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Venus at the Prow 

With Wallis firmly established as his mistress and his hostess, gossip and muttering begins. When her instructions to the household staff are ignored, the Prince lets it be known in no ... See full summary »

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Frances Donaldson (book), Simon Raven

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Fox ... King Edward VIII
Cynthia Harris ... Wallis Warfield Simpson
Peggy Ashcroft ... Queen Mary (as Dame Peggy Ashcroft)
Marius Goring ... King George V
David Waller David Waller ... Stanley Baldwin
Maurice Denham ... Cosmo Lang - Archbishop of Canterbury
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ... Duff Cooper (as Trevor Bowen)
Patricia Hodge ... Lady Diana Cooper
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Duke of York
Charles Keating ... Ernest Simpson
Jessie Matthews ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Elsie Randolph ... Lady Colefax
Bessie Love ... Lady Cunard
Gary Waldhorn ... Chips Channon
Antony Brown ... Hugh Lloyd Thomas (as Anthony Brown)
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Storyline

With Wallis firmly established as his mistress and his hostess, gossip and muttering begins. When her instructions to the household staff are ignored, the Prince lets it be known in no uncertain terms that whatever she says is to be followed to the letter. With her husband unavailable due to business commitments, Wallis and the Prince set off for an extended holiday sailing in the Mediterranean. King George V and Queen Mary are concerned at the Prince's lengthy absence from his official duties all the more so when he extends the holiday by three weeks. They are also concerned that he has yet to marry and that his relationship with Wallis may lead to something more serious. The King consults the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Prime Minister but all agree that little harm can come of the relationship as long as she remains married. On the death of his father, the Prince becomes King Edward VIII. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1978 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Moments before the scene inside Buckingham Palace when Wallis is introduced to King George V we see a still shot of the Palace with no Royal Standard flying, this signifies that the monarch is not in residence in which case he can't be inside receiving any one, especially Mrs Simpson. See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is The Sweetest Thing
(uncredited)
By Ray Noble
playing on the phonograph at Belvidere
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