The Lost Prince

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This article is about the British drama. For the novel by British-American author Frances Hodgson Burnett, see The Lost Prince (1915 novel). For the novel by American author Selden Edwards, see The Lost Prince (2012 novel).
The Lost Prince
The Lost Prince.jpg
The Lost Prince DVD Cover
Created by Stephen Poliakoff
Written by Stephen Poliakoff
Starring Matthew James Thomas
Miranda Richardson
Tom Hollander
Bill Nighy
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Clare Douglas
Production company(s) BBC
TalkBack Productions
Distributor BBC (2003) (USA, TV)
PBS (2004, USA, TV)
Original channel BBC One
Original release 2003

The Lost Prince is a British television drama about the life of Prince John – youngest child of Britain's King George V and Queen Mary – who died at the age of 13 in 1919.

A Talkback Thames production written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, it was originally broadcast in January 2003. It won an Emmy Award in September 2005.


John suffered from epileptic seizures and an autism-like developmental disorder, and the Royal Family tried to shelter him from public view; the script shied away from presenting the Royal Family as unsympathetic, instead showing how much this cost them emotionally (particularly John's mother, Queen Mary). Poliakoff explores the story of John, his relationship with his family and brother Prince George, the political events going on at the time (such as the fall of the House of Romanov in 1917) and the love and devotion of his nanny, Charlotte Bill.

Reception & awards[edit]

The drama won a high viewing figure and much praise, was released on VHS and DVD, and was repeated on BBC One in January 2004. 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. The miniseries was also nominated for BAFTA TV awards for editing (Clare Douglas), music (Adrian Johnston), and photography (Barry Ackroyd).

After presentation in the United States 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 14 & 21 November 2009.


Further reading[edit]

  • Cardwell, Sarah (2006). "Patterns, Layers and Values: Poliakoff's The Lost Prince". Journal of British Cinema and Television (Edinburgh University Press) 3 (1): 134–141. doi:10.3366/JBCTV.2006.3.1.134. 

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