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    Edward and Mrs. Simpson: The Complete Series




    This is the story of an almost impossible choice – a choice between love and duty. A choice to be made by the King of England, Edward VIII. To choose love is to deny his birthright and throw an Empire into constitutional crisis, to choose duty is to deny himself.

    This compelling and award-winning seven-part drama covers the period between 1928 and the King’s abdication in December 1936. A series of events that are truly global in their impact, the drama unfolds as desperate attempts are made to bring the King to understand his duty and obligation – a situation which polarised the Cabinet, the Church of England and politicians across the Empire.

    Based on Frances Donaldson’s definitive biography of Edward VIII, EDWARD AND MRS. SIMPSON was filmed on location in places as disparate as Kenya (on safari) and South Wales (down a coal mine). The whole atmosphere of the 1930s was painstakingly re-created, winning the serial BAFTAs for both Best Design and Best Drama Serial in 1978. For his outstanding performance as the King, Edward Fox won a BAFTA for Best Actor, as well as awards from the Broadcasting Pres Guild, the Royal Television Society and the TV Times.

    This release will appeal to anyone who bought Network's previous release of EDWARD THE SEVENTH, lovers of quality drama everywhere and archive television fans.

    Episode included in this set are:

    • The Little Prince
    • Venus at the Prow
    • The New King
    • The Divorce
    • The Decision
    • Proposals
    • The Abdication
     

    • Catalogue Number : 7952284
    • Available Since : 01/06/2007
    • Classification U
    • Number of Discs 2
    • Picture 4:3 / Colour
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time 350 mins
    • Short Name Edward Mrs. Simpson
    Grade 
    Matthew K
    09/1/2013

    Edward & Mrs Simpson

    A polished, well-considered and affecting series from late-1970s Thames. There's a self-awareness to the casting which tempts the informed viewer to see Edward & Mrs Simpson as something of an inside job, an emanation from the slightly raffish side of the British establishment, paying its way by commercial breaks. Edward Fox, playing Edward VIII, was the nephew of Frances Donaldson. His first wife was the granddaughter of Freda Dudley Ward, the most enduring of Edward's mistresses when he was prince of Wales, infamously dismissed with the words from the palace switchboard "I'm sorry, but I have orders not to put you through."

    Appropriately for a drama leading up to an event which interrupted and accelerated hereditary succession, Edward & Mrs Simpson draws on a wider sense of theatrical genealogy. Several of the older historical figures are personified by actors whose careers were already well under way when Edward VIII left the throne in December 1936.

    More thoughts on my blog: http://stjamesseveningpost.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/edward-and-mrs-simpson-1978.html

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    Edward and Mrs. Simpson: The Complete Series

    Edward and Mrs. Simpson: The Complete Series

    This is the story of an almost impossible choice – a choice between love and duty. A choice to be made by the King of England, Edward VIII. To choose love is to deny his birthright and throw an Empire into constitutional crisis, to choose duty

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