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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
For this film, Nigel Hawthorne
became the first openly gay actor nominated for an Academy Award. (Other actors who later admitted or were later confirmed to have been gay had been previously nominated, but he was the first actor who was already "out" at the time.) He then became frustrated that this was all the American interviewers wanted to discuss, rather than the film or the nomination itself. See more
The servant Fortnum states that he is leaving royal service to open a provisioner's shop in Piccadilly ("a step up from emptying piss-pots"), a comical allusion to the Fortnum & Mason's establishment. The film takes place in 1788, 81 years after F&M was founded in 1707. In fact, the company's co-founder's grandson entered royal service in 1761, which led to an expansion of the company's business. See more
[shown the King's discoloured urine, evidence of his porphyria
Medicine, young man, is a *science*! It consists of *observation*! Whether a man's water is blue is neither here nor there.
Referenced in Just a Minute: Episode #3.2
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more