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Season 31, Episode 10 Bertie and Elizabeth

First Aired: February 4, 2002

“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.

Guest Cast

Paul Brooke Tommy Lascelles
David Ryall Winston Churchill
Eileen Atkins Queen Mary
Jenna Molloy Princess Margaret (as a child)
Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh Princess Elizabeth (as a young woman)
David Hatton Bishop of Norwich
Helen Ryan Queen Wilhelmina
Peter Eyre Simpson, the Butler
Hannah Wiltshire Princess Margaret (as a young woman)
Naomi Martin Princess Elizabeth (as a child)
Robert Hardy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Jeremy Child Sir Samuel Hoare
Corin Redgrave General Montgomery
Denis Lill Clement Atlee

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  • Premiered: January 10, 1971
  • Rating: TV-PG
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