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George V: The Tyrant King

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Summary

Behind his brother Edward in line to the throne, George V was shy, scared of public speaking, poorly educated and lacking refinement and could come across as cold and detached. But when Edward died from flu he not only inherited the crown, but married his brother's fiancee Mary, who shaped not only his future but that of the monarchy. This profile examines a king who reigned from 1910 to 1936 and took Britain into the First World War, changed the name and destiny of the royal family and challenged the establishment.

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He wasn’t meant to be king but, following the unexpected death of his older brother, George V became a very popular monarch with a strong sense of duty who steered Britain through the First World War.

However, there was another side to him. Behind the palace walls, he was cold-hearted, petty and, although unable to express emotion, had a filthy temper. He terrorised his children (deliberately keeping his epileptic son John away from public view) while the list of things he didn’t like (grandeur, fuss, women wearing nail polish, opera, ballet, certain books) was endless. “He was a bit of a philistine,” says royal commentator Ingrid Seward.

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DirectorAndrea Jones
DirectorLaura Stevens
Executive producerIan Rumsey
Executive producerAndy Dunn
ProducerAndrea Jones
ProducerLaura Stevens
Series producerDan Smith

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