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

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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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