Edward the King

"Edward the King" (1975), known as "Edward the Seventh" in England, was a TV drama series. It had been based on the biography of Edward VII (1841 - 1910) of England by Philip Magnus. Despite the title, only the last three episodes covered Edward's reign, as he did not inherit the throne until he was nearly 60 years old.

He was the oldest son of Queen Victoria who, according to the series, never saw him as capable or intelligent and thus gave him very little responsibility - despite the fact that he wanted it. Even after he becomes King, he still had trouble getting people to take him seriously.

Tuesdays on ITV
1 Season, 13 Episodes
April 1, 1975
Drama, Family, History, Military & War, Mini-Series
8.5/10
Cast: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Felicity Kendal
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Edward the King
Episodes

Edward the King Full Episode Guide

  • Bertie helps Britain forge a treaty of alliance with Russia, despite Wilhelm's continued attempts to interfere. Meanwhile, a constitutional crisis looms in Britain, as the House of Lords resists the rise of the House of Commons and its social reforms. Worn down from work, Bertie falls gravely ill and dies, beloved by his family, friends, and country.

  • With Britain's popularity at a low point across Europe, Bertie courts friendly relations with other nations in defiance of the government ministers.

  • Taking Edward as his royal name, the government wonders what kind of king he will be. Anxieties mount as his sister warns him of Wilhelm's intentions.

  • Queen Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, but the festive spirit is short-lived when conflicts erupt in other parts of the world.

  • Bertie's scandals rock the royal family once again. Trying to protect his dalliance from public exposure, he exacerbates the situation.

  • Bertie finally gains employment as head of a housing commission but still has time for an affair with the beautiful actress Lillie Langtry.

  • Restless and frustrated with Victoria's constant refusals to assign him work, Bertie finally wins her consent to take an official tour of India.

  • Victoria's self-imposed isolation stirs republican sentiment in Britain, which Bertie's social scandals further enflame.

  • Distraught with grief, Victoria secludes herself from the public and insists Bertie marry Alix. The couple finds happiness together.

  • Although Victoria searches for a suitable wife for Bertie, he remains reluctant to marry, despite the appeal of Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

  • After charming America, Bertie returns home to attend Oxford University. Entrusted to the eye of his guardian, Bertie manages to make some friends.

  • Suffering under a tyrannical educational system designed by his father and Baron von Stockmar, Bertie grows up perpetually disappointing his parents.

  • A young Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert juggle marriage, a newborn and the demands of government.