Starring James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins, Charles Edwards and Paul Brooke.
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
I picked this up cheap on Amazon as part of a package deal as I'm interested in anything to do with the Abdication and Britain at War. I was a bit unsure of whether I'd like it in the first ten minutes but when it got into the swing of things, I started to enjoy it.
There was a lot of good acting in this TV film. Wilby and Aubrey were a very convincing Bertie and Elizabeth as they tried to come to terms with their change of status and Bertie's stutter. Edwards was brilliant as David, whose abdication had such a profound effect on his brother. The makers of this film make no apology for portraying David as arrogant, rude, manipulative and a fascist and his lover Mrs Simpson as rude and controlling. While I understand his fury at being told to abandon the woman that he loved, his Hitler loving antics did not impress me at all in real life as well as this film. Brooke is also excellent as the devoted and loyal Tommy Lascelles.
There was a great deal of humour in the film, usually featuring Atkins as Queen Mary. Her horror over being presented a fishcake to eat during the war and Gandhi sending one of his hand made loin clothes as a wedding gift were very funny. There were also some very emotional moments with the death of Bertie, a death that Elizabeth blamed on the stress of the job and never forgave Edward and Mrs Simpson for, from what I've read. Watching this, you can understand her feelings. However I think it is safe to say that the country were much better off with Bertie as their King when all is said and done.
Those with an interest in Monarchy in Britain or history in general might well enjoy this.