I revisited this British Royal biopic the other night and although it's a bit rough around the edges, I still found it enjoyable to watch the events unfold as they did back in the 1930's when King Edward VIII abdicated, forcing his unprepared brother to take over. I loved seeing the loving, supportive relationship between Bertie and Elizabeth and how together they helped shape Britain for the years that followed. I felt that some of the characters were over-dramatized for the purposes of this tv movie or at least I hope they were. For instance, I found David to be portrayed as selfish and immature and I thought that the real King Edward had more virtues than displayed in this drama.
All in all, I would recommend it especially if you share an interest in the British Monarchy. I have to admit that I rewatched this partly due to the fact that there's another film due for release this year featuring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter as 'Bertie and Elizabeth' in The King's Speech. It was fun to see a scene in this film with George and his speech therapist Lionel Logue, since that relationship is the primary focus of the new film.
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James Wilby as King George VI (Bertie)
Juliet Aubrey as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Charles Edwards as King Edward VIII (David)
Alan Bates as King George V
Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary
Barbara Leigh-Hunt as Lady Mabel Airlie
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh as future Queen Elizabeth II