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Edward the King

Season 1 Episode 3

The New World

Aired Unknown Apr 15, 1975 on ITV
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The New World
Bertie's growing independence starts to worry Prince Albert. It is decided that a suitable marriage and a short stint in the army might keep the heir to the throne in line.

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  • Classic drama.

    This thirteen-part series comes from a time when a historical story could be told without gimmicks, filmed in a studio, with the best of the theatrical world showing up for short scenes. What is remarkable is that it gives us a new view on the Victorian era.

    The biggest gamble of the show must have been allowing Robert Hardy to play Prince Albert with a thick German accent. Luckily, his strong performance makes us forget the possibly hilarious consequences of that choice. It turns out that the real Victorian spirit came from Prince Albert, not from Queen Victoria. Albert is a cold-hearted man, with a strong belief in a stern upbringing, though he really seemed to love his children. His idea of keeping Bertie away from the real world was just asking for trouble. Young Bertie, meanwhile, coasts along on his charm.

    The performance are exquisite and the story moves along at a nice pace. At no time does this feel outdated, simply because it is done with style.moreless
Alison Leggatt

Alison Leggatt

Duchess of Kent

Guest Star

Guy Slater

Guy Slater

Charles Carrington

Guest Star

Felicity Kendal

Felicity Kendal

Princess Vicky

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • 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.

  • NOTES (1)

    • 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).