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A screenplay by David Seidler
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TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 OPEN ON: 1 INT. BATHROOM, YORK HOUSE, LONDON - DAY (MID-1930’S)
A shimmering surface of cold water - held in an immense, free standing, white enamelled bathtub with gilded lion’s legs bulges in SLOW MOTION to the chords of Handel’s “Trumpet Volunteer”. A head emerges. White gloved hands, in livery, rush to envelope the surfacing naked wet body in white towels. 2 INT. DRESSING CHAMBER, YORK HOUSE - DAY 2
The ritual continues with crisp military precision. CLOSE ON the Royal Coat Of Arms stamped in gold: lion and unicorn embrace a shield divided into four quarters with harp, thistle, and more lions denoting England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The shield is surmounted by a crown. This emblem is on a cuff-link fastened on a starched white shirt. Trousers, pressed to a knife-edge, are held for stockinged feet and gartered legs to be inserted. Mirror-polished boots are laced tight. Jacket, held ready. Arms, shoulders, chest received. Glistening medals attached to front of jacket create a dazzling field of ribbons and medallions. Epaulets, edged with gold braid tassels, are adjusted. Polished buttons are fastened. Multi-coloured collar clasped shut. White ostrich feathers, topping a tri-corner hat, are fluffed and placed upon brilliantined hair. PAN DOWN to the handsome features of Albert, Duke of York, known to his family as BERTIE. He’s in his late thirties, the second son of King George V, the reigning King of England. He conveys a sensitivity which appears in conflict with the manner in which he’s been bedecked. Reflected in a full length mirror, Bertie tells himself:
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE You look like a Christmas tree. He smiles wanly. 3 EXT. INNER COURTYARD, YORK HOUSE, 145 PICADILLY - DAY
THE ROYAL STANDARD flaps atop a gleaming chrome grill. Liveried footmen open the doors of a stately Austin Princess. Bertie exits York House with his young wife - ELIZABETH considered by all to be one of the loveliest women in the land, truly an English rose. Golden Labradors and Corgis appear from all directions, weaving between them, barking boisterously, creating a happy chaos. Elizabeth and Bertie glance upwards and wave. Two little girls, LILIBET and MARGARET ROSE, aged eight and four, wave back from their nursery window. 4 INT/EXT. AUSTIN PRINCESS, HYDE PARK CORNER - DAY 4
Bertie nervously lights a cigarette.
Elizabeth pats his hand.
ELIZABETH Buck up, Bertie. The BBC said it wouldn’t rain. BERTIE’S POV - Speaker’s Corner with its assortment of orators, prophets, protestors, and onlookers gathered around soapboxs, agreeing, disagreeing, shouting comments. Others carry placards, sing protest songs. A miners’ strike is the focus of the day. A large, rather untidy workingman with a florid rosacea nose spots the passing Austin and stares at the occupants. REVERSE ANGLE - Bertie’s face stares back. The first drops splatter against the glass. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Never trust the wireless. Bertie’s face is obliterated by the increasingly heavy downpour, which segues into a GARGLING sound. Elizabeth sighs.
a barrel-chested man with Naval beard and uniform. is gargling while a TECHNICIAN holds a porcelain bowl and a towel at the ready.an elegant but icy grande dame.the Prime Minister of the day. They are: KING GEORGE V .a tall. wipes his mouth fastidiously. WINSTON CHURCHILL . The man in the tuxedo is a BBC NEWS READER. balding head.. and signals to ANOTHER TECHNICIAN who produces an atomizer. 5 A gentleman in a tuxedo.. creature in the vocal world.. Elizabeth sees his terror. with the expression of a quizzical chicken hawk. Bertie and Elizabeth takes their places in a row of gilded chairs with the other dignitaries. It looks frightening. squeezes the rubber bulb.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 5 INT. churchman with a high.DAY 4... 6 EXT. A BBC technician places a huge imposing microphone suspended on springs next to the stadium equipment. as always. Tall. parted down the middle. and a perpetual expression of moral superiority. He expectorates discreetly into the bowl.a politician of sixty. lugubrious.. he’s ready. The Reader opens his mouth. even to us. domed.. Now.Chancellor of the Exchequer. He speaks in flawless pear-shaped tones. QUEEN MARY . Bertie’s shoulders brace as though expecting a blow. carnation in boutonniere. His hair. BBC NEWS READER Ladies and Gentlemen: good afternoon. . They are bantering rivals in ambition. WEMBLEY STADIUM . DR COSMO LANG . The FLOOR MANAGER begins a count-down: five. two. three. four. He looks to the control room. This is the BBC National and World Programmes taking you to Wembley Stadium. and sprays his inner throat. thin. accompanied by his wife. STANLEY BALDWIN . unctuous. Heavy-browed. NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN .DAY There’s no higher 6 ELEVATED SHOT looking down on a sea of dripping black umbrellas hiding the spectators from view. as portly as Lang is lean.. BBC BROADCASTING STUDIO .
When Lang whispers. POV . have been broadcasting since last year. The King. Lang whispers to Churchill. growing impatient. BBC BROADCASTING STUDIO . la-la-ladies. Show what you’re made of! 5. hisses: KING GEORGE V Get on with it. (as though Bertie didn’t exist) His brother. and father. gen-tell-men. And on such an important occasion. For ease of reading.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ELIZABETH Why wasn’t he told? COSMO LANG Ten million people listening around the world. His stomach knots. Bertie’s stutter is not indicated from this point on in the script.DAY Everyone 7 A glowing dial on the face of a studio radio. No response. A man who cannot speak in public. Bertie moves forward diffidently. everyone can COSMO LANG I wouldn’t miss His Highness’ maiden voyage for all the world. knowing deep within he’s doomed. Lang really is a piece of work. hear.a sea of dripping umbrellas. chest muscles contract. listening intently. 7 INT. Possibly more. and his audience. Mam. without an ounce of confidence. BERTIE Luh-luh-lords. . constricting his breath. It is a shock to realize this is a man with a profound stutter. This is going to be a torment for him. BERTIE No doubt you wish the Prince Of Wales was standing before you today.
The radio falls silent. The accent. WEMBLEY STADIUM .my brother David is attending to other duties in the furthest parts of this vast Empire. jaw muscles locked. 10 INT. Elizabeth is devastated.NEW DAY 9 TRACKING SHOT . 6. his mouth agape. unfit for public life. and startled by the entrance of . She’s further appalled by the loud gurgling of a toilet being flushed. specialists in various maladies.S. her hat decorated with white silk roses.. SPEECH SPECIALIST. He’s in his forties. HARLEY STREET . 8 EXT. Princess Elizabeth is not used to this sort of thing. drenched. is not heavy. he is after all a speech therapist. LOGUE’S CHAMBERS..) In the lav. HARLEY STREET . coat rack. His demeanor is friendly.DAY 8 Bertie stands frozen. He knows he’s considered by all..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (ON RADIO) (stuttering profoundly) Be that as it may. The door is flung open and Elizabeth enters. especially himself. although Australian. wooden waiting bench: that’s all. but professional. Eyes widen in concern. Coughs. tall.. A veil covers her features. KING GEORGE V Just needs more practice. 9 EXT. with piercing eyes and charismatic features. No response.LIONEL LOGUE.rain splatters on brass plaques denoting Dr This or Dr That. now limp.DAY Umbrella stand. Halt at a plaque that reads: LIONEL LOGUE. RECEPTION ROOM. She waits. Calls imperiously: 10 ELIZABETH Are you there? From behind a door: LIONEL (O. .
even though ELIZABETH (with sang froid) I’d be more comfortable in your office. ELIZABETH Because he hasn’t seen you? Lionel doesn’t disgree. LIONEL That’s for clients. LIONEL A bit premature. ELIZABETH My husband’s seen everyone. Just wants to be bad. Where’s Mister J? ELIZABETH He doesn’t know I’m here. LIONEL He should change jobs.. Sorry. ELIZABETH Of course my husband wants to be cured! His position requires public speaking upon occasion. LIONEL I’m sure of anyone who wants to be cured. She doesn’t take it. He’s given up hope. LIONEL That’s not a promising start. I fear the requirement may grow more frequent. LIONEL Iago. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) You’re very sure of yourself.world’s greatest villain. . she’s gloved. He offers to shake hands. A torment. no receptionist. They were all useless..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL (CONT’D) “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” Pardon? ELIZABETH 7.
have your ‘hubby’ pop by and give his personal history. by my rules. LIONEL Indentured servitude? ELIZABETH Something of that nature. yet refuses to be intimidated. I’ll make a frank appraisal. You must come to us. ELIZABETH Logue tries to object but she over-rides. LIONEL Well. LIONEL I thought the appointment was for “Johnson”? ELIZABETH A name used during the Great War. this is my game. when the Navy didn’t wish the enemy to know His Royal Highness was aboard. Nor do we ‘pop’. played on my turf.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ELIZABETH 8. We never talk about our private lives.. should you continue to be unobliging. LIONEL Sorry.. Doctor. LIONEL I’m considered the enemy? ELIZABETH You will be. ELIZABETH Perhaps you’ll make an exception? He recognizes her instantly. The lady lifts her veil. . ELIZABETH (CONT’D) .. He can’t.I do not have a “hubby”. and is clearly impressed..
closing the door firmly behind her. He’s a well-known fixture locally. and PETER . 11 A foot kicks a ball. WACK! The sound of something solid meeting leather. or I’ll run yee through. That process takes place in my consultation room..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL For my method to succeed there must be mutual trust. No exceptions.. She exits. Highwaymen. 12 INT. LIONEL (CONT’D) Beware. . I promised my husband I’d stop seeking “The Great Cure.. dribbles skillfully before passing the ball and entering a modest brownstone. (re-lowering her veil) I should have kept my pledge. LOGUE’S ENTRYWAY AND STAIRWELL .LATE AFTERNOON 12 As Lionel mounts the stairs he’s set upon by three sturdy boys VALENTINE.with handkerchiefs tied around the lower portions of their faces and armed with broomstick swords.” I’ve wasted your time. I buggered that.Lionel using his brolly. Some lads are playing footie. PETER We’re Swagmen. Dad. despite briefcase and rolled brolly. and total equality. Lionel is returning home from work. SOUTH KENSINGTON STREET . not Highwaymen.LATE AFTERNOON 9. One of them passes the ball to Lionel who. IAN. And mine.. ELIZABETH In which case. complete honesty. VALENTINE Stand and deliver! LIONEL (falling into the game) ‘ow dares molest. LIONEL Bloody hell. 11 EXT.Jack The Ripper?! The boys scream with delight and a sword fight ensues .
(then) Beware. bored stupid. LIONEL Had a visit from a lady today. dad! And mum. You’re so good at what you do.appears at the head of the stairs.. MYRTLE (CONT’D) No wonder about the silly. MYRTLE Another spoiled silly? VALENTINE May we be excused? LIONEL You must stay. LIONEL THE BOYS 13 . Lionel wife . and the boys are finishing at the table. jolly Swagmen.EVENING Logue.. LIONEL Boys. down-to-earth woman. THE BOYS (grinning) Thanks. Oh. MYRTLE You’ll all hang from the gallows if you don’t come for tea. MYRTLE Take your plates. listening to your parents’ inane conversation.MYRTLE . The boys grabs their plates and exit. I think we’d best go up.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL 10. 13 INT. I’ll skewer yer gizzards. LOGUE’S DINING ROOM . Myrtle. a sweet-faced. After a moment. And mum! They start to leave.
