Prince Regent:The Complete Series (DVD)
Peter Egan, Susannah York and Nigel Davenport lead the cast in this acclaimed drama series about Britains king-in-waiting, George, Prince of Wales (1762-1830).
The life and times of George (1762-1830), Prince of Wales, from his debauched youth and two marriages to his fathers madness and his belated ascent to the throne.
George, Prince of Wales waited almost 60 years to become King, despite his father George III's long battle with mental illness.
In his youth the prince (Peter Egan) is a notorious womaniser, gambler and drinker, who runs up huge debts with extravagant renovations of his private palace, Carlton House.
At 21 he falls for the charms of Maria Fitzherbert (Susannah York), a twice-widowed Catholic commoner six years his senior. Despite her unsuitability on almost every count, he rushes into a secret marriage. But his father the King (Nigel Davenport), insists he make a proper marriage with his cousin Princess Caroline of Brunswick (Dinah Stabb), in exchange for support in clearing his debts. That marriage is a disaster as young George refuses to give up Maria and takes a series of other lovers.
When George III succumbs to his first bout of madness in 1788, theres a constitutional crisis. Without a Kings Speech, there can be no State Opening of Parliament, and plans are drawn up for a Regency.
Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger (David Collings) reluctantly agrees with the princes staunch ally and his own fierce rival Charles James Fox (Keith Barron) that there is only one suitable candidate to assume the duties of the living King. But the King recovers his wits, and the Regency is delayed for another twenty years.
Not till our own times would an heir to the British throne wait so long for his coronation.
Running Time: 400 minutes
Region: Region 2
Release Date: 17 Oct. 2016