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Bertie and Elizabeth (2002)





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The fascinating story of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth is recounted in this British made-for-TV effort. It all begins in 1920, when the then-Duke of York Albert (James Wilby), known affectionately as Bertie, meets and falls in love with the aristocratic, 19-year-old Elizabeth Bowes-Lytton (Juliet Aubrey). Although their marriage makes international headlines, the mild, unprepossessing Bertie knows that he will always play second fiddle to his dashing older brother, the Prince of Wales, in the hearts and minds of the British people. This is never more true than when Bertie's brother ascends to the throne as King Edward VIII in 1936. That same year, however, the new King abdicates so that he may marry the woman of his choice, thereby thrusting the reluctant Bertie into the limelight as Monarch of the British Isles. Spurred on by the love and devotion of his lifelong helpmate Elizabeth, Bertie -- now King George -- proves more than worthy of his new burdens and responsibilities, especially during the darkest days of WWII. Although the King passes on in 1952 (a death hastened by his fondness for tobacco), Elizabeth lives well past the century mark, beloved by her subjects as the mother of the future Queen Elizabeth II and the impulsive Princess Margaret. A co-production of Carlton Television and PBS, Bertie and Elizabeth was telecast in America as part of the Masterpiece Theater anthology on February 4, 2002.

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Juliet Aubrey
as Queen Elizabeth
Alan Bates
as King George V
Eileen Atkins
as Queen Mary
Charles Edwards
as King Edward VIII
Amber Rose Sealey
as Wallis Simpson
David Ryall
as Winston Churchill
Oliver Ford Davies
as Archbishop Lang
Paul Brooke
as Tommy Lascelles
Deborah Cornelius
as Thelma Furness
Robert Hardy
as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Helen Ryan
as Queen Wilhelmina
Dennis Lill
as Clement Attlee
Nicholas Pritchard
as HC Davidson
Naomi Martin
as Princess Elizabeth (young)
Jenna Molloy
as Princess Margaret (young)
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh
as Princess Elizabeth (older)
Hannah Wiltshire
as Princess Margaret (older)
Corin Redgrave
as Gen. Montgomery
Gabrielle Lloyd
as Alah-Nurse
Peter Eyre
as Butler Simpson
Jeremy Swift
as Royal Page
William Micklebrugh
as Equerry-James Stuart
Rupert Wickhan
as Equerry-Grouse
Osmund Bullock
as Pressman at Fort Belvedere
Geoffrey Beevers
as Lord Strathmore
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Made for tv style of movie. Lightly done. No real depth. Something to pass the time..

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