(then. Darling and Nana rushed into the nursery too late.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL At what I do. I told her I was fully booked. Chapter IV. Know what I mean. Silence. 14 INT. Elizabeth closes the book. Myrtle is clearly disappointed LIONEL (CONT’D) She was. MYRTLE Oh. Lionel.too high and mighty. fashionably attired for an evening-out.NIGHT 11. 14 Elizabeth. She does. that’d get us home in grand style wouldn’t it?! LIONEL She came on behalf of her husband. ELIZABETH “Mr. deliberately being ‘theatrical’) Twas a Lady with a capital L. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Tomorrow. ‘The Flight’. MYRTLE (CONT’D) Hard to feel sorry for that sort. There’s an unspoken code between them. Lionel. 145 PICCADILLY .. Which is not the proper way.. . then: LIONEL Had a call. is curled on a bearskin rug reading “Peter Pan“ to the girls. Covers her letdown. MYRTLE We wouldn’t want that. The birds were flown. handsome in a tuxedo.” Bertie enters. CHILDREN’S NURSERY. and Mrs. Wish me luck? MYRTLE Course. Loads and loads.
In his tux he looks like a penguin. BERTIE (CONT’D) Once upon a time there were two horsies. and it fades. clip clop clip clop through Hyde Park. A white horse that went clip clop clip clop through Hyde Park. please. but are undeterred. to fly away! BERTIE Weren’t they lucky. LILIBET One would have to learn to fly properly of course. And a black horse that went clip clop clip clop through Hyde Park. MARGARET ROSE Oh.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 The two little girls clap with joy. The girls have gone. Within his family. Ah well. The white horse said "neigh”. Now off to bed. They met in the middle of Hyde Park. LILIBET The horsie story. "neigh”. clip clop clip clop through Hyde Park. ignoring their father’s minor impediment. As the girls exit: LILIBET A silly story really. BERTIE Called upon to perform. MARGARET ROSE Now a Daddy story! BERTIE Can I be a penguin instead? 12. . The girls giggle. Bertie’s stutter is virtually absent. And that’s the end of the story. The black horse said. But Father tells it rather well. the stutter returns slightly. He drops to his knees and waddles. But the two girls listen raptly. The black horse continued on. The white horse continued on.
15 ELIZABETH INT. LIONEL . begins again. is David serious? BERTIE About our coming? About her! ELIZABETH BERTIE A married American? Twice divorced? He can’t be..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE David called. she’ll be there. She can. “Now. ELIZABETH I think I meant.. Seriously? BERTIE ELIZABETH 13...NEW DAY Movements behind a curtain.” Falters. BERTIE Seriously. He said come round to The Fort on Friday and stay for dinner. STAGE OF A LONDON THEATRE . Now? From the auditorium: Now! DIRECTOR MUFFLED VOICE (UNSEEN) 15 Someone pushes through a gap. Its Lionel. ELIZABETH Will she be there? I suppose.
S. His elocution is crisp and flawless.. Lionel retreats behind the curtain.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL (CONT’D) “Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York. 16 EXT. Grenadier Guards in red coats and black bearskin busbies drill stiffly like toy soldiers... Lionel struggles to maintain a semblance of dignity.but I don’t hear the cries of a deformed creature yearning to be King. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths. .. Bertie regards the BBC microphone as though it were an alien. BUCKINGHAM PALACE . and talk to it as you would to any decent Englishman. LIONEL What do you suggest? DIRECTOR Continue to do whatever you do.” 14.NEW EVENING 16 Cold and austere mausoleum illuminated by floodlights. is unconvincing.” DIRECTOR (interrupts crisply) Thank you. 17 INT. Viewing stands are beginning to fill. BUCKINGHAM PALACE .. LIONEL (CONT’D) “And all the clouds that lour’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. however.) Stride boldly up to the bloody thing. On the parade ground. and hope it gives you a great deal of satisfaction. stare it square in the eye. Both men are uniformed for a state occasion. His acting. Crushed.EVENING 17 The King’s study resembles a naval captain’s cabin. Beautiful diction.. The King’s voice is heard: KING GEORGE V (O. THE KING’S STUDY.
In the presence of his father.. and speak nicely to them. Used to be. his breathing short and shallow.. the muscles in spasms.. most successful. as Prince of Wales. BERTIE What did David say? KING GEORGE V She made him sublimely happy.. BERTIE Oh my brother. If you don’t.actors! Don’t give me a look of defeated pathos. do you solemnly swear your friendship with this woman is an absolutely clean one?” “I do”. “On my honour” he said. I said: that was probably because she was sleeping with him. brain after all? Does the lad have a KING GEORGE V We’re the oldest. he said. basest of all creatures. and lied. as my heir. this devilish device will change everything. corporation in the world and sitting on thrones is our business! But any moment now we may be out of work. livid a certain lady has been refused an invitation to my Silver Jubilee. “I give you my word we’ve never had immoral relations. KING GEORGE V Show who’s in command. This is a family crisis! BERTIE Father. we’re not a family.. we’re a firm.” “As my son. I pointed out she wasn’t a lady and most definitely wasn’t his wife. His father shoots Bertie a surprised look. . 15. Bertie’s stuttering returns in full form. Your brother came to me the other day.we’ve become.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE I d-d-don’t thu-thu-think I c-c-can. We’re reduced to that lowest. Stared straight at his father..” I said. Now we must creep cap in hand into people’s homes that smell of boiled cabbage. all a King had to do was look reasonable in uniform and not fall off his horse.. “Look me in the eye..
KING GEORGE V (CONT’D) That’s the chap who taught me how to use this contraption. A red light attached to the mike begins a series of warning blinks. ladies and gentlemen. I dedicate myself anew to your service for all the years that may still be given to me. my very very dear people. My people love to hear me say it. The Archbishop writes it. the News Reader sprays his BBC NEWS READER Good evening. Stalin the other half. BERTIE What’re you going to say? KING GEORGE V The usual guff. whispers to his Technicians: . the jackboots.the love with which this day and always you have surrounded us.may I say so? . within twelve months. and the proletarian abyss? You? 16. Assisted by the Technicians.” The News Reader. SQUISH. terribly moved. of course. His Majesty: King George the Fifth. Oswald Mosley? His black-shirt British Union of Fascists are marching through London. Hitler terrorizing half of Europe. They’re interrupted by the entrance of the BBC News Reader and Technicians. Splendid fellow. this is the BBC. Who’ll stand between us. You touch your chin with your thumb and the ‘thing’ with the end of your little finger. throat. Spoken fluently. Who’ll pick up the pieces? David’s friend. this family. and this nation. KING GEORGE V (to the mike) “I can only say to you.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 KING GEORGE V When I’m dead that boy will ruin himself. broadcasting direct from Buckingham Palace upon the occasion of the Royal Silver Jubilee. that the Queen and I thank you from the depths of our hearts for all the loyalty and .
BUCKINGHAM PALACE . KING GEORGE V BERTIE Where’s David? KING GEORGE V Bedding his American whore. Then a FOREMAN. Father. With all the factory noise they won’t hear a word he says. prospect. Come. Elizabeth watches in relief. join the fun! (aside to Elizabeth) You’ll have to do a lot more of this.NEW DAY 20 Huge industrial wheels whir in neutral. BALCONY. 20 INT. BUCKINGHAM PALACE . I’m sending him to the Midlands. other Royals. The King beckons impatiently for someone still inside to join them. it becomes tumultuous. 18 EXT. MIDLAND FACTORY . 18 The edge of the crowd is visible. with Elizabeth. (adds with splendid false modesty) I showed HM how to do it. halts.CONTINUOUS 19 The King is joined by Queen Mary and the Archbishop of Canterbury. WORKERS are lined up dutifully to hear the visiting Royal. It’s Bertie. When the glass doors of the upper balcony open the murmur becomes a ROAR. but with the noise he cannot be heard. Pretend. BERTIE They didn’t come to see us. signals. The King goes back to waving. 19 EXT. The machinery . Elizabeth is stunned at the The ROAR of the crowd segues into the ROAR of machinery. and dignitaries. When the King steps out. One can sense a vast sea of humanity. Bertie’s lips move.NIGHT 17. trying to be helpful. the factory falls silent.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BBC NEWS READER That’s how a King speaks. The noise is deafening.
As they pass a corner news stand. 22 INT. AUSTIN PRINCESS DRIVING THRU HYDE PARK . BERTIE (CONT’D) I’ll wager they’re saying: There’s the useless one who can’t speak.. At first the momentum of speaking without being heard carries Bertie forward. BERTIE (CONT’D) . releasing a blast from a steam whistle that drowns Bertie out. Some point. As the Austin halts for lights. and who’s to do it. people stare to see who’s inside. the headline chalkboard reads: PRINCE OF WALES TELLS MINERS “SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!” ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Neglects to tell them what must be done.DAY 22 Elizabeth and Bertie in the back.DAY Bertie and Elizabeth enter. how its to be done. 21 EXT.. AUSTIN PRINCESS . BERTIE What’s needed is cooperation. They adore him.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 18. LOGUE’S WAITING ROOM . She explains in a whisper: 23 .buh-buh-between the cuh-cuh-classses. BERTIE Is this necessary? ELIZABETH You know perfectly well. Hearing his own voice reverberate through the cavernous factory brings Bertie’s stutter back in full form. 23 INT.. One of the workers sullenly pulls a chain.NEW DAY 21 THE ROYAL STANDARD fluttering... BERTIE David has ‘the touch’..
Anna returns. perhaps he’s a Bolshevik?! BERTIE I’m not sure I want to see this fellow. then realizes with a gasp who they are.) Not finished yet.. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Perhaps this was a mistake. attempting to be properly formal. From the inner office. She retreats rapidly back into the consulting room. and stutters: ANNA You can go in now. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Comes highly recommended.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ELIZABETH There’s no receptionist. BERTIE I’m not actually Mr . Charges substantial fees in order to help the poor. (realizes) Oh dear. LIONEL (O. BERTIE How’d you find this physician? ELIZABETH (poker-faced) Classifieds.S. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) (loudly) The Johnsons. . ELIZABETH I’m not sure he wants to see you..ANNA .comes out. Elizabeth is relieved its not coming from the lav. next to “Saucy model. Bertie smiles despite his mood. Johnson”. After an uncomfortable moment. Shepherd’s Market”. Elizabeth glances nervously at the lavatory door. 19. “Mr. The consultation room door opens and a working class young woman .
