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Masterpiece Episode: "Bertie and Elizabeth"

Season 31, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: “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.
Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2002
Guest Cast David Burke: John Reith Jeremy Swift: Royal Page David Ryall: Winston Churchill Rupert Wickham: Equerry-Grouse Alan Bates: George V Deborah Cornelius: Thelma Furness Peter Eyre: Simpson, the Butler Amber Rose Sealey: Wallis Simpson Robert Hardy: Franklin D. Roosevelt William Mickleburgh: Equerry-James Stuart Osmund Bullock: Pressman Dolly Wells: Princess Mary Gabrielle Lloyd: Alah-Nurse Paul Brooke: Tommy Lascelles James Wilby: Bertie Moray Watson: Lord Dawson Barbara Leigh Hunt: Mabell Lady Airlie Jeremy Child: Sir Samuel Hoare Charles Edwards: David/Edward VIII David Hatton: Bishop of Norwich Hannah Wiltshire: Princess Margaret (as a young woman) Naomi Martin: Princess Elizabeth (as a child) Geoffrey Beevers: Lord Strathmore Oliver Ford Davies: Archbishop Lang Denis Lill: Clement Atlee Juliet Aubrey: Elizabeth Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh: Princess Elizabeth (as a young woman) Eileen Atkins: Queen Mary Jenna Molloy: Princess Margaret (as a child) Helen Ryan: Queen Wilhelmina Michael Elwyn: Logue Corin Redgrave: General Montgomery Nicholas Pritchard: Davidson

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: 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 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

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