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Edward Fox, Nigel hawthorne in the performance of their lives.,
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This series by master writer Simon Raven was first aired in 7 parts in 1978. It tells the intimate story of Edward V111's romance with Mrs. Simpson, twice divorced already. Over the period shown we see glimpses of his popularity with the common people but mostly we see his hedonistic appetite for dilettante avoidance of his duties, and his relationship with Mrs. Simpson which is allowed to become a threatening fixture in his life by the failure of his advisers - Baldwin the prime Minister, his father George V, his equerry, who allow the affair to drag on simply because her paucity of charms and the difficulties which surround the relationship imply to them that the relationship must fizzle out of its own accord. Edward on the other hand, who enjoys being king but has little taste for the duties involved, paints himself into an impossible corner egged on by his paramour. It ends, brilliantly and movingly, with his abdication speech and subsequent exile. Exquisitely played by Edward Fox in the role of his career, by Peggy Ashcroft as Queen Mary, Nigel Hawthorne as Walter Monkton, with Cynthia Harris recreating brilliantly Mrs Simpson's manipulative sinister charm and political naivetë, this is English real living history ar it's best. And for a bonus it's a natural segue into 'The King's Speech?