron Cook ... Lloyd George
Frank Finlay ... Asquith
David Westhead ... Fred
John Sessions ... Mr. Hansell
Michael Gambon ... Edward VII
David Barrass David Barrass ... Kaiser Wilhelm
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Storyline

British empire monarch George V (Tom Hollander) and his wife Queen Mary (Miranda Richardson) decide to hide their last-born son, Johnnie (Daniel Williams), from the public, being embarrassingly affected by epilepsy. While his protective elder brother is ruthlessly groomed for court life, Johnnie gets packed off to a country cottage on the royal estate Sandringham. With his full-time governess Lalla (Gina McKee), a substitute-mother, he's abandoned to playfulness and virtual social neglect. The Great War and the Russian Revolution change life in Britain, also at court, even at Sandringham, where royal refugees are expected. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The heartbreaking story of the prince that history forgot

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

BBc [UK] | PBS

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El príncipe perdido See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ingeborga Dapkunaite reprised her role as Czarina Alexandra Fyodorovna in the Russian mini-series, Grigoriy R. (2014). See more »

Goofs

At the funeral of Johnny, on screen it's clearly summer (rhododendrons in bloom), but in reality he died in January. See more »

Quotes

Prince George: [Speaking about Prince John] He was the only one of us who was able to be himself.
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Connections

Featured in The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Rondo for Glass Armonica
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Schmittbauer (as J.A. Schmittbauer)
(Queen Alexandra's birthday cake)
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Touching and gentle drama that is all too real
31 January 2003 | by superjoanieSee all my reviews

BBC1's 'The Lost Prince' is one of the best television dramas that the channel has shown for a long time. The story of King George V's youngest son, Johnnie, the programme explores the boy's learning difficulties and his autism-related problems, as well as the horrors of war as seen through the eyes of the Royal family.

Those are the facts, but the drama is so much more than a re-telling of a royal story. Moments of poignancy, such as Johnnie's frank but heartbreaking honesty with his parents, are touching without becoming schmaltzy or obvious, and the harsh burden of the First World War on the British keeps the drama well within reality.

Good performances all around, particularly from Miranda Richardson as Queen Mary and Tom Hollander as King George, who invoke sympathy from their seemingly impassive facades. Bill Nighy is excellent as the King's adviser, Stamfordham, and the children - especially Rollo Weeks -are more than capable of carrying such a difficult and weighty subject.


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