Lionel. Anna flees quickly.DAY 24 A totally different universe from the Spartan waiting area.) 20. LIONEL (CONT’D) My lads build them. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM . Recording apparatus. Two slightly shabby. . (then to Elizabeth) Dr Logue says. (to the consultation room) Was that alright? LIONEL (O. Lionel! LIONEL (O. in a doctor’s office.) Mr. ANNA (choking up) Thank you. Bertie’s head bangs into one of the models.. Make yourself comfortable. 24 INT.S. Bertie’s stutter returns.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ANNA (whispers. The walls are pearl grey and smoky blue. Here. Johnson..wait here if you wish. LIONEL (O. Or..S.. take a stroll. LIONEL Glad we have something in common. terrified) I know. but comfortable armchairs. A world of books . it being a pleasant day. The Yorks look at each other.. ANNA Lionel says. Well-worn Turkish rug. Model airplanes hanging from the ceiling.piles of them spilling everywhere. BERTIE My wife’s favorite colours.) Bloody marvellous. do come in..S. Hotplate and two chipped mugs.
. That won’t work here. Sorry. Tried to convince her men will find her even more attractive as a silent partner. They stare at each other. LIONEL (CONT’D) Nice girl. What? BERTIE You’re too close. Bertie perches uneasily on the edge of an armchair. BERTIE (CONT’D) You call this making me comfortable? LIONEL You call this being forthcoming? BERTIE Aren’t you interested in treating me? . bad Australian joke. Worried she wouldn’t find a husband if she couldn’t speak. LIONEL Your joking. When speaking with a Royal one waits for the Royal to start the conversation and chose the topic. BERTIE I admit if one waits for me to start a conversation one can wait a rather long time. Silence. Why’d your wife change her mind and ask for an appointment? BERTIE I can’t discuss that.. LIONEL What can we talk about? BERTIE That’s better. Anna. LIONEL That might be difficult in this office.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE LIONEL 21. Five paces is the rule of thumb. Please. The perfect woman.
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Only if you’re interested in being cured. More silence. Cuppa tea? LIONEL (CONT’D)
BERTIE No thank you. LIONEL I need one. Turns on the hot plate. LIONEL (CONT’D) Any idea what you’re letting yourself in for? BERTIE Apparently a great deal of rudeness, Doctor Logue. LIONEL Call me Lionel. BERTIE I prefer Doctor. LIONEL I prefer Lionel. My family calls me far worse. What shall I call you? BERTIE The Duke of York is appropriate. Oh please. LIONEL
BERTIE Your Royal Highness then. LIONEL Much more informal. BERTIE Prince Albert? Or Frederick? Arthur? George? I’ve lots of names to choose from. LIONEL How about Bertie?
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (flushes) Only my family uses that. LIONEL That’s what I’ll call you then. We must be true equals. BERTIE If we were equal I wouldn’t be here, I’d be at home with my family and no-one would give a damn. Bertie starts to light a cigarette from a silver case. LIONEL Don’t do that. Bertie gives him an astonished look. LIONEL (CONT’D) Sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you. BERTIE My physicians say it’s good for stuttering, relaxes the throat. LIONEL They’re idiots. BERTIE They’ve all been knighted. LIONEL Makes it official then. House rules: no smoking. BERTIE I thought here we’re “equal”. LIONEL As a monarchist I thought you’d appreciate these are my digs and here I rule. No smoking. What was your earliest memory? BERTIE I beg your pardon? LIONEL First recollection of the world?
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (stutter growing in intensity) I’m not here to discuss personal matters. LIONEL Why’re you here then? BERTIE (exploding) Because I bloody well stutter! And you bloody well can’t fix it!!! Temper. LIONEL
BERTIE One of my numerous faults. LIONEL Do you stutter when you think? BERTIE Don’t be ridiculous. LIONEL One of my many faults. How about when you talk to yourself? BERTIE I don’t talk to myself! LIONEL Come on, everyone natters to themselves once in a while, Bertie. BERTIE Stop calling me that! LIONEL Shan’t call you anything else. BERTIE Then we shan’t speak! Silence. The jug has boiled. Lionel makes himself a cup of tea.
BERTIE (CONT’D) Must I pay for this? LIONEL Loads. Now: when you talk to yourself, do you stutter?
. I haven’t agreed to take you on. Bertie glares at it defiantly.. BERTIE Royals don’t carry money. 25. LIONEL See your shilling then. right here. Logue has uncovered a piece of apparatus.. During this.I bloody stutter!!! LIONEL Bet you a bob you can read flawlessly. Logue fishes a coin from his pocket and puts it on the table. stuttering badly and getting worse. BERTIE When I give a speech. right now. Whether it is wiser.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Of course not! LIONEL Proving your impediment isn’t a permanent internal fixture. LIONEL ‘Easy money’. BERTIE I certainly can’t read The Bard. He sets a blank disc onto the turntable and positions a microphone.” There! . LIONEL How convenient.. a recording device with earphones. BERTIE If there is a next time. LIONEL (CONT’D) I’ll stake you. LIONEL Correct. That is the question. Bertie reads. BERTIE (bitterly) Easy money. BERTIE “To be or not to be. Pay me back next time. You’re on. then hands Bertie an open book.
The music stops. BERTIE I proved I can’t read. Hands Bertie a pair of heavily padded earphones. BERTIE You’re playing music. LIONEL (CONT’D) A princely bob is at stake. the LOUD MUSIC. are you? LIONEL I want to demonstrate that when you can’t hear your voice. you don’t stutter. LIONEL BERTIE How can I hear what I’m saying?! LIONEL Bertie. LIONEL Not so fast.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 Reaches for the coin. His lips move as he reads. but Logue snatches it. Again. I’m aware. Bertie takes off the earphones. thus proving your impediment is not innate. you’re Royal. but all that can be heard is the music. Rubbish. Logue turns a dial. Finished reading the passage he takes off the earphones and the music ceases. Surely a prince’s brain knows what its mouth is doing? BERTIE You’re not well acquainted with Royal princes. 26. BERTIE (CONT’D) I was terrible. LIONEL You proved you can’t listen. Bertie doesn’t Bertie reluctantly puts on the earphones. want to take them. BERTIE Bertie replaces the earphones. . He reaches for the coin. LOUD MUSIC is heard.
POV . BERTIE I’m finished with Doctor Logue! Lionel. Bertie glances at the record. 25 INT. How’s it going. trying to be gracious. LIONEL Souvenir of our first and presumably last encounter. Willie? LIONEL LIONEL 25 .. Logue puts the record in a brown paper dust jacket and hands it to Bertie. They exit curtly. Flawless. has been cooling her heels with a working class MOTHER and her young son WILLIE. BERTIE I know how I sound! LIONEL Would I lie to a prince of the realm to win twelve-pence? BERTIE I’ve no idea what an Australian might do for that sort of money. WAITING ROOM .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL 27.? LIONEL Certainly not. LIONEL I’m finished with your husband.DAY Elizabeth. mate? WILLIE’S MUM William isn’t trying hard enough..the label: HMV His Master’s Voice. WILLIE’S MUM Was that.
revealing hair gleaming like gold. SANDRINGHAM ESTATE . This is .DAVID . BERTIE The bloody man did parlour tricks and cheated me out of a shilling. B-b-been waiting long? BERTIE Three days.DAY 28. LIONEL Why am I not surprised? 26 INT. As they pass Speakers’ Corner. a sun god descended from the skies accustomed to being worshipped by all. Prince Charming. Elizabeth stops him.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WILLIE Ddddddoooing ggggggggood. Oswald Mosley’s blackshirt British Union of Fascists are out in full force. perfect teeth flashing a dentist’s smile. Bertie waits beside a shooting break. He quickly rolls up the window. The sound of an approaching aircraft engine.NEW DAY 27 A grass strip cut into the moors. In fury he rolls down the window and is about to throw away the record. AUSTIN PRINCESS ON LONDON STREET . the stiff breeze whipping his coat. BERTIE So was I. DAVID (teasing with a false stutter) Hello. .the Prince of Wales. 27 EXT. Elizabeth has pneumonia. PRIVATE LANDING STRIP. Where’ve you been? Bertie stutters badly in the presence of his brother. ELIZABETH They’ll see. The cockpit canopy slides back and the pilot leaps out./EXT. 26 The Yorks are being driven home. B-b-bertie. removing his leather helmet and goggles. DAVID I was busy. as a small plane lands and taxis. the media’s darling.
BERTIE You believe that? DAVID Wallis explained it. KING GEORGE V You’re next? God help us. 29 INT. his two eldest sons. Queen Mary. KING’S BEDROOM. He’s surrounded by his wife. 28 DAVID He’s doing this on purpose. SANDRINGHAM . BERTIE Father won’t. Bertie shoots him a look. . Dying?! BERTIE DAVID Some sod tipped him off Wallis is getting a quickie divorce and we’re going to make our marriage a fait accompli. Wigram presents a tray with papers and pen. WIGRAM The Instruments Of Succession. Glares at David.his personal physician .CLIVE WIGRAM . SHOOTING BREAK ON SANDRINGHAM LANE .DR DAWSON. The King is so feeble he can barely make his mark. She’s terribly clever. 28 INT.DAY 29 The King is propped up in bed. and a NURSE.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID She’ll recover.CONTINUOUS David drives. hooked to an oxygen tank. Father’s trying to depart prematurely in order to complicate matters. The break almost careens off the lane. Your Majesty. 29./EXT. Badly. As an act of pure spite. his Secretary . wrapped in his favorite faded Tibetan dressing gown.
LIBRARY. David pulls away as though touched by a leper and covers the receiver in his hand.CONTINUOUS 31 He doesn’t David. BERTIE May I remind you. SANDRINGHAM . DINING HALL. Mother. but beckons Wigram to come close. QUEEN MARY What sort of arrangements? BERTIE They didn’t say. Bertie is deeply moved. SANDRINGHAM . She’s not greedy. The King nods. Elizabeth gets first choice. 31 INT. DAVID I’m on with Wallis! (as though Bertie didn’t exist) (MORE) . puts a comforting hand on his shoulder. QUEEN MARY Where are the others? BERTIE Lord Wigram and Dr Dawson are making arrangements. five. Finally: QUEEN MARY I want my jewelry divided equally. but only Bertie and his mother are seated. hear Bertie’s discreet knock. you’re not the one who’s dying. Seeing his brother crying. QUEEN MARY And David? Fetch him. and whispers something in his ear.NIGHT 30 Places set for The clinking Clear soup is being served at the immense table. 30 INT. WIGRAM At the appropriate moment.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 30. He waves them out of the room. appears to be sobbing. of silver and china. hunched over a table. Your Majesty.
a talk. David glares at a clock. SANDRINGHAM . DAVID Somebody should bloody well dis-invite him. as we’ve had to do far too often lately. The Queen looks to David. . They’re interrupted by a BUTLER. DAVID Who the hell invited him?! QUEEN MARY Nobody. WIGRAM That would be rash. Nor making our own drowsies either. so as not to be late. Father swears. Nobody wants to take responsibility. even a lovely long talk. darling. 32 Bertie and David enter to find Wigram and Dawson with their mother. QUEEN MARY Lord Wigram has requested permission to order the coffin. sweet love. When I’m King I shall set them back! 32 INT. is a poor substitute for holding tight and making drowsy.CONTINUOUS 31. DAVID Clocks set five minutes in advance. QUEEN MARY You’re not your father. BULTER The Archbishop of Canterbury. He nods. (kisses the phone) Til then. DINING HALL. Don’t swear.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID (CONT'D) I know. (hangs up) Wally misses me terribly BERTIE Mother says you’re late for supper.
