5 INT. BBC BROADCASTING STUDIO - DAY 5
A gentleman in a tuxedo, carnation in boutonniere, is gargling
while a TECHNICIAN holds a porcelain bowl and a towel at the
ready. The man in the tuxedo is a BBC NEWS READER. He
expectorates discreetly into the bowl, wipes his mouth
fastidiously, and signals to ANOTHER TECHNICIAN who produces an
atomizer. The Reader opens his mouth, squeezes the rubber bulb,
and sprays his inner throat. Now, he's ready. He looks to the
The FLOOR MANAGER begins a count-down: five... four... three...
BBC NEWS READER:
Ladies and Gentlemen: good afternoon. This
is the BBC National and World Programmes
taking you to Wembley Stadium.
He speaks in flawless pear-shaped tones. There's no higher
creature in the vocal world.
6 EXT. WEMBLEY STADIUM - DAY 6
ELEVATED SHOT looking down on a sea of dripping black umbrellas
hiding the spectators from view.
Bertie and Elizabeth takes their places in a row of gilded
chairs with the other dignitaries. They are:
KING GEORGE V - a barrel-chested man with Naval beard and
uniform, accompanied by his wife.
QUEEN MARY - an elegant but icy grande dame.
DR COSMO LANG - a tall, unctuous, churchman with a high, domed,
balding head, and a perpetual expression of moral superiority.
WINSTON CHURCHILL - a politician of sixty, as portly as Lang is
lean. They are bantering rivals in ambition.