Colin Firth becomes King George VI in the academy-award winning drama-biopic, The King’s Speech, supported by an all-star cast including the likes of Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Rush and Helen Bonham Carter. The film tells the story of George’s struggle with his strong speech impediment and how an untrained linguist from Australia helped him to become Britain’s war-time leader throughout the Second World War. Also including amongst the cast are Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi and Claire Bloom.
After his father dies and with his older brother unsuitable for the throne given his engagement to a twice-divorced American actress, Prince Albert “Bertie” Windsor reluctantly dons the mantle of King George VI despite a strong stammer drastically affecting his confidence and ability to connect with his people. Desperate to free himself of his speech impediment, Bertie enlists the help of non-medically trained Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue and the two embark on a journey which will eventually see George become the man to lead Britain through its darkest days in the Second World War.
The King’s Speech – Friday 10:35pm on BBC1.