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PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 E (more…)

Premiered: January 10, 1971

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 31, Episode 10 Bertie and Elizabeth

First Aired: February 4, 2002

“Bertie and Elizabeth,” a warm love story chronicling the 30-year romance of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (Juliet Aubrey) and the man who became King George VI (James Wilby). “I hate being noticed,” says “Bertie,” the Duke of York, who's happy that his playboy brother David (Charles Edwards) will become king when their father, George V (Alan Bates), dies. Bertie and Elizabeth settle down quietly to raise their family but things won't be quiet for long. For starters, there's the matter of David and “the woman I love.” Queen Mary: Eileen Atkins. Winston Churchill: David Ryall. FDR: Robert Hardy. Wallis Simpson: Amber Rose Sealey.

Guest Cast

Naomi Martin Princess Elizabeth (as a child)
Paul Brooke Tommy Lascelles
Robert Hardy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Helen Ryan Queen Wilhelmina
Denis Lill Clement Atlee
Eileen Atkins Queen Mary
Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh Princess Elizabeth (as a young woman)
Jenna Molloy Princess Margaret (as a child)
David Ryall Winston Churchill
Jeremy Child Sir Samuel Hoare
Peter Eyre Simpson, the Butler
Corin Redgrave General Montgomery
David Hatton Bishop of Norwich
Hannah Wiltshire Princess Margaret (as a young woman)