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This review is from: Edward The Seventh  [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 17 Apr 2012 17:12:42 BDT
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M. Teresa Francou says:
I too thought Charles Sturridge should have done at least one more episode. Timothy West himself says in the magazine that came out to accompany the series that the young Bertie was rather hard to play when he himself was 40 at the time. Briliant production though. Excellent acting thoughout. I paid £40 for my copy when it first come out on DVD in 2004. But even at that price it was worth every penny.
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