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

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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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