The Real King's Speech

Synopsis: The story of King George VI of Britain and his struggles with his speech impediment and the unexpected responsibilities of the throne.
60 min

My first...


..must be one of praise...


..the enterprise...

..enthusiasm...and hard work

which have made it possible... a time...



..this country...

..was still under the cloud...

The Queen's father, King George VI,

suffered from a debilitating

speech impediment.


Behind the scenes,

the King was helped

by an innovative speech

therapist called Lionel Logue.

Huhh! Huhh!

Huhh! Huhh!



I am accused of the atrocious crime

of being a young man.

For the first time,

Logue's former patients who were

treated alongside the King

will reveal his methods.

I could speak to him in a way that

I couldn't speak to anybody else.

I owe Logue...

a lifetime debt.

'In this grave hour...'

And through his iconic speeches

we'll chart the King's journey

to find his voice

and lead a nation.

In 1924,

the Empire colonial exhibition

was opened by

Edward, Prince of Wales,

and his father, King George V.

Thousands attended Wembley that day.

Many more listened in.

It was the first time

a British king was heard on radio.

Broadcasting was the marvel

of the modern age.

'I thank you from my heart for

the words of devoted affection...'

Now the monarchy not only had to

look regal, they had to sound it.

'The Crown is the historic symbol

that unites this great

family of nations...'

Not easy for George V's second son,

Bertie, the Duke of York.

The new age of radio

was a tremendous personal shock

to the Duke of York.

You had to be able to perform...

directly to millions of people.

And he, with his stammer,

was not equipped for it.

I congratulate you on the completion

of this fine building

and I trust that it will prove...

..the centre...

of an administration...

The Duke was afflicted by shyness,

and a fear of speaking in public

because of his stammer. bringing health and the people here.

It's difficult enough for anybody

to give a speech in public

and people didn't know

he had a speech deficiency

- that's another thing -

until they saw him.

He had to talk for perhaps two

or three minutes, so agony for him.

(STAMMERS) The strain was going into

a new situation,

where people didn't know you.

I was heaving, either making no sound

at all or making terrible faces.

And there you stood, being

on the point of sort of rolling about

with either laughter

or embarrassment.

I felt...that I was in a prison...

with bars,

preventing me from communicating.

I can almost visualise myself

holding onto prison bars and

looking out into an outside world.

The Duke used the word "hell"

to describe how he felt

when he gave a speech.

He was confronted, face to face,

with a new reality.


Speaking in front of this...

huge microphone.

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am very glad...

to come here this afternoon...

to welcome the King's Field.

I am sure...

..that we are all...

..happy to feel...


that the generosity of His Majesty...

..has set an example to all...

He just used to seize up.

He could not get the words out.

The jaw muscles are going,

and he is having one heck of a job

to get the words out.

..throughout the country.

'I think people linked stammering'

with a certain kind of

mental disability.

I think they thought you perhaps

were not quite right.

All of this was in sharp contrast

to the Duke's elder brother Edward,

a natural in the public eye.

A playboy prince

and heir to the throne.

There was always the comparison

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