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

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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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