This historical drama from director Stephen Poliakoff was produced for and originally aired on the BBC. Miranda Richardson and Tom Hollander star as Queen Mary and King George V. After discovering that their son Prince John (Daniel Williams and Matthew Thomas) suffers from epilepsy and learning disabilities, the royals have the boy sent off to be raised in a rural farmhouse, lest he tarnish the family's image of superiority. Removed from the public eye and the attention of his parents, Prince John forms a loving bond with his nurse, Lalla (Gina McKee). ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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Fans of "The Queen" will find this movie fascinating. Prince John was the brother of the future King George VI--the father of England's Elizabeth II. Johnny was hidden away from the world because of his epilepsy and cared for by his devoted nanny Lalla. Unsentimental and frank in terms of his illness, the movie still shows him as a flesh and blood character of considerable charm and sensitivity. Added bonuses in this film are the fine performances of 2 of my favorite actors--Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. This film deserves a wide audience.
The Lost Prince is another title that lives up to the high quality of BBC productions. The movie works as a fine historical drama with excellent performances, attention to period detail and high production values. It also works as a little known piece of history in the "House of Windsor" at a time when many of the royal houses of Europe were ending their reigns. One very interesting irony was that England's royal family was related to several of the other royal families including their WWI nemisis, Kaiser Wilhelm and the ill-fated Tzar of Russia, Nicholas II. Fans of good drama as well as students of European history will find this film very enjoyable.
I really loved this movie as a peek into the lives of the Edwardian Royals. The sets and costumes were breathtaking and Miranda Richardson and Gina McKee were suberb. Miranda Richardson can do more with a tense look than most actors can do with a whole script. Prince John was sensitively portrayed as complex and multifaceted.