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

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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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