LIBRARY. Bertie acts as secretary.LATER 32. COSMO LANG “The King’s life is moving peacefully to its.to its close. COSMO LANG Whatever can I contribute in this dreadful hour?! 33 INT..” WIGRAM As a man of letters you’re heaven-sent to assist in the editing of our press communique. COSMO LANG “Tranquilly”? “Serenely”? WIGRAM Peacefully. The clock is approaching midnight. with cigars and port.. composing a news release. WIGRAM (CONT’D) I’ll telephone this through to the BBC and alert The Times to hold the morning edition. Lang beams.if we’re to keep to schedule. WIGRAM COSMO LANG “. DAVID Show the toad in. The others nod.. Lang is already sweeping towards them... David knows he’s referring to the Simpson affair. We need friends.” “Termination”? Close. The problem is. .. SANDRINGHAM .. 33 The men are huddled..time is running out.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WIGRAM His Grace can be a persistent enemy.
34 The nurse looks aghast as Dr Dawson administers an injection. taking her eldest son’s hand and kissing it. SANDRINGHAM . Queen Mary curtsies in homage to the new King. DAWSON Three quarters of a gram of morphia and a gram of cocaine injected into the distended jugular vein.. David sets the hand of the room’s big clock back by five minutes. He expains: COSMO LANG Who knows what sensational side issues those tabloids might report. Everyone watches silently as the King’s breathing slows. the twitching jugular subsides. DAWSON Perhaps a peaceful termination? All eyes on David. DAWSON (CONT’D) Time of expiration. then all movement ceases. When she looks up. QUEEN MARY Long live the King.. . Dawson takes the pulse. She does so... and consults his watch. 11:55 pm. would we? The brothers look at him. On schedule. sobbing. NURSE No! that’s. 34 INT. KING’S BEDROOM.her eyes are chilling.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID Is my father late for death? WIGRAM We wouldn’t want the news delivered by the disreputable afternoon press. DAWSON You may leave.NIGHT 33.
that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.NIGHT 34.. the record Logue made. He notices something on his desk. Telling me he could help me flawlessly. Lying bastard! Listen to babble! Bertie takes the record from the trash and walks to a Victrola stand.. what he hears is flawless and flowing: BERTIE’S RECORDED VOICE “To be. You should know goes on. ELIZABETH BERTIE The man was a total fraud! He picks up the record and is about to smash it against the edge of his desk. lifts the arm. 35 Bertie. BERTIE The look in mother’s eyes. BERTIE (CONT’D) Would you like to hear? ELIZABETH Not particularly. And by opposing end them?” (the needle sticks) (MORE) . POV: the label . BERTIE (CONT’D) What’s this bloody thing doing here?! Bertie. in despair and grief.. He releases his emotions in an outburst of anger. Instead. or not to be. BERTIE’S STUDY . places the steel needle.. expecting to hear his stuttering voice. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles. Well what read this BERTIE I think you should.ghastly. it was. has been describing to Elizabeth what happened.His Master’s Voice . .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 35 INT. then realizes the mess that would make and tosses it into a waste paper basket. Then changes his mind.stares up at him.
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE’S RECORDED VOICE (CONT'D) “.NEW NIGHT It is: 36 The black front door of the Prime Minister’s residence. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) If only one could do that so easily in real life. continues.” 35. He and his wife stare at each other. BALDWIN’S STUDY . The ROAR OF A HUGE delirious crowd is heard.. WINSTON CHURCHILL Neville is an old woman. and by opposing end them? And by opposing end them? And by opposing. The Fuhrer's tirade continues as CAMERA moves through the door into 10 Downing Street itself. The roar becomes chillingly recognizable: “Zeig Heil! Zeig Heil! Zeig Heil!” GO TO BLACK: Hitler. giving one of his mass rally speeches. growing in volume.. WINSTON CHURCHILL Turn that devil off! The hysteria stops. 10 DOWNING STREET . BALDWIN Chamberlain thinks that Hitler can be reasoned with. listened to by Churchill and Baldwin. .sea of troubles. They wear black armbands.CONTINUOUS 38 The glowing light of an illuminated dial of a radio. there are tears in her eyes.CONTINUOUS 37 CAMERA explores the dwelling. 10 DOWNING STREET . 36 EXT. 37 INT.. during which Hitler grows louder and more shrill.. The brass numbers 10 appears on the blackness. Bertie lifts the needle. until: 38 INT.
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BALDWIN That’s the direction its going, Winston. You’re out of step. WINSTON CHURCHILL We’ll see who trips and falls. BALDWIN Enough pleasantries. I’ve asked you here because you seem to be the only sensible member of the King’s camp. WINSTON CHURCHILL Nice of you to say so, Stanley. BALDWIN Is he willing to be reasonable? WINSTON CHURCHILL Depends on the definition. BALDWIN (bluntly) Has he seen the light? He has. Baldwin brightens. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) Our Monarch basks in the warming rays of a celestial orb. Her name is Wally. Baldwin’s face clouds once again. 39 INT. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM - NEW DAY WINSTON CHURCHILL
A headline screams: HITLER RATTLES SABRE. Lionel is at his desk reading the newspaper as his sons sprawl on the floor building a model airplane. Dad? Mmmm? VALENTINE LIONEL
VALENTINE Time for a Shake, dad.
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL (pleased) You sure? THE BOYS Shake! Shake! Shake!
Clearly this is a much loved ritual. Lionel disappears into a closet. IAN Bet its the Scottish Play. Othello! VALENTINE
PETER Perhaps something with Falstaff? Ominous thumps within the closet. LIONEL (FROM INSIDE THE CLOSET) “Art thou afeard?” Caliban! THE BOYS
Lionel lumbers out of the closet, a pillow stuffed into his jacket to create a monstrous hunchback. His acting, performed just for his children, is quite magical. LIONEL “Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twanging instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, That, if then I had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked, I cried to dream again.” The lads are enthralled. The DOOR BELL RINGS. Lionel is not expecting anyone. 40 EXT. ENTRANCE TO LOGUE’S CHAMBERS, HARLEY STREET - DAY 40
The Austin Princess waits at the curb. He rings the BELL again.
Bertie is at the door.
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE’S VOICE Doctor Logue? 41 INT. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Lionel is stunned, covers: LIONEL Must be a tradesman. Off you go, lads. Mum should be home from work. The boys gather their things, deposit the model plane on a chair, stow the building materials in a box, and exit the back way. Lionel goes to the door, but doesn’t open it. Logue...? BERTIE’S VOICE
Logue, expressionless, doesn’t respond. 42 EXT. ENTRANCE TO LOGUE’S CHAMBERS - CONTINUOUS 42
Bertie is torn: part of him wants to flee, yet he desperately needs to be let in. He knows what must be done. This is a huge step for him. BERTIE Lionel...it’s Bertie. The door opens. LIONEL My condolences. I didn’t expect you. BERTIE Thank you. I didn’t expect to be here. May I come in? No. What? LIONEL BERTIE
LIONEL My wife doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Your wife? Myrtle. BERTIE LIONEL
tosses it away.CONTINUOUS 39. Lonel gives him a look. I’ve never met Myrtle. And you’re too close. 43 As they enter Bertie notices: BERTIE What happened to your shoulder? Lionel hastily removes the pillow. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM . (referring to the consultation room) May we discuss this properly? 44 INT. but here I am. but lets him him.CONTINUOUS 44 They enter: LIONEL You look dreadful. BERTIE Which is why she dislikes you. LIONEL But you’re not Royal in this room. Sore back. LIONEL BERTIE What’s your Myrtle got to do with me? Elizabeth doesn’t much care for you either. . LIONEL That woman has style. May we discuss Myrtle in private? Its not proper talking about our women on the street. 43 INT. WAITING ROOM TO LOGUE’S CHAMBERS .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Myrtle? Myrtle’s never met me. You’re far too familiar. BERTIE Another example of exactly the sort of thing you don’t say to a Royal.
LIONEL 40. LIONEL (CONT’D) Mine lay rigid. LIONEL (CONT’D) Curtis bi-plane. BERTIE Thought he’d be proud of you. you bastard! BERTIE What was he angry about? LIONEL I was a great disappointment. daring the Reaper: take me. Oh. what brings you here? Your father’s death? Bertie is silent. LIONEL BERTIE (pause) (MORE) . I’m terribly sorry. So. I’ll fix it. He starts to sit. fists clenched angrily at his sides. Bertie. A model airplane was nestling in the armchair. Lionel takes out the box of model building gear the boys left.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Which is precisely why Elizabeth dislikes you. BERTIE Oh I say. LIONEL BERTIE A man of stature? A clerk. Not there! CRUNCH. now a Curtis mono-wing. Tell your lads I’ll buy a new one. LIONEL You don’t have any money. So did I.
His jaw and throat muscles constrict.. BERTIE LIONEL I’m going home now. BERTIE I’ve been to Australia. .” (pause) Couldn’t say that to my face. BERTIE 41. Oh. my father’s last words were: “Bertie has more guts than the rest of his brothers put together. LIONEL Not where I lived.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT'D) I was informed. BERTIE (blurts) My brother. after the fact. LIONEL I remember going to the theatre with her. LIONEL Try singing it. BERTIE You must undersand. That’s why I’m here. Not real theatre…traveling players. Pardon? BERTIE LIONEL Know any songs? BERTIE “Swanee River”. LIONEL What’s he done? Can’t say. I can’t puh-puh-puh. (then) Your mother? LIONEL Coughed herself to death when I was young..
. . Goes like this.. Father wouldn’t allow it.. I had to collect stamps.. I was singing! One doesn’t stutter when one sings! (realises) ) Oh. Sorry... BERTIE Certainly not. (fascinated by the plane repairs) May I help? Always wanted to build models.. (sings) “Way down upon the. LIONEL I take that as a compliment.. Thank you. LIONEL You didn’t stutter. hard to show you what to do at five paces. BERTIE That’s because you’re peculiar. LIONEL 42.” Etcetera. Yes. BERTIE Of course I didn’t stutter. He collected stamps.” BERTIE I know the words! (sings) “Way down upon the Swanee River. LIONEL Only if you sing. (then) Well I can’t waltz around on State occasions warbling! LIONEL You can with me. Cut some struts from the balsa. Sing it.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Very modern. BERTIE Happens to be my favorite. Would you like a cup of tea? BERTIE No..
