Edward the King
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The series covers the life of Bertie from his birth in 1841 through his coronation in 1901 and concludes with his death in 1910. Though extremely privileged, Bertie had a stiflingly sheltered youth dominated by strict, controlling parents, which culminated in an all-but-arranged marriage to the beautiful Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Because of their importance in shaping the character of the young prince, Victoria and Albert (played to absolute perfection by Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) and Robert Hardy (All Creatures)) are the primary focus of the first few episodes. Victoria did not like to share her power, and her marriage felt the strain of such an inability to delegate (a situation which was not improved by her many temper tantrums!). Ultimately, however, she was persuaded to share her power with her more-than-capable husband--something which, following Albert's death in 1861, she was sadly never to do with her son. Ironically, when he finally succeeded to the throne, Bertie proved himself a very capable and level-headed ruler.Read more ›
Queen Victoria (Annette Crosbie) begins as a young lady who married Prince Albert but initially left him out of government and British leadership. Her love for the Prince brings her to full devotion, even after his death in 1841. The role of the queen could be played no better. Watching the change through the episodes as the Queen (who reigned 50+ years) brings the role even more reality. The acting brings out your own emotion as you begin to almost feel a part of the family.
Bertie, who would become King Edward VII, played by Timothy West, is equal to Crosbie's stellar performance. West does such a good job of playing Bertie, who eventually the King after a 60 year wait due to Queen Victoria's refusal to relinquish her role. The viewer empathizes with Bertie in his struggle to make a difference in British lives. Between his coronation in 1901 and his death in 1910, King Edward VII became even more beloved by the UK people and known for his peacemaking abilities.
This is a story of a monarchy, particularly the years of Queen Victoria and her son Bertie, but the story is written to make the viewer feel their humanness and experience their struggles with politics and family, joys and grief--also very familiar to common people. This is so much more than a British history lesson.
Lillie Langtry's (Francesca Annis) relationship with Bertie, is included as well as his mistress Alice Keppel.Read more ›
Timothy West (Bleak House) stars as the title character, and does an extraordinary job of taking Edward from young adulthood through old age. Annette Crosbie (Calendar Girls) costars as his remarkable mother, Queen Victoria, and must be said to do an equally remarkable job of taking her character from child-bearing young woman through old age. Other stars include Felicity Kendal (Rosemary & Thyme - The Complete Series), Robert Hardy (...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining and well staged. One wonders about the historical accuracy of the characters' personalities. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Petunia
I had expected the DVDs to have been digitally remastered, but that is not the case. This is, however, the series shown on Masterpiece Theater decades ago. Read morePublished 24 days ago by VickyNC
hours and hours of entertainment. Superb acting, costumes and sets.Published 2 months ago by Michael Reed
Horrific. Utterly and completely horrific. To be sure, I'm a tad more critical than most, having spent the better part of my life studying, researching, visiting, reading and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dawn Albrecht-parys
The expense of costuming alone would likely prevent this series from being made today, not to mention the ensemble cast which is superlative and believable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jorge
I don't know what you call this type of movie, where it looks real, not movie like....
I prefer movie like
Portrayals were illuminating and great . The actors were exceptional, particularly Tim. Brought all the various history texts to life.Published 3 months ago by M A H