A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by
Dan Hartung <email@example.com>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
When Willis first restrains George III in the strapped chair, the music that plays is George Frideric Handel
's "Zadok The Priest", commissioned for George II's coronation and performed during every subsequent coronation. As the music reaches its climax, the King is fully restrained in the "throne" with a leather strap around his forehead resembling a crown. The music establishes the restraint scene as a mock coronation. See more
Pitt and Thurlow go to visit the King at Kew during the winter - but the leafy green trees outside clearly indicate that the scene was filmed in summer (shooting took place from July to early September). See more
Prince of Wales
Do you like music, Warren?
If it's played, sir, I listen to it.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more