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Edward & Mrs. Simpson 

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | TV Mini-Series (1978)
While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in Parliament, especially ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Edward Fox ...  King Edward VIII 7 episodes, 1978
Cynthia Harris ...  Wallis Warfield Simpson 7 episodes, 1978
David Waller David Waller ...  Stanley Baldwin 6 episodes, 1978
Peggy Ashcroft ...  Queen Mary 5 episodes, 1978
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Walter Monkton 5 episodes, 1978
John Shrapnel ...  Major Alexander Hardinge 5 episodes, 1978
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ...  Duke of York 5 episodes, 1978
Jessie Matthews ...  Aunt Bessie Merryman 4 episodes, 1978
Charles Keating ...  Ernest Simpson 4 episodes, 1978
Peter Ellis Peter Ellis ...  Osborne 4 episodes, 1978
Amanda Reiss Amanda Reiss ...  Duchess of York 4 episodes, 1978
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ...  Duff Cooper 3 episodes, 1978
Patricia Hodge ...  Lady Diana Cooper 3 episodes, 1978
Elsie Randolph ...  Lady Colefax 3 episodes, 1978
Gary Waldhorn ...  Chips Channon 3 episodes, 1978
Nuala Barrie Nuala Barrie ...  Queen Mary's Lady in Waiting 3 episodes, 1978
Rosanne Wickes Rosanne Wickes ...  Princess Mary 3 episodes, 1978
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ...  Winston Churchill 3 episodes, 1978
Patrick Troughton ...  Clement Attlee 3 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in Parliament, especially when King George V dies, Mrs. Simpson gets divorced, and King Edward announces his intentions to marry her. Written by Kathy Li

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He abandoned crown and country for the woman he loved.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edward & Mrs. Simpson See more »

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Fox's daughter Emilia Fox played King Edward VIII's niece Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2009). Furthermore, his younger brother James Fox played the former King's father King George V in W.E. (2011) and his nephew Laurence Fox played the former King's younger brother and eventual successor King George VI in W.E. (2011) and his great-nephew Prince Charles in Whatever Love Means (2005). See more »

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Soundtracks

I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales
(uncredited)
By Herbert Farjeon
Opening theme
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A different view
22 October 2013 | by lynnmikenoelSee all my reviews

While we enjoy watching this interesting and historical movie, our enjoyment is somewhat tempered by our relationship to the film. My wife and I were extras in the Kenya segment of the film and had the opportunity and misfortune to see Edward Fox, a second-rate actor who should get down on his knees every morning to thank whatever powers that be that his brother gave him his breakout chance in film, behave as the spoiled and undeserving brat he is. He treated everyone around him as though he was the only true human in the area. At one point he reduced one young woman to tears when she was a (very) few seconds late running to hold a mirror for him to check that his face and makeup were up to his high standards. This young woman was making a tiny fraction of Mr. Fox's salary but she was worth twenty of him. In contrast, the fine actress Cherie Lunghi, who was not on camera at the time, asked the extras if they would like some tea. It was only when she stood up for her section of the shoot that we realized that she was ,in fact, a cast member, and hundreds of times more gracious than Mr. Fox.


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