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 Lionel fires up the hot plate. LIONEL Two lumps or one? Bertie. about your future King.. he said to me. BERTIE . BERTIE I’ve a sweet tooth. BERTIE I can’t talk.. Knowing I wouldn’t be King. LIONEL You were about to sing an aria concerning your brother. doo-dah. Did that cause friction? Knowing he’d grow up to be King. a bit abashed. doo-dah. or sing. 43... To tell the truth. but you wouldn’t. BERTIE Certainly not.it was a relief. LIONEL Always preferable. LIONEL Why’s that? Lionel hands him a mug of tea. Lionel makes the pot.. doo-dah doodah. (sings) “The Arch of C. possibly none too clean. (referring to plane wing) Cover it with tissue. LIONEL My future King? He’s your future King too.. Bertie realizes it’s chipped and . BERTIE I’m not crooning to the tune of “Swanee River!” LIONEL Try “Camptown Races” then..” That sort of thing. Water’s boiling. I’ve always looked up to David. holds up three fingers..
While Logue isn’t looking. LIONEL I don’t. What’s the age difference? 44. doctor. Bertie surreptitiously wipes the rim of the mug with his handkerchief. Before I met her. BERTIE Eighteen months. She wouldn’t have him. LIONEL No smoking. (MORE) . (then) David and I were very close. BERTIE As brothers! How close? LIONEL BERTIE Young bucks.. You know.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE I wouldn’t have to give speeches! Reaches into his jacket for his cigarette case. LIONEL Princess Elizabeth? BERTIE (flares) What an extraordinarily rude thing to say! (quickly under control) David did try to be her beau at one point. LIONEL But for eighteen months you would’ve been King?! BERTIE We didn’t think about it that way. (sings) Doo-dah doo-dah.. LIONEL As you said: eighteen months. Did you go after the same girls? BERTIE Upon occasion. or I wouldn’t ask.
boy!” Thought it would make me stop. Father encouraged it. BERTIE I mean the damn questions! LIONEL Mandatory. BERTIE Being born. she hated me because it reminded her of her grief. 45. Too much has been said. kept a girl in St John’s Wood and shared her on alternate nights.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT'D) Not like my father. LIONEL This time I’d like an answer. “Spit it out.. What was your earliest memory? BERTIE You asked that before. when they were young. I was named Bertie to placate Great Grandmamma Victoria. (stutter growing in intensity) (MORE) .he and his brother. LIONEL I don’t understand. Did David tease you? BERTIE They all did. Prince Albert departed on that date. An uncomfortable silence. Is this necessary?! LIONEL Otherwise the paint will eat through the tissue. LIONEL How can you remember that? BERTIE December 14th. LIONEL Now dope the other wing.. Tell me more about your storybook childhood. BERTIE “Mausoleum Day”. “Buh-buh-buh-Bertie”. In return.
BERTIE (CONT’D) Metal splints were made. Now I have straight legs... I have a temper. which was considered inappropriate. Lionel waits.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT'D) Let’s stick to medical history please. Also considered inappropriate.worn night and day. Now I’m right handed. BERTIE He’s fallen in love! LIONEL How dreadful. not Grand Inquisitor. And? LIONEL 46.. BERTIE With the wrong sort of woman! LIONEL What’s wrong with her? BERTIE She’s American. Are you available? Or will it be: “Myrtle says no?” LIONEL You sound angry.. This is so. BERTIE I was punished. LIONEL Some of them must be lovable.very painful. LIONEL Angry at me. LIONEL Anything else? BERTIE Bandy legs. I told you. BERTIE Yes. or at your brother? Bertie remains stubbornly silent..tawdry! I need your services as a Speech Therapist. Then blurts: . I’m naturally left handed..
fair and square. BERTIE I made a smudge! LIONEL Touch it up.. For reasons you cannot disclose. BERTIE 47. . fearing ramifications you will not explain. BERTIE I brought it along. LIONEL Can’t they fornicate privately like adults? BERTIE If only! David used to prefer married women because there was no possible attachment. You won. Especially if you might be King.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE This one’s divorced. but the family. hesitates. then offers it to Logue. Lionel pockets the coin. Twice. I’ll pay you generously. I want David to be happy. BERTIE Don’t say that! LIONEL I see. Bertie takes a coin out of his pocket. Mrs Wallis Simpson of Baltimore. the Church. LIONEL “Queen Wallis of Baltimore”? Please. But now. BERTIE You want me to beg for help? LIONEL I advise you never to beg.. won’t have it. LIONEL Does sound a bit iffy. you feel sufficiently anxious to embark upon a course of therapy in which you have no faith? You already owe me a shilling. the nation.
LIONEL You don’t wish to be seen? Slip out the back way. LIONEL You’re having second thoughts.. Bertie’s silence is confirmation. LIONEL (admires the plane) Nice job.. (added incentive) Lots of planes.. you’re the first ordinary Englishman. .. but. but no one would see you. LIONEL 48. LIONEL Australian.. LIONEL (writes an address) We live in South Kensington. Lionel.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL I’ll continue to ask questions. small apartment. BERTIE That’s what I was afraid of. To remain unobserved. LIONEL (CONT’D) I ask too many questions? BERTIE Perhaps the wrong sort. BERTIE You know.it may be even more difficult. BERTIE You’ve someone waiting? I do now. Bertie sees Lionel glance at his watch.. BERTIE I’d apologize to them in person. BERTIE After the funeral.
(pause) Wants to go home. Sometimes. (at back door) And how will Myrtle take to our coming into your home? LIONEL Not sure. Willie? LIONEL WILLIE Iiiiiii’m much bbbbbbbetter. BERTIE She might. He goes to the waiting room door. As Bertie is about to leave. Cuts both ways. Lionel requests casually: LIONEL And if you decide to come..I’ve ever really talked to.. Willie? WILLIE’S MUM (speaking for her son) Still can’t say a sentence.. She isn’t speaking to me. . LIONEL (CONT’D) How’re you doing. LIONEL Thrum. 45 EXT. She might be helpful. Exits. Bertie doesn’t answer. A drum roll is heard. If I asked.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE . (pause) After the funeral then? 49. Very nicely. and how little he knows of mine. WINDSOR CASTLE .NEW DAY Funereal bagpipes wail. GEORGE’S CHAPEL. joining the measured drum-rolls. Another. when I ride through the streets and see a ‘bloke’ I’m struck by how little I know of his life. Logue is left holding the plane. bring the Duchess. Thrum! Thrum! 45 ST.. Well done.
For our late King’s crown to fall from his coffin is not a fortuitous portent. What ever is going to happen next? .C. as the gun carriage transverses a tram track and tilts precipitously. On the balcony of the Castle. is a huge BBC microphone. Suddenly the Royal Crown tumbles and falls. decorated with black bunting.C.. COSMO LANG (O.. Canons are fired.that the High and Mighty Prince Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David is now become our only lawful King. draped with the Royal standard. showing a massive military parade. then a shocked GASP. COSMO LANG Don’t be disingenuous. wending its way through the main street of Windsor towards the Castle.. replete with ostrich feathers. knocking off the Maltese Cross. a large flock of blackbirds rise up and streak across the wintery sky. David is seen . mainly Navy personnel. INTERCUT to the REVERSE ANGLE. Below . One of the dignitaries reads a declaration: DIGNITARY Whereas it has pleased Almighty God to call to His mercy our late Sovereign. Startled by the salute.) Oh bloody Hell! WINSTON CHURCHILL (O. King George the Fifth of blessed and glorious memory.very serious. accompanying a gun carriage on which rides the King’s coffin..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 50. DIGNITARY (CONT’D) . A MURMUR. and replace both atop the coffin. Your Grace? The Archbishop and Churchill are watching the events from the shadows at one end of the balcony. During this. on which rests the Royal Crown topped by a Maltese Cross.) A bad omen.a scramble to restore the Cross to the Crown. and arrayed in front of it a row of uniformed dignitaries wearing Naval hats of the Napoleonic Wars.
. INTERCUT to Bertie in the funeral cortege. COSMO LANG (CONT’D) A man who cannot speak? In Nuremberg stadium. looking frail and pale.. WINSTON CHURCHILL That may be increasingly difficult to maintain. And who would you suggest to rally the troops. perhaps we need a new King? WINSTON CHURCHILL My turn to be profoundly shocked. scoff! But you more than others know full well we’ll soon be under siege from the forces of darkness. whilst the Duke of York cannot successfully order fish and chips. the world? 51. the Empire. the nation. Herr Hitler mesmerizes millions.a gathering storm? COSMO LANG Oh.. Churchill! Go on. . will there actually be “a new reign”? COSMO LANG Winston! I’m deeply shocked. but will never tolerate adultery. COSMO LANG Scoff. Neither look the slightest traumatized. you do have a way with words.. WINSTON CHURCHILL The winds of war. WINSTON CHURCHILL You don’t look it. I’ve been informed by no less an authority than the Prime Minister that our populace has no objection to Royal fornication. COSMO LANG My function requires me to appear serene.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Is that be the motto of the new reign? Indeed. since we cannot acquire a new populace. COSMO LANG Well.
This is the Coronation Committee.. WINSTON CHURCHILL Now there’s dimness. 46 EXT. 52. . CONFERENCE ROOM. 47 INT. the coffin is entering the Chapel. but deliberately leaves the door open so the committee can hear snatches of Bertie’s ensuing humiliation..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Would you prefer the next brother? INTERCUT to Henry. everyone waiting for its occupant. He finally arrives.NEW DAY The Royal standard flies bravely. The chair at the head of the table is empty. They exit. who speaks beautifully. before we attempt to bring another to his knees.unburdened with brain. BUCKINGHAM PALACE .CONTINUOUS 47 Bertie waits at a table with a group of immaculately attired courtiers and dignitaries. the rightful heir. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) Come. He gestures for Bertie to come into the corridor. David. the Duke of Kent. BUCKINGHAM PALACE . perhaps? INTERCUT to George. WINSTON CHURCHILL Thus we’re left with David. even if he talks nonsense. COSMO LANG I must admit. the Duke of Gloucester. 46 Re-establishing shot. let us bury one king. Below. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) A bi-sexual former drug addict? The unwashed moralistic populace will adore that! COSMO LANG The youngest.
.you must always be prepared. He thrusts a document into Bertie’s hands. DAVID (OVER-RIDES) I’m the brother who speaks.CONTINUOUS 53. Pardon? BERTIE DAVID Diction..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 48 INT. DAVID Hear you’re taking elocution lessons. CORRIDOR... but his brother won’t accept. Nice and loud.. Speechifying. aren’t you.. BERTIE I. BUCKINGHAM PALACE . DAVID (CONT’D) My brother will read the Coronation Plans.I thu-thu-think we should tuh-tuhtable the document. BERTIE (whispers urgently) I’m not prepared! DAVID (whispers back) As a Boy Scout. DAVID Replace me? Well. his chest tightens and his hands begin to shake. Bertie looks at the pages. lad.. He attempts to return it to David... 48 David has a habit of constantly fingering his tie. Or do you wish to have a go? BERTIE Good lord no! I hope to.I. then pokes his head into the conference room. BERTIE Merely trying to overcome my dreadful impediment. .today’s your chance.and you are one... so everyone can hear. very much a Boy Scout.. his throat constricts... That’s the word around Town.
