Their romance and subsequent marriage is set against the backdrop of landmark events, such as the abdication of Edward VIII; George VI's coronation as British King and his relationship with Winston Churchill during the war, as well as the king's broadcast to his people on Victory Day in Europe.
Starring BAFTA award-winner Juliet Aubrey (Primeval; Lewis) and James Wilby (Poirot, Midsomer Murders).
Actors: James Wilby, Juliet Aubrey, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins
Manufacturer: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
And then the Abdication of Edward VIII and the Royals are in quite a panic. Hence the enthronement of George VI (Bertie) played very subtly by the much under-appreciated James Wilby - making his Elizabeth of the title (tour-de-force performance again this time by Juliet Aubrey). Elizabeth that many generations after the events here depicted knew only as the sweet old Queen Mother.
But there's more to each of the main characters' lives than struggling with Bertie's horror of speaking in public because of his stutter. And we don't get to see Elizabeth, The Queen Mother much in her retiring years.
We do get to see a romantic, epic story against the backdrop of war-torn England.
The supporting cast (if we can call it that and not diminish their achievement) features the likes of Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary to Alan Bates' George V. Robert Hardy as President Roosevelt has less to work with, but it is a pleasure to watch him at anytime.
I admit it. I was moved by this syrupy view of History! And yet I am not so sure the essential tale was not well told.
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