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THANK GOODNESS FOR THE ABDICATION...
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2017
This is a well made docudrama with good production values. It combines re-enactments with archival footage and commentary by a panel of three individuals who have written about the Royal family, including Lady Colin Campbell, who specializes in rumor mongering at its worst. Her inclusion on this panel was not a plus, as it denigrated its credibility. Still, the overall commentary was of some interest.
Emma Davies is excellent in the role of Elizabeth, the wife of King George VI, as is Gina McKee in the role of the notorious Wallis Simpson. While this docudrama breaks no new ground, as it is no news that there was no love lost between these two women, it does give one pause in terms of what might have been had King Edward VIII not abdicated. Given his proclivity towards the Nazi regime of Hitler, his continued reign would not have boded well for the world in general. So, it was probably a good thing that he abdicated, as King George VI and his queen, Elizabeth, were to prove to be staunchly against the Nazi regime.
Overall, I enjoyed this handsome production. Those who are interested in the English monarchy should find something to like, if only for its inclusion of some wonderful archival footage.