WACK.CONTINUOUS 50 Not wanting to draw attention to his destination. Bertie has disembarked several buildings away from Logue’s address. Buh-buh-Bertie. A brief pause. aye. See you at Balmoral this weekend. Bertie rings Logue’s bell. BERTIE I wasn’t sure either.NEW DAY49 The lion rampant flutters on the bonnet of the Austin. Bertie wraps his scarf around the lower portion of his face. Tells his driver: BERTIE Wait down the road. wearing a black armband. around. Bertie stands frozen and shattered. The group of local lads look at him unabashed. In the room. A soccer football hits him on the back. 50 EXT. A fine high shot. 49 54. Lionel opens the door. Bertie glances nervously. Then catches his reflection in the rearview mirror. . Pulling his homburg over his brow. gestures for the driver to stop.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID Tell the others how Mrs Simpson is to be accommodated in a special alcove above the altar. Inside. Now I’ll be off. He makes his way hurriedly. LOCAL LAD (CONT’D) He wheels Nice one. INT/EXT. they are appalled. LOCAL LAD Kick it ‘ere. wasn’t sure whether to expect you. Bertie. hoping not to be recognized. Guv? Bertie kicks it. SOUTH KENSINGTON STREET . AUSTIN PRINCESS ON SOUTH KENSINGTON STREET . They go back to their game. LIONEL To be honest.
but pleasant room: comfortable furniture a bit battered by the boys. BERTIE Because you’re paid to listen! LIONEL Like a verbal geisha girl? 52 INT.CONTINUOUS 55. antimacassars to hide the wear spots on the arms.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Something happened? Bertie stares at his mentor. LIONEL BERTIE What more does a man need. 51 Bertie has to pick his way through discarded toys and sporting equipment. Home. referring to his hat and scarf) Do I look like a spy? LIONEL With a toothache. LOGUE’S FLAT . explaining to Logue: BERTIE I was totally unable to speak. Nods. STAIRWELL. LIONEL Coming from a man who’s lived all his life in castles and palaces. .eh? Lionel stares. LIONEL You seldom stutter with me anymore. LOGUE’S FLAT . well-used Turkish rug on the floor. family photos everywhere. 51 INT.CONTINUOUS 52 Bertie looks around the cluttered. LIVING AREA. They disappear inside. BERTIE (as they enter. (referring to the mess) The boys are a bit untidy. unsure if he’s being patronized.
lost in his painful memory.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Somebody has to live in them. Shit. Bugger! BERTIE 56. shit! LIONEL See how defecation flows trippingly from the tongue? You don’t stutter when you swear. BERTIE I couldn’t say anything! LIONEL You could’ve refused.NEW DAY Bertie stands shattered. LIONEL To prove you know how. . 53 LIONEL A public school prig could do better. 53 INT. BERTIE Shit then. LOGUE’S STUDY . Bloodybloodybloody! LIONEL Perhaps a touch more vulgar? BERTIE Certainly not. LIONEL Somebody does. BERTIE Well bloody bugger to you. shit. Don’t you know any rude words? BERTIE What a bloody stupid question! I just said one. you beastly bastard! LIONEL Hardly robust. Bloody. Ushers Bertie into his study.
57.) I should hope not! BERTIE Apologies. pet! Won’t happen again! MYRTLE (O.. Bertie is in no mood to be provoked..! BERTIE (whispers) This is your fault! LIONEL Sorry. Fuck..) We have children. Logue. . MYRTLE (O. shit. BERTIE Bloody.. Do you know the fword? BERTIE Fornication? LIONEL Oh Bertie. LIONEL First time I’ve heard you laugh. BERTIE Royals aren’t allowed emotions in public.S. fuck. LIONEL Which explains a lot.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Because I’m angry! LIONEL Get angry more often. BERTIE Fuck.. fuck. bloody! Shit. fuck! A pounding on the wall. bugger! Fuck. shit! Bugger.S. bloody. Mrs. bugger.. fuck! LIONEL Bravissimo! Now a resounding chorus of.
All the warning signals BERTIE Don’t take liberties! You’re a dangerous man. Duty is our sole justification for privilege. LIONEL BERTIE I came here because I was taught from childhood to serve a purpose. Lionel. dammit!? Stage my next public appearance as an obscene operetta?! LIONEL Your next public appearance should be very well rehearsed. Logue. afraid of losing their last vestige of privilege if the monarchy is further debased. Bertie pulls back in offended shock. she believes in me! LIONEL But you don’t share her belief? Why come here? BERTIE I’m beginning to ask myself that very same question. Doctor Logue.the whole panoply of a class which once ruled the nation which once ruled the world. Your sailing close to the edge. 58. dear sweet deluded woman. Who sent you? LIONEL Anyone in mind? BERTIE The lurking shadows.. and that purpose is to serve. BERTIE Because. LIONEL Your wife was the one who sought me out. instilled in him are going off. Courtiers and peers. (MORE) . Lionel instinctively reaches out to pat Bertie supportively on the shoulder. don’t push me. Without thinking.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE What do you want me to do..
I pray to The Almighty they succeed. Bertie doesn’t want to hear.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT'D) I came here because I was under the illusion you might help me perform that function! LIONEL Not to worry. You can sing them. The Coronation is set for the 12th of May. BERTIE Are you saying he wanted me to fail? LIONEL Are you insisting he didn’t? In the future we can parse any document into manageable phrases. swear them.... rehearse them til you get the rhythm and flow. Mrs. BERTIE Growing confidence? Growing dread!!! You’re a wicked man. trying to get me to thrust myself forward as an alternative to my brother. LIONEL Does that include debasing yourself? BERTIE If necessary! LIONEL Your brother knew perfectly well by giving you a document without warning. LIONEL And if Mr Baldwin stops them? BERTIE That would be a tragedy. Lionel Logue. . that. They say the King can do no wrong.. combined with your growing confidence. That gives them two weeks to marry and put this issue to rest. Her decree becomes final on the 27th of April. Simpson is seeking a divorce. I’ll do anything within my power to keep my brother on the throne. BERTIE He can bugger things up! And I am not the King. Trying to get me to commit treason! 59.
(Not the same Director as in the earlier audition scene.the son of a King.. Doctor Logue..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Trying to get you to be governed by fear. seek me out? To take lessons so you could parties?! 60. Playing the provinces. realize you need not Again. I’m going to Balmoral to spend a pleasant country weekend with my beloved brother. LIONEL Outer Mongolia? DIRECTOR Available.back through untold centuries.. And these sessions are over! 54 INT. DIRECTOR I believe that’s called “desperate for a part!” Previous experience? Australia. are we? LIONEL Nothing prevents. You presume to instruct me on my duty? A jumped-up jackeroo from the outback? The disappointing son of an embittered clerk! You’re a monster.) DIRECTOR Were you told? We aren’t for London. Righto! Let’s hear what you can do. A PROVINCIAL DIRECTOR replies from a seat in the auditorium. why did you polite elocution attend posh tea BERTIE How dare you! I’m the brother of a King. STAGE OF SMALL REGIONAL THEATRE . Now? LIONEL (BEHIND CURTAIN) Lionel pushes his way through the gap in the curtain..NEW DAY 54 Closed curtains. LIONEL DIRECTOR You have played the provinces. Someone fumbles behind it. .
that give delight. She studies them. and sometimes voices. VALENTINE Haven’t finished yet.. and hurt not. Caliban? DIRECTOR Make him deformed.. stunned. Lionel? MYRTLE 55 Myrtle and the Lionel takes five slim folders out of his jacket pocket and puts them on the table in front of Myrtle. Sounds and sweet airs. Mum. Finally: LIONEL You may leave. Thanks. LOGUE’S DINING ROOM . (rallies himself) “Be not afeard.” DIRECTOR (interrupts) Thank you! Don’t abandon your day job. LIONEL (CONT’D) “Sometimes a thousand twanging instruments Will hum about mine ears.” As magical as Lionel was when he performed for his boys. They exit. (realizes) Oh! Right! THE BOYS Thanks. Next! Logue bows his head. Dad. boys eat in silence. Myrtle knows something has happened. .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL 61.NIGHT Lionel enters and sits dejectedly at the table. the isle is full of noises. here he’s stiff and painfully stilted. Audiences like that. Dad. 55 INT. LIONEL Of course.
MYRTLE What’ll you do when we get home? LIONEL Try not to act the toff. 62. Lionel..not much progress. a bulldozer cuts into the green turf and rich soil.. (grief overwhelms him) I just bloody well wasn’t good enough! MYRTLE (studying the tickets) Oh Lionel! This must’ve cost you. Thanks to your patience. The felling and earth removal are being watched by Churchill and Lang from a distant terrace. The others have been referred. I had a go. LIONEL No! I’m not good enough! MYRTLE You gave it a try.. LIONEL Yes. Teach perhaps. .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 MYRTLE (CONT’D) Tickets? Home? LIONEL First class. MYRTLE You could. CHOP! 56 EXT.. Nearby. MYRTLE What about your.. A long pause as Myrtle digests this. GROUNDS AND TERRACE. In the background a jazz band in white tuxedos syncopates pertly.. LIONEL Willie’s a problem. BALMORAL .NEW DAY 56 A woodsman’s axe CHOPS into the thick trunk of a massive tree. CHOP! CHOP! The sound of an axe.
Watching from the sidelines: WINSTON CHURCHILL Erotic sexual techniques beyond polite imagination? I realize of course. WINSTON CHURCHILL I’d not appreciated Your Grace was so well versed concerning things testicular! COSMO LANG They were severely damaged by the measles when HM and his brother were naval cadets. a rather small. with a high brow and square jaw . an afternoon dance is being held. dripping in jewelry. HM has trouble with his glands? Churchill almost chokes on his champagne. the very picture of insouciance. seem through open French doors. Her most attractive physical feature is her back. displayed fully by a dress that plunges to her nates. Winston exchanges his empty champagne flute for a full one from the tray of a passing footman.MRS WALLIS SIMPSON. . Did you know. angular. BALMORAL . dark haired woman. Surrounded by their entourage. WINSTON CHURCHILL If anyone should know.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Five hundred year old oaks! Part of the hill! Removed to improve the view! COSMO LANG How ever does she do it? 63. COSMO LANG You’ve the Devil in you today. a dashing couple: David. they are the apex of chic. 57 INT. and clinging to his arm. Inside the ballroom. Churchill and Lang look in. COSMO LANG All aspects of mankind are within my venue. it would be Your Grace. BALLROOM.CONTINUOUS 57 At the epicenter. that may be outside your personal experience.
