Television: Princely Palaces, Animal Houses

Two new series feature a royal wastrel and a campus clown

Edward the King (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.). This year, as in the several preceding, the best shows on American television will probably have British accents. Upstairs, Downstairs has already returned, to loud hosannas. I, Claudius will be back in June, and The Duchess of Duke Street will carry on with new adventures next fall. This week what could be called the Mobil Network—a grouping of stations put together by the big oil company—will launch one of the most engrossing series of all, a 13-part...

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