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Edward The Seventh [DVD] [1975]

4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Timothy West, Annette Crosbie, Robert Hardy
  • Directors: John Gorrie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015MRPYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

The entire BAFTA-winning TV drama series depicting the life of Edward the Seventh which starred Timothy West and Annette Crosbie. The episodes comprise: 'The Boy', 'Experiment in Education', 'The New World', 'Alix', 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes', 'The Invisible Queen', 'Dearest Prince', 'The Royal Quadrille', 'Scandal', 'The Years of Waiting', 'King at Last', 'The Peacemaker' and 'Good Old Teddy'.

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First shown in 1975, it was a remarkable achievement at the time. Now thanks to the wonders of DVD deserves to be seen by a wider audience. The production values and acting were simply first class. Of course, the younger generation may find the values and attitudes which existed in Victorian and Edwardian times difficult to understand, taking into account the way people behaved with each other in those days. But, those were the days! The viewer will also have fun spotting the face since many well known actors were just beginning their careers then. Amongst them Dennis Lill who portrayed the King's friend and secretary, Ponsonby, who went on to portray King Edward the Seventh in the successful series Lilly starring Francesca Annis who also appeared in this series as well. All round, a must see. A very good buy indeed. Sound and picture are quite good considering its now almost 30 years since it was first seen.
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This is a spectacular production that has held up well considering it is 30 years old. Annette Cosby's performance as Queen Victoria is fabulous, considering that she depicts Victoria from her early 20s to her early 80s! Timothy West makes a good Prince of Wales, and the supporting cast is very good. Christopher Neame is compelling and beleivable as Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Felicity Kendal warms our hearts as the charming Princess Vicky. A must buy for all royal lovers!
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2010
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The acclaimed 1975 series; 13 episodes, each 50 minutes. This portrayal of the shamefully underused heir to the throne is very much on Edward's side, playing down his grosser excesses. Despite his constant pleading, he was denied any real responsibilities by his parents Victoria and Albert. Frustrated, he turned to self-indulgent, trivial pursuits. Only when he was sixty and king were his talents appreciated - he, amongst other things, proving a skilled and greatly needed negotiator both at home and abroad.

The sumptuous production has much to please the eye. By modern standards, it may seem a little slow moving and wordy, some of the cast under the mistaken impression they are on the stage, needing to project their voices to reach the back of the stalls. Such criticisms are trivial amidst so much that delights. Annette Crosbie's Victoria deservedly won a BAFTA. Robert Hardy as Albert is simply superb - he and others increasingly fine as their characters age. What a triumph for Timothy West as Edward! A special delight is Helen Ryan as Alexandra - the princess usually late except when giving birth. Movingly she is an extraordinarily tolerant wife, Edward's mistress invited to see him as his death nears.

Extra pleasures include early glimpses of now famous faces, credits confirming the sightings and revealing other names that surprise. (What a joy,too, to have credits that can actually be read!) Extras include commentaries and a very interesting Robert Hardy feature.

All in all, a right royal treat.
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I first watched this on ATV in 1975 as an 11 year old. I ended up having a massive crush on Charles Sturridge as a result! I was overjoyed to get the chance to watch this on DVD and my own little 5 year loves watching "Bertie" and "Mama" (Queen Victoria).

Timothy West makes for a marvellous Edward although I thought at the time, they could have let Charles Sturridge continue with playing the young Bertie a little longer as they kept Deborah Grant with Alix for one more episode.

The acting by Annette Crosbie is superlative. For me, she is the definitive Queen Victoria - her resemblance is remarkable. Robert Hardy made for an excellent Prince Albert. It is quite clear to see how much the Queen must have depended upon him and how his death affected her.

Christopher Neame as Kaiser made for a wonderfully wicked individual - torn between family loyalties and foreign ambition.

There are too many fine performances here by a wonderfully assembled cast with many names now sadly lost - John Gielgud, Michael Hordern (such a cuddly character in Gladstone!). Lovely to see Timothy West's own children taking part as the young George and Eddy; making for three generations of the West family acting in Royal dramas. Apparently Timothy West's own father Lockwood played Edward VII in "Guest of Honour" in "Upstairs Downstairs".

This is a series I have already watched three times on DVD since receiving it and as I said, my little 5 year old enjoys it and asks questions so I feel he's sort of getting a history lesson while being entertained. Can't get better than that!
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At the age of 8, I sneakily watched this bent double and peaking through the sitting room door at home and was rapt; nearly thirty years on it has the same effect on me, albeit with viewing in more comfortable circumstances! OK the production may be a little dated, but the performances of Annette Crosbie, Robert Hardy, Felicity Kendall for starters and a host of other actors & actresses who have since then become household names are totally brilliant (I noticed the name of Charles Sturridge on the credits who played the young Bertie and later went on to direct Brideshead Revisted). The portrayals, in particular those of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (having watched the first three episodes this time around), seem so authentic that this is how one imagine's they might have been in real life
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