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Royal Wives at War

A revealing documentary looking at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart, in a series of dramatised monologues set in 1967.

A revealing new look at the abdication crisis of 1936 through the eyes of the two women at its very heart. In a series of dramatised monologues set in 1967, Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Wallis Simpson look back at the dramatic events which led to King Edward VIII giving up the throne for the woman he loved.

Combining drama reconstructions, archive footage and a chorus of acquaintances and biographers, Royal Wives at War returns to some of the original words and opinions of the two women at the heart of that battle and unravels the story of a frosty relationship between the Queen Mother and Wallis that lasted for decades.

59 minutes

Last on

Tue 22 May 2018 03:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Tim Dunn
Producer Kate Shiers
Executive Producer Eamon Hardy
Writer Lindsay Shapero
Presenter Richard Harrington
Elizabeth, Queen Mother Emma Davies
Wallis Simpson Gina McKee
Edward VIII Nick Waring
George VI John Sackville
Thelma Furness Emma Campbell-Jones
Participant Hugo Vickers
Participant Lady Colin Campbell
Participant John Julius Norwich
Participant Andrew Morton
Participant Anne Sebba
Participant Kate Auspitz

Broadcasts

  • Fri 8 Jan 2016 21:00
  • Sat 9 Jan 2016 21:30
  • Fri 15 Jan 2016 00:05
  • Tue 19 Jan 2016 01:15
  • Mon 21 May 2018 21:00
  • Tue 22 May 2018 03:00

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