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
When Lady Pembroke first discusses Dr. Willis with Pitt, Pitt reaches out for Lady Pembroke's note twice. See more
What of the colonies, Mr. Pitt?
America is now a nation, sir.
Is it? Well. We must try and get used to it. I have known stranger things. I once saw a sheep with five legs...
Referenced in House: The Socratic Method
Music by George Frideric Handel
Heard at the concert the king attends See more