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

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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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