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

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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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