Lillie

Season 1 Episode 5

Bertie

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Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 21, 1978 on ITV
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Bertie
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The artists who introduced Lillie to London society, discover that's she's spending more time with a secret admirer. When even Edward Langtry finds out that it's the Prince of Wales, the Prince tries to hide the illicit nature of their relationship by introducing Lillie to his wife, Princess Alexandra.moreless

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    Denis Lill

    Denis Lill

    Prince of Wales

    Anton Rodgers

    Anton Rodgers

    Edward Langtry

    Ann Firbank

    Ann Firbank

    Princess Alexandra

    Don Fellows

    Don Fellows

    James Whistler

    Peter Egan

    Peter Egan

    Oscar Wilde

    Jennie Linden

    Jennie Linden

    Patsy Cornwallis-West

    David Dixon

    David Dixon

    Prince Leopold

    Guest Star

    Edgar Wreford

    Edgar Wreford

    Lord Suffield

    Guest Star

    Alex Scott

    Alex Scott

    Sir Allen Young

    Guest Star

    John Barcroft

    John Barcroft

    Francis Knollys

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Whistler: Lillie, what did you think of the heir to the throne?


        Lillie: He smelled rather strongly of cigars.

      • Prince of Wales: Please forgive the subterfuge, but I very much wanted to meet you again. And I find that whenever I call upon a lady, she automatically risks losing her reputation in the eyes of the world.

      • Patsy: The Prince only chooses married women who've already given their husbands an heir. Otherwise he prefers a romantic friendship. Well, it can be ended without complications.


        Oscar: So he will make her the queen of society.


        Patsy: For a season. That is as long as his enthusiasms last.

      • Whistler: You see what an artist I am. Now I've gilded the lily.

    • NOTES (4)

      • We learn that both Bertie and Lillie have survived typhoid fever.

      • This series displays one of the hallmarks of British TV of this era. DANCING. Every episode has had a scene of a ball with waltzing, etc.

      • At the same time that this series, with Peter Egan's marvelous performance as the young Oscar Wilde, was airing in the UK. Vincent Price was touring the US, as an aging Wilde, in the one man play "Diversions and Delights", written by John Gay. It was a thoroughly engrossing play and Mr Price's acting in this role was one of the best things that he ever did.
        Your humble editor was priviledged to see a performance of this play near the same date that this episode was shown.

      • In the later episodes of the previously mentioned "Edward the King" series Denis Lill played Bertie's friend and advisor Frederick Ponsonby. This, undoubtedly, gave him some insight into how he would interpret the role when he played Bertie in this series.

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