They make their way inside.? knowing his lack of issue may well become a major issue indeed.” P-o-t-t-y. In the distance an Austin Princess can be seen making its way up the stately tree-line avenue.CONTINUOUS 58 Bertie and Elizabeth are dressed for the party. BALLROOM. Winston. A FOOTMAN announces: . Two daughters.. BALMORAL . COSMO LANG A dazzling concept. including multiplication. COSMO LANG Apparently it affects the quality. of HM’s endeavors.beautifully phrased. as it has only occurred to me. who realizes he cannot produce issue. might not wish to be King. 64. and That Woman throws.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL A veritable encyclopedic font of scatological information. And I know perfectly well she calls me ‘the Dowdy Duchess”.. I shepherd my flock in all matters. WINSTON CHURCHILL Has it occurred to you.. 59 INT. ELIZABETH Your father not dead six months. AUSTIN PRINCESS. BALMORAL ESTATE . although not the quantity. WINSTON CHURCHILL And the brother? COSMO LANG Unscathed. “A garden potty. 58 INT.. and “Cookie”. that a Monarch with a gland problem.DAY 59 At the buffet table Churchill helps himself copiously. She’s sleeping in your mother’s bedroom. BERTIE We must try to be pleasant.
BALMORAL .our Monarch does not possess exclusive rights to Mrs. after all. In this case: the King.one for each time they’ve slept together. who is standing in front of a portrait of George IV.. As always. Court etiquette decrees royalty must be greeted by the official host. Count von Ribbentrop. Churchill and Lang watch David and Wallis do a brisk Turkey Trot. Churchill has spotted Elizabeth in a side room. she is.. Elizabeth cursties in return. To the side. Simpson’s sexual favours.I.B. 65. WINSTON CHURCHILL According to the F. Hitler’s Ambassador. (MORE) . has been sending her 17 carnations every day. WINSTON CHURCHILL On the contrary. ELIZABETH I don’t need to be told I behaved badly. Wallis sweeps forward to greet them.. Wallis quickly returns to David. 60 INT. we must see to it this Empress of the Night does not become Queen of England! WINSTON CHURCHILL Vividly put.. Mam..CONTINUOUS 60 Churchill makes his way to Elizabeth. Winston. one of their citizens. PORTRAIT GALLERY. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) Allow me to test new waters. David turns and bows formally. COSMO LANG Good Lord. announcing to no one in particular: ELIZABETH I came at the invitation of the King.. The Yorks go in the other direction.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 FOOTMAN Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York. but Elizabeth sails past. taking him forcefully onto the dance floor. You behaved impeccably..
relative ELIZABETH a very long time ago..and previously married. ELIZABETH 66. She signed an agreement that she could never become Queen. BERTIE Been trying to see you. followed by Bertie determined to catch up. Elizabeth and Churchill leave the brothers alone. A rather sensible morganatic arrangement. That was stirring Winston. You’re with a rather large spoon. .. Keep in mind. WINSTON CHURCHILL (referring again to the painting) You’re well aware. Mrs.. George IV’s wife.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT'D) (referring to the painting) A relative? Distant. Fitzherbert. David. I’m also a distant of Lady Macbeth. BERTIE Doing what? DAVID Being King. of course.. BERTIE DAVID Wally wants more champagne. and their children could not be Royal.. was very common indeed.. She prefers that. I have to fetch it. struggling to open a champagne bottle. WINSTON CHURCHILL I would disremember at my peril. David is coming briskly down the corridor. DAVID Been terribly busy.
I’ve seen them. With Wallis as my wife. 67. David backs down. DAVID This will end splendidly. A moment of silent confrontation..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Where did you get that American accent? David.. BERTIE David! The upper classes are terrified anything which clouds the monarchy makes their situation more dangerous. BERTIE This could end in disaster.. DAVID Didn’t realize you cared.. DAVID Herr Hitler will sort that out. The whole bag of tricks.. Hunger marchers are singing the “Red Flag” in front of Westminster. Sort of. d-d-dear b-b-oy! BERTIE Please.. Kings do marry.Father’s not dead six months. DAVID Ssssssorry. BERTIE Who’ll sort out Chancellor Hitler? . yet you’ve put Mrs..demanding a republic.. I suspect. No more of that. BERTIE Whatever will she call herself? DAVID Queen of England. Empress of India. is she? BERTIE That isn’t funny. Simpson in the suite used by our mother? DAVID Mama’s not still in bed.
DAVID Am I being threatened? BERTIE David. BERTIE The man’s a monster! Our position must remain clear. We are the heart and soul of this nation. And she’s very clever about politics. . And Kaiser Willie was our uncle. DAVID Are you already in charge? BERTIE I’m trying to warn you. DAVID I won’t be a lackey to an unwashed politician like Stanley Baldwin! BERTIE He’s your Prime Minister. BERTIE Because we took an English name! Windsor. Because we are England. your role is to consult and to be advised. DAVID Sounds like you’ve studied our wretched constitution. That must never change. old chap? BERTIE We are a German family! DAVID Didn’t bother anyone during WWI. By the Jews. according to Wallis. BERTIE Sounds like you haven’t. DAVID Why’s that. DAVID And I’m his King! 68.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID He’s much maligned.
There’s Winston. No. DAVID Not the same thing. on what basis could you possibly claim to be King?! DAVID What’s the point then? Just to look posh? You know. BERTIE 69. David! We were bred to be profiles on a coin.your speech is much improved tonight.. DAVID Yet an ordinary man may marry for love. are we? BERTIE Don’t say such a thing! DAVID Is my young brother trying to push me off the throne? Sounds positively medieval.M. my daughters. We’ll create a King’s Party. to me. BERTIE To fight a general election in which your marriage is the only topic? DAVID I’d risk anything and everything for Wallis. they have no choice but to resign. don’t do this to my wife. Hardly a hesitation.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE If you refuse to listen to our Government.. DAVID I’ll form another. Yearning for a larger audience. BERTIE I beg of you. Don’t I have rights? BERTIE Privileges. He’d love to be P. If you were ordinary. BERTIE We’re not ordinary men. .
Churchill. Baldwin has a sheath of telegrams in hand. as a possible solution. Churchill is silent. BALDWIN’S STUDY. ..NEW DAY 70. 62 INT. See you at my Coronation.. The champagne cork finally POPS. As Chancellor of the Exchequer he already lives next door. enough chit-chat. WINSTON CHURCHILL My opportunity to redecorate will come soon enough..) Nice of you to invite me to your digs. 61 Establishing shot of the Prime Minister’s residence.S. once this Royal matter is settled.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 DAVID The politicians will give in.DAY 62 Baldwin and Churchill are alone together. WINSTON CHURCHILL (O. 10 DOWNING STREET . Winston. The question of a morganatic marriage. Balwin waits. BALDWIN Will it? Well. Neville Chamberlain will take my place.. then: No love lost between BALDWIN (CONT’D) .I intend to resign. Stanley.Bertie. BALDWIN As you may have guessed. HM is their King too. Stanley. After all. The Royal scandal has weakened my position considerably. Baldwin takes pleasure in deflating it. these two men. on the edge of his seat. BALDWIN (CONT’D) No need to volunteer your services. He strides off. has been put to the Dominion Prime Ministers. 61 EXT. can’t suppress an anticipatory grin.. 10 DOWNING STREET ..
TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BALDWIN (CONT’D) Australia: no. our English King may marry any whore he wants. Does the King do what he wants. they’ve not even heard of Mrs Simpson.NIGHT 71. they’ll be well out of it. This is about who’s in charge. rocking back and forth lost in a reverie. bluntly. Eyes closed he extends his right arm as though holding a cavalry saber.. WINSTON CHURCHILL Bloody Irish. Hardly a winning hand. or does the nation own their Monarch? WINSTON CHURCHILL He won’t budge. YORK HOUSE .wavers. BALDWIN Nor will we. or what his people want him to do? Does the King own his nation. Union of South Africa: an inappropriate marriage would create a permanent wound. Silence. BALDWIN (CONT’D) This is not about true love. Bertie enters startling him.. WINSTON CHURCHILL David feels there aren’t that many people in Australia. and. 63 INT. he sits on it gingerly. BALDWIN New Zealand. Winston. the Kiwis! BALDWIN Being rather remote. WINSTON CHURCHILL Ah. . BALDWIN Canada: no. The Irish Free State: states it is not really their affair. BERTIE Don’t dismount. Unable to resist. PLAYROOM. 63 Winston Churchill is incongruously inspecting a rocking horse.
I have the Scotland Yard intercept: “Who is King here? Baldwin or I? I myself wish to talk with Hitler. . Quite happy to bring his nation to the brink of civil war just as we face global conflict. alright.” BERTIE Good Lord! My brother wrote that? WINSTON CHURCHILL Wallis wrote it for him. there’ll be war. (takes out another piece of paper) Your brother held conversations with the Duke of Saxe-Coburg. Hitler will crush everyone. BERTIE Thought you were in David’s camp? WINSTON CHURCHILL I was. including the Americans. I fear your brother is like the child in a fairy story. (takes a piece of paper from his pocket and reads) “I am now free to tell you how I was jockeyed out of the Throne.” I doubt England is ready to return to absolute monarchy.” His intent seems crystal clear. given everything in the world.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Good of you to see me at this late hour. but I’ll soon be back as their leader. BERTIE Surely his motives are misunderstood? WINSTON CHURCHILL “If I don’t get my way. your cousin. I’ll burn it. a ranking member of the Nazi party. BERTIE We’re not coming to that?! WINSTON CHURCHILL Oh. and will do so here or in Germany. but they forgot his soul. when the war comes. BERTIE Winston?! Don’t take him seriously! 72. The British may not want me as their King.
A few hours ago I discharged my last duty as King and Emperor. WINSTON CHURCHILL I must decline. . Winston. Reluctantly. you could form a government on his behalf. BERTIE I don’t want to hear it! Ever! WINSTON CHURCHILL It does have a rather nice turn of phrase. Churchill gets to his feet. 1936. BERTIE It’s not too late. Birmingham. WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) Sorry.DAY 64 It is December 11th.the streets are deserted. Edinburgh. In London.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Mugs for his cancelled Coronation will soon be on clearance sale. then) I’ve written a new speech for him.O. RADIO FILTER) At long last I am able to say a few words of my own. (starts to exit. Stragglers hurry indoors to be near: THE GLOWING DIAL OF A RADIO DAVID (V.. country hamlets and cathedral towns. 64 EXT. If practical use the actual recorded broadcast (truncated). BERTIE You’re willing to go along with this?! Changing horses in mid-stream is a perilous maneuver!!! WINSTON CHURCHILL Depends how badly the horse you’re on stumbles. The rocking horse CRACKS. MONTAGE OF BRITISH STREETS .. Until now it has not been constitutionally possible for me to speak. 73.
a happy home with his wife and children. Lionel and Myrtle sit in armchairs. God bless you all! God save the King! Logue strokes Myrtle’s hair.O. Elizabeth holds a finger to her lips: shush. enjoyed by so many of you.CONTINUOUS 74. the radio on a side-table between them. LOGUE’S PARLOUR . RADIO FILTER) This has been made less difficult to me by the sure knowledge that my brother has one matchless blessing. DAVID (V.” . happiness and prosperity with all my heart. 66 INT. RADIO FILTER) (CONT’D) We all have a new King. MARGARET ROSE (whispers) Daddy. LIONEL I too “married the woman I love. PLAYROOM. Bertie battles his emotions.NIGHT 66 The glow of a radio dial.O.O. my first words must be to declare my allegiance to him. I wish him and you. DAVID (V. 65 Bertie and Elizabeth listening to the radio with the two princesses royal sitting at their parents’ feet. YORK HOUSE .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 65 INT.O. the Duke of York. and not bestowed on me -. who broke our rocking horse? BERTIE (whispers) A giant. RADIO FILTER) I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love. Lionel gets up to turn it off as David’s voice concludes: DAVID (V. RADIO FILTER) Now that I have been succeeded by my brother. his people. DAVID (V.
