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Edward And Mrs Simpson [VHS] [1978]

4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Edward Fox, Cynthia Harris, David Waller, Peggy Ashcroft, Nigel Hawthorne
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Thames Video
  • VHS Release Date: 25 Feb. 2002
  • Run Time: 350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CITA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A BAFTA and Emmy winning production in which Edward Fox stars as Edward VIII, the man who abdicated for love. The story begins with Edward meeting American divorcee Mrs Wallis Simpson in 1930. Upon Edward succeeding to the throne in 1936, the crisis of the pair's romance was heightened and Edward was forced to step down, making his farewell broadcast to the nation in December of that year.

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Produced by Thames Television in 1981 (the video opens with that immortal logo), Edward & Mrs Simpson was made at a time when the "Royal Wedding" of Charles and Diana had revived interest in the monarchy’s past. As well as topicality, the series benefited greatly from the quality of the script and casting. Frances Donaldson's biography, with its many insights into a still-controversial period of recent British history, was sensitively adapted for the screen by Simon Raven.

As Edward VIII, Edward Fox gets to the heart of the urbane but emotionally vulnerable heir to the throne, unable to reconcile the callings of state with the promptings of his heart. Cynthia Harris is wholly plausible as the charming but scheming Wallis Simpson--part-femme fatale, part-social climber--who dupes herself into misjudging the protocol of the British aristocracy. The supporting cast, including Cherie Lunghi as the flirtatious Lady Thelma Furness, Peggy Ashcroft as the formidable Queen Mary and David Waller as the long-suffering Stanley Baldwin, uphold the highest standards of TV drama, while Ron Grainer's theme-song effortlessly evokes the glamour of the era.

Both videos in this boxed set contain three episodes and the credits are retained at the beginning and end of each episode, as--more surprisingly--are the mid-episode breaks. Considering its age, the picture quality of the series has survived remarkably well. As the winner of BAFTA and Emmy Awards, this series certainly does its subject justice, and the story is unlikely to ever be told more stylishly. --Richard Whitehouse


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