Edward the King

ITV (ended 1975)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Good Old Teddy

    Aired 7/1/75

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Peacemaker

    Aired 6/17/75

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    King at Last

    Aired 6/10/75

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Years of Waiting

    Aired 6/3/75

  • S 1 : Ep 9


    Aired 5/27/75

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Hardy

    Prince Albert

  • Timothy West

    Edward VII

  • Annette Crosbie

    Queen Victoria

  • Helen Ryan


  • John Gielgud

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • show Description
  • This is a 13-part British miniseries dramatizing the life of the eldest son of England's legendary Queen Victoria. King Edward VII was known as Prince Albert Victor (or "Bertie") and the Prince of Wales longer than he was king, due to Victoria's sixty-plus year reign.

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  • francklloyd

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (32)

    • Melbourne: You won't miss me half as much as you fear. You have the Prince to advise you now. If you have a problem, talk it over first with him.

      Victoria: We might disagree.

      Melbourne: Disagreements are not so dangerous in a marriage as secrets. Secrets lead to distrust.

    • Prince Albert: I have dreams, if the rest of my family choose wisely, for the whole of Europe united by the family ties of their rulers.

      Lord Aberdeen: A family of nations?

    • Lord Palmerston: I trust Your Majesty recovered.

      Queen Victoria: Sufficiently well. The birth was less painful than usual. Doctor Snow gave me chloroform.

      Lord Palmerston: The Church disapproves of it, I believe.

      Queen Victoria: The Church is run by men.

    • Queen Victoria: (about Bertie's bad behaviour) I am to blame. He has all my worst qualities. He is my caricature.

    • Lord Palmerston: With all respect, sir, you're already overworked. So many decisions! Surely the Prince could perform some purely ceremonial duties.

      Prince Albert: Lord Palmerston, I will not expose him to society yet. And more important, I will not expose society to him!

    • Queen Victoria: I don't understand why there has to be all this change. Always change! Of course, people should be given the chance to lead better lives, if they are capable of it. But most things are best left alone.

    • Duchess of Kent: Why don't you let him go into the army? Oh, nothing permanent. Let him do some training since he's so set on it. The discipline will do good for him and prepare him for marriage.

    • Lord Palmerston: The news from America is very grave, Ma'am. The northern states appear to be losing, the confederates are pushing ahead on all fronts.
      Queen Victoria: So it seems that gallantry is still superior to industrial power.

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    Notes (6)

    • Music: During his visit to the music hall, Bertie hears a singer perform "The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze" (1867, George Leybourne & Gaston Lyle).

    • Bertie and Alexandra are played by different actors in the early part of the series to account for the aging process of the characters. Peculiarly, the actors portraying the adult versions of Bertie and Alexandra do not show up at the same time. Bertie is played by Timothy West one episode before Helen Ryan takes over the role of Alexandra from Deborah Grant.

    • The steamboat used in this episode was the "Hero", supplied by John Players & Sons.

    • At the music halls the Prince of Wales sees George Leybourne sing "Champagne Charlie", a song first performed in 1867.

    • Music: The Prince watches Marie Lloyd perform "The Boy I Love Is Up In The Gallery" (G. Ware, 1885).

    • Denis Lill, who portrays Frederick Ponsonby, took on the role of Edward VII in John Gorrie's 1977 production of Lillie, in which Francesca Annis played the same role as she does in this series.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Sir Frederick Treves operated on the King shortly before the coronation. His great nephew, the actor of the same name, actually had a role in this series. He played Christopher Sykes.

    Allusions (2)

    • Prince of Wales: It's not the play, my dear fellow, it's Lillie they come to see, eh, my dear? Mrs Langtry: I don't know if Squire Bancroft would agree with you, sir. Squire Bancroft (1841-1926) was a British actor and producer. The play about which the Prince is talking, was probably Mrs Langtry's debut, She Stoops to Conquer, performed at the Haymarket Theatre in 1881.

    • The title of this episode refers to a complicated dance. In the eighteenth century the term Stately Quadrille referred to the forming of fresh alliances with different partners in order to maintain the balance of power in Europe.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The right mixture of theatre and history.

    By francklloyd, Dec 21, 2008