Bertie & Elizabeth

Bertie & Elizabeth

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Director: Giles Foster

Cast: Giles Foster, James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, Alan Bates

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
01/04/2005
UPC:
0783421383098
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Scene selection; Access to the masterpiece theatre website; Closed captions; Described video for the visually impaired

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Wilby Albert, the Duke of York
Juliet Aubrey Elizabeth
Alan Bates King George VI
Eileen Atkins Queen Mary
Charles Edwards King Edward VIII
Charles Edwards King Edward VIII
Amber Rose Sealey Wallis Simpson
David Ryall Winston Churchill
Michael Elwyn Logue
Oliver Ford Davies Archbishop Lang
Paul Brooke Tommy Lascelles
Deborah Cornelius Thelma Furness
Robert Hardy Franklin D. Roosevelt
Helen Ryan Queen Wilhelmina
Dennis Lill Clement Attlee
Simon Day Robert Wood
Barbara Leigh Hunt Mabell Lady Airlie
Nicholas Pritchard HC Davidson
Naomi Martin Princess Elizabeth (young)
Jenna Molloy Princess Margaret (young)
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh Princess Elizabeth (older)
Hannah Wiltshire Princess Margaret (older)
Corin Redgrave Gen. Montgomery
Gabrielle Lloyd Alah-Nurse
Peter Eyre Butler Simpson
David Burke John Reith
Jeremy Swift Royal Page
William Micklebrugh Equerry-James Stuart
Rupert Wickham Equerry-Grouse
Osmund Bullock Pressman at Fort Belvedere
Geoffrey Beevers Lord Strathmore

Technical Credits
Giles Foster Director
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
Rex Maidment Cinematographer
Jonathan Powell Executive Producer
Michael Whitehall Executive Producer
Joanna Willett Producer
Nigel Williams Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [4:16]
2. Marrying a Commoner [10:30]
3. The Duke and Duchess of York [10:42]
4. David Meets Mrs. Simpson [6:45]
5. If a King Goes Against His Ministers [14:52]
6. King George VI [18:06]
7. Wartime [19:30]
8. The Tolls of War [20:59]

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