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

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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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