Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales, from usurping the throne.
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
Sir Nigel Hawthorne
was sixty-five at the time of filming. King George III was only fifty at the time of his first bout of insanity. 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
[walking past a row of bowing courtiers
Elbow people! Knee gentlemen! Bending persons! Hand kissers!
Music by George Frideric Handel
Heard at the concert the king attends See more