Masterpiece Theatre

Bertie & Elizabeth

Season 31, Ep 11, Aired 2/4/02
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  • Episode Description
  • This is mostly about the real-life abdication crisis of 1936, as seen by King George VI ('Bertie') and his wife, who came to the throne after King Edward VIII ('David') fell on his sword to marry an American divorcee. As the story centres on putting the case of Bertie and Elizabeth, and not that of David and Wallis, it will seem strange to those brought up on the idea that Edward was the good guy in the story.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Russell Baker

    Host (1992-present)

  • James Wilby

    King George the VI "Bertie"

  • Juliet Aubrey

    Queen Elizabeth

  • Alan Bates

    King George V

  • Eileen Atkins

    Queen Mary

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • Names: You may wonder who Bertie was. Although he took the name of George VI, the king's first name was Albert, and he was known as Bertie to his friends. The previous king, his brother , was called Edward VIII as king, but was addressed as David. After abdicating, he became the Duke of Windsor.

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