Raising our sons. MYRTLE Using simple words and short sentences. . LIONEL That’s why we’re suited. Lionel. always will. a husband. That’s all I ever wanted. Where does a shop girl fit in? LIONEL Very snugly. MYRTLE Yet.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 MYRTLE You married a shop girl.. MYRTLE Is that why. A job. every day. I’m just an ordinary bloke. LIONEL I certainly failed! MYRTLE A great healer. I’m very ordinary. Me too. you did what you wanted. into my heart! Always have. LIONEL A wonderful lass. for as long as you could.. MYRTLE Ordinary? You’re a man with wild dreams. Someone I can talk to heart to heart.. That’s what I wanted. Mine are so very small. a home..’great’. MYRTLE And failing that. LIONEL 75. LIONEL I wanted to be a great actor. Always. you’ve spent hours with a man who’s about to be King? LIONEL That relationship is now past tense.
Bertie realizes its a Rolls. ACCESSION COUNCIL .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 MYRTLE Trouble is. 68 EXT. DRIVER So did I. YORK HOUSE . 67 The Royal standard on a gleaming car’s bonnet. ST. Bertie stands uneasily in the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet as the driver opens the door. making last minute adjustments to his uniform. INNER COURTYARD. when you say that. Staring at his reflection: BERTIE How did this happen to you? . and gets in. I still believe it. 67 INT. JAMES PALACE . and call: MARGARET ROSE You look like a chicken. Lionel. 69 INT.DAY 76. The two girls wave from their open playroom window.) His Majesty will address the Accession Council and take his oath. A rooster. ANTECHAMBER.S. sir. Your Highness.CONTINUOUS 69 Bertie looks at himself in a full length mirror. BERTIE Where’s the Austin? DRIVER The Palace changed it.THAT DAY 68 LILIBET A formal voice announces: MASTER OF THE COUNCIL (O. He waves. BERTIE I liked the Austin.
DAY BERTIE I don’t want to lose you. BERTIE Daddy’s home. All the old symptoms reappear: the tightening of the neck muscles. They curtsy formally. I meet you today in circumstances which are without parallel in the history of our Country. straight from the Accession Council. 72 . the Aldermen of the City of London and the High Commissioners of the Commonwealth countries. corridor. He holds his arm out.THAT DAY 71 Elizabeth is playing quietly with her daughters when the door opens and Bertie appears. Elizabeth takes him quickly out into the BERTIE’S STUDY. the protruding Adam’s apple. 72 INT. Its going to be a terrible performance. Bertie is devastated. They remain where they are. members of the House of Lords. YORK HOUSE . YORK HOUSE . PLAYROOM... the Lord Mayor of the City of London. still in full regalia.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 70 INT. 70 Bertie walks to the podium like a man to the gallows faced with an array of the Privy Councillors. expecting them to run to him for a hug and kiss. BERTIE My Lords. ACCESSION COUNCIL CHAMBER . his solace after the ordeal. members of the Accession Council. ELIZABETH How could you possibly? BERTIE Being what we both dread most.CONTINUOUS 77. LILIBET & MARGARET ROSE Your Majesty. He bows his head in humility. the jaw locking. And shame. 71 INT.
I couldn’t abide the thought of living in the Royal gilded cage. I refused your first two marriage proposals because. The bell RINGS again. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM & WAITING ROOM . dear.NEW DAY 78. The wife of a very great King indeed. LIONEL (CONT’D) There weren’t any more appointments today. Then I realized. as much as I loved you. 73 Logue is working with Anna.. man... The bbb.you stuttered so beautifully. She’s reading smoothly and with great intensity.. The doorbell RINGS.” Gets stuck. ANNA “Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths Enwrought with golden and silver light.. 73 INT. .. LIONEL We haven’t much more time together. Hearing Anna he stops outside the consultation room and listens. She takes his face in her hands tenderly. He yells: LIONEL (CONT’D) Piss off! (gently) Anna? ANNA “The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light.they’d leave you alone.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ELIZABETH Dear. Logue is annoyed.” The door opens and Bertie enters the waiting area.. I will be a good Queen. (then) You know what you must do. Give it a go.. ELIZABETH (CONT’D) If I must be Queen.
Lionel. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.. She exits via the Waiting Room and almost runs into Bertie. LIONEL Johnson. But I. LIONEL (softly) Read it to him. ANNA Thank you. If he doesn’t profess his love. Elizabeth says I must eat humble crow. he’s not a man. I have spread my dreams under your feet. in effect blocking Bertie’s way in. Anna nods earnestly. Take your pick.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ANNA (CONT’D) “I would spread the cloths under your feet. Don’t take any guff. BERTIE I believe this time a bit of begging might be required. . have only my dreams. 79. Logue comes to the door of the Waiting Room.. BERTIE That was lovely.” Silence. she bobs her head. LIONEL Its “crow” or “humble pie”. isn’t it? Have you an appointment? BERTIE Want me to beg? LIONEL I told you. On recognizing him. Kings don’t beg. ANNA Can I tell my Harold that’s what you said? BERTIE I’d be honoured. She dashes off. being poor.
And. Your office will be a chore. MYRTLE I’ve got the boys sorting their things. BERTIE’S STUDY . she doesn’t turn. How can I possibly do that? For pity sake. She hears Lionel enter behind her. 74 INT. letting Bertie in. a suitcase at its foot..DAY 75 Bertie is with visitors: Churchill and Lang. COSMO LANG We asked to see Your Highness because there’s the urgent question of what to call your brother. but lets it pass.. Lionel remains silent. Lionel. Bertie is not pleased with His Grace’s joke. . and knows instantly what Lionel’s going to tell her. she turns.. Myrtle is sorting. BERTIE I wouldn’t know. BERTIE (blurts out) What’s the one essential thing a King must do? He must believe he is King. 75 INT.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (gathering resolve) I was frightened and took refuge in being ‘Royal’. I beg you: get me through! I’ll pay you another shilling. There’s a slight but discernible change in his demeanor. LOGUE BEDROOM . At first. LIONEL What’re friends for? Logue steps aside.. Aside from the obvious. Realizing something is amiss. What I said was unforgivable.NIGHT 74 The double bed is piled high with clothing. And? LIONEL 80. Her hand goes to her mouth to stifle her emotions.
he’s entitled to be elected to the House of Commons. unsure. BERTIE (CONT’D) Wouldn’t it be a good idea to find out before coming to me? He cannot be Mister. COSMO LANG Unacceptable! BERTIE So you prefer he takes a seat in the House of Lords? Again. he cannot stand for Parliament.. Nor may he speak or vote in the House of Lords. .. BERTIE But if he’s made a Royal Duke. COSMO LANG (realizing) Oh I say. BERTIE The Duke of Windsor it is. Churchill and Lang gather their things stunned. Lord E. 81. BERTIE What has my brother given up on his abdication.W. WINSTON CHURCHILL Very well. Gentlemen. and called His Royal Highness. Which makes him a Lord at the very least. other than the throne? They look at each other. it is. Edward Windsor? All he deserves. as he was born the son of a Duke. on behalf of a King’s Party? Is that acceptable? WINSTON CHURCHILL Certainly not. Heading a King’s Party. BERTIE And as a Lord of the realm.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE What do you suggest? COSMO LANG Mr. He exits abruptly.
IN THE STUDY: LIONEL Splendid.HENRY LTD. Oh. is he? 76 EXT. FACADE OF D. shake hands. IN THE PARLOUR: Elizabeth waits. arranging handbags. and briefcases. . LEATHERGOODS.) “Let’s go gathering hearty heather with the gay brigade of grand dragons. LOGUE’S STUDY AND PARLOUR . BERTIE (O. BERTIE Those are my hardest sounds. twenty-five times.HENRY LTD. D. a portly bald gentleman with a Dickensian air. “She sifted seven thick-stalked thistles through strong thick sieves. She heads towards Myrtle.CONTINUOUS 77 In the store Myrtle can be seen dressing the window. ill at ease. while in his glass office the OWNER. The fellow in the trench-coat leaves. in rapid succession. KNIGHTSBRIDGE . The two men nod. The owner beckons another shop-girl over and whispers something to her. S. The Owner keeps glancing worriedly in Myrtle’s direction. allowing the action in both spaces to be viewed.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 WINSTON CHURCHILL Not exactly a dummy. is deep in concerned conversation with a man in trench-coat.DAY 76 Myrtle is in the shop window. BERTIE (CONT’D) 78 LIONEL Shall we invite your wife in now? . 82. 77 INT. luggage. Lionel gives him a look. Here’s another.” At home.” 78 INT.DAY A wall divides the study from the living area.
definitely unhappy. I trust. ear to the door. Mam as in ham. but I’m waiting to be summoned. MYRTLE You don’t like my husband. LIONEL (CONT’D) I wasn’t expecting Myrtle for several hours! 83. you won’t attempt to call me Liz. Milady? MYRTLE ELIZABETH “Your Majesty”. Not Malm as in Palm. IN THE STUDY: . That’s what I was told. Madame Logue.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 Logue goes to the door and starts to open it. I’m informed your husband calls my husband Bertie and my husband calls your husband Lionel. and flabbergasted. After that. Seeing Elizabeth. Ma’am? ELIZABETH Thank you. He shuts it quickly. IN THE PARLOUR: Myrtle has entered. BERTIE How’re they getting on? LIONEL As to be expected. however. the first time. Silence. IN THE STUDY: Lionel stands listening. she’s even less happy. ELIZABETH I was told the same. Myrtle’s at a loss knowing what to do with a Duchess. MYRTLE (CONT’D) May I offer you a cup of tea. IN THE PARLOUR: Myrtle announces: MYRTLE You may call me “Madam Logue”. “Ma’am”.
BERTIE Being a monarchist. LIONEL You’re the Royal. also trying to keep the pretense. Logue opens the door. Me? You. pretending total innocence and surprise. Therefore: you go in. We’re sensible men. Why me?! LIONEL BERTIE 84. followed by Bertie. LIONEL Of course. BERTIE We’re being cowards.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Do we remain in hiding? LIONEL I’m not going out there! IN THE PARLOUR: MYRTLE What do you dislike about my Lionel? ELIZABETH I don’t wish my husband to be demeaned. I recognize these are your digs. BERTIE You should go in. IN THE PARLOUR: Logue enters. Urged by Bertie. IN THE STUDY: the men are growing increasingly nervous. What don’t you like about mine? MYRTLE I don’t want my Lionel getting hurt. Therefore: here you rule. . ELIZABETH There’s only one thing can save him now: success.
What is my function here? LIONEL For me to