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2. The Crisis of Wallis Simpson

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Wallis Simpson's view of the abdication crisis as imagined from memoirs of those involved between December 4th and December 12th 1936 and based with her in the south of France at that time.

With a clearer mind, having fled to France to escape the publicity and press intrusion surrounding her impending marriage to Edward VIII, Wallis tries to persuade the King not to abdicate and convince him they can continue their relationship without the need to marry.

Nicola Baldwin’s take on Edward VIII’s abdication crisis.

Wallis Simpson ...... Frances Barber
Edward VIII ...... Anthony Calf
Kitty Rogers ...... Jane McKenna
Herman Rogers ...... Mark Straker
Lord Brownlow ...... Richard Dillane
Goddard ...... David Collings
George Ladbrook ...... Ben Crowe
Inspector ...... Richard Atlee

Director: Celia de Wolff

A Pier production for Radio 4, first broadcast in December 2016. Show less


Wallis Simpson:
Frances Barber
Edward VIII:
Anthony Calf
Kitty Rogers:
Jane McKenna
Herman Rogers:
Mark Straker
Lord Brownlow:
Richard Dillane
George Ladbrook:
Ben Crowe
Richard Atlee


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