- The Lost Prince
Infobox Television Film
bgcolour = turquoise
name = The Lost Prince
caption = The Lost Prince DVD Cover
writer = Stephen Poliakoff
Miranda Richardson Michael Gambon Tom Hollander
language = English
released = 2003
"The Lost Prince" is an acclaimed British television drama, produced by
Talkback Thamesfor the BBCand originally broadcast in two episodes on BBC Onein January 2003. It won an Emmy Awardin September 2005.
Written and directed by the dramatist
Stephen Poliakoff, the production tells the true story of Prince John, the youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary, who died of epilepsyat the age of 13 in 1919.
John suffered from epileptic
seizuresand an autism-like developmental disorder, and the Royal Family tried to shelter him from public view as much as possible; the script shied away from presenting the Royal Family as unsympathetic to the Prince, and instead showed how much this cost them emotionally (particularly John's mother, Queen Mary). Poliakoff explores the story of John, his relationship with his family, John's brother Prince George, the political events going on at the time (like the fall of the House of Romanovin 1917) and the love and devotion shown to him by his nanny, Lalla, played by Gina McKee.
The drama also includes a portrayal of Tsar Nicholas II's execution in 1918, when the Russian Emperor and his family were murdered. However, some historians criticised the production's depiction of Nicholas and his wife Alexandra as stereotyped.
Reception & awards
It won a high viewing figure and much praise, was released on
VHSand DVDand was repeated on BBC Onein January 2004, almost exactly one year after its original showing. A further repeat showing followed on BBC Twoin January 2006. It is now occasionally shown in two parts on the BBC cable channel UK History. Both Miranda Richardsonand Gina McKeereceived Best Actress nominations at the British Academy Television Awardsin April 2004. The miniseries was also nominated for BAFTA TV awards for editing ( Clare Douglas), music (Adrian Johnston), and photography (Barry Ackroyd).
When the production was transmitted in the
United Statesin October 2004, it won the Emmy Awardfor Outstanding Miniseriesin 2005. Miranda Richardson was nominated for a Golden Globe.
*Daniel Williams - Prince John (younger)
*Matthew Thomas - Prince John (older)
Brock Everitt-Elwick- Prince George (younger)
Rollo Weeks- Prince George (older)
Gina McKee- Lalla
Tom Hollander- King George V
Miranda Richardson- Queen Mary
Bill Nighy- Baron Stamfordham
Bibi Andersson- Queen Alexandra
Ron Cook- David Lloyd George
Frank Finlay- H. H. Asquith
John Sessions- Henry Hansell
Michael Gambon- King Edward VII
David Barrass- Kaiser Wilhelm II
*cite journal |first= Sarah|last= Cardwell|year= 2006|title= Patterns, Layers and Values: Poliakoff's The Lost Prince|journal= Journal of British Cinema and Television|publisher= Edinburgh University Press|url= |volume= 3|issue= 1|pages= 134–141|doi= 10.3366/JBCTV.2006.3.1.134
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/lostprince/ Official BBC site]
* [http://wkar.org/enews/story.php?fill=051206/lostprince/ Interview with the writer/director, Stephen Poliakoff]
*imdb title|id=0349747|title=The Lost Prince
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/lostprince/index.html PBS site for "The Lost Prince"]
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/lostprince/notes_music.html PBS music notes for "The Lost Prince"]
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