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

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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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