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Edward the King 1 Season

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (119) IMDb 8.5/10

He waited a lifetime to be king, ruled England for just nine years, and changed the monarchy forever. Winner of an Emmy and multiple BAFTA awards, this deluxe British miniseries traces the life of Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria, from frustrated prince to respected statesman, philanderer to loving father.

Starring:
Annette Crosbie, Timothy West

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1. The Boy

A young Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert juggle marriage and the demands of government. Since Albert desires more involvement in political affairs, Victoria relinquishes trusted advisers in favor of her husband and Robert Peel's new government. It is into this serious and striving environment that Albert Edward is born.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: April 1, 1975
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2. An Experiment in Education

Suffering under a tyrannical educational system designed by his father and Baron von Stockmar, Bertie grows up perpetually disappointing his parents. Isolated from other children, his beloved siblings are his only companions, and he is distressed to learn he will ascend the throne instead of his elder sister, Vicky.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 8, 1975
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3. The New World

After charming America, Bertie returns home to attend Oxford University. Entrusted to the watchful eye of his guardian, Bertie cannot socialize as a normal student but manages to make some friends. Hoping to quell his rebelliousness, his father finally consents to army training for Bertie.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 15, 1975
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4. Alix

Although Victoria searches for a suitable wife for Bertie, he remains reluctant to marry, despite the manifest appeal of Princess Alexandra of Denmark. While Victoria remains preoccupied with Bertie, Prince Albert overworks himself preserving peace with America during its Civil War and falls gravely ill.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 22, 1975
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5. A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

Distraught with grief, Victoria secludes herself from the public and insists Bertie marry Alix. The couple finds happiness together, but Victoria still denies Bertie a role in the government. Meanwhile, the political situation in Europe and in the royal family grows tense as Prussia's military ambitions threaten Alix's native Denmark.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: April 29, 1975
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6. The Invisible Queen

Victoria's self-imposed isolation stirs republican sentiment in Britain, which Bertie's social scandals further enflame. Prussia's growing power causes rifts within the extended royal family, who find themselves on opposing sides. And on the tenth anniversary of Prince Albert's death, Bertie battles with the same disease that killed his father.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: May 6, 1975
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7. Dearest Prince

Restless and frustrated with Victoria's constant refusals to assign him work, Bertie finally wins her consent to take an official tour of India. Although his visit proves an overwhelming success, a private romantic affair that becomes a public scandal mars his accomplishment and draws both Alix and Bertie into the mess.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: May 13, 1975
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8. The Royal Quadrille

Bertie finally gains employment as head of a working-class housing commission but still has time for an affair with the beautiful actress Lillie Langtry. His happiness contrasts with his sister Vicky's ever-more-precarious position in Germany, as Bismarck consolidates his power and becomes an influential advisor to Vicky's son Wilhelm.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: May 20, 1975
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9. Scandal

Bertie's scandals rock the royal family once again. Trying to protect his current dalliance from public exposure, he exacerbates the situation by participating in an illegal card game that goes disastrously awry. But the sudden illness of his eldest son overshadows these concerns.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: May 27, 1975
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10. The Years of Waiting

Queen Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, but the festive spirit is short-lived when conflicts erupt in other parts of the world. Alix fears for her brother, the Greek king, in his troubles with the Turks, and the Boer War breaks out in Africa. As Victoria's health weakens, so does Bertie's desire to be king.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: June 3, 1975
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11. King at Last

Taking Edward as his royal name, Bertie and the government wonder what kind of king he will be. His anxieties mount as his dying sister Vicky warns him against Kaiser Wilhelm's intentions and his coronation is repeatedly delayed, first by the Boer War and later by life-threatening surgery.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: June 10, 1975
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12. The Peacemaker

With Britain's popularity at a low point across Europe, Bertie courts friendly relations with other nations in defiance of the government ministers. His successful efforts earn him the sobriquet "The Peacemaker," but the megalomaniacal kaiser plots with the Russian czar against their Uncle Bertie.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: June 17, 1975
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13. Good Old Teddy!

Bertie helps Britain forge a treaty of alliance with Russia, despite Wilhelm's continued attempts to interfere. Meanwhile, a constitutional crisis looms in Britain, as the House of Lords resists the rise of the House of Commons and its social reforms. Worn down from work, Bertie falls gravely ill and dies, beloved by his family, friends, and country.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: July 1, 1975
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Edward the King is a superb seventies' dramatisation of the life of Queen Victoria's son Bertie, the Prince of Wales, who went on to become King Edward VII in 1901. The series (which consists of thirteen 50-minute episodes) is actually entitled Edward the Seventh (the title was for some reason changed to Edward the King on the packaging). As for the dvd, there are no extras; and the quality of the picture/sound, although good, is not outstanding, and I don't think the series has been remastered. Unfortunate as this may be, please don't be deterred on that account; the quality is as good as one would expect from any video and it is, after all, the content and the quality of the performance that is most important.
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.
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You do not have to be British or even knowledgeable in British History to enjoy this 13-episode (each being about 51 minutes) story of the making of King Edward the 7th. It was originally broadcast on British TV (as Edward the Seventh) in the 70s but is so well done that it appears to be a 21th century release.

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.
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"Edward The King," a 1975 British television drama about the life of Edward VII of Great Britain, has just been released in a box set, consisting of four DVD's, that comprise the original thirteen episodes of the series. It was originally broadcast in the U.K. as "Edward the Seventh," and was aired in the U.S. on public television stations and major network affiliates in the late 1970s. Evidently, it dates from the great age of British TV series, and like many of them, was made for Britain's ITV, Independent Television; it bears the hallmarks of those classic 1970's series: an all-star cast, tremendous production values - a cast of hundreds if not thousands, richly detailed sets and costumes. It won an Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design and three BAFTA Awards, including Best Drama Series and Best Actress. The box set boasts several special features; but, unfortunately, does not offer subtitles.

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 (
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