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

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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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