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The Lost Prince is an acclaimed Britishmarker television drama, produced by Talkback Thames for the BBC and originally broadcast in two episodes on BBC One in January 2003. It won an Emmy Award in September 2005.

Written and directed by the dramatist Stephen Poliakoff, the production tells the true story of Prince John, the youngest child of Britain'smarker King George V and Queen Mary, who died of epilepsy at the age of 13 in 1919.

Plot

John suffered from epileptic seizures and 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 Romanov in 1917) and the love and devotion shown to him by his nanny, Charlotte Bill (known as Lalla), played by Gina McKee.

Reception & awards

The film won a high viewing figure and much praise, was released on VHS and DVD and was repeated on BBC One in January 2004, almost one year after its original showing with the South Bank Show Drama Award. A further repeat showing followed on BBC Two in January 2006. It is now occasionally shown in two parts on the BBC cable channel UK History. Both Miranda Richardson and Gina McKee received Best Actress nominations at the British Academy Television Awards in 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 Statesmarker in October 2004, it won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries in 2005. Miranda Richardson was nominated for a Golden Globe.

It was also repeated on BBC Two on 14th & 21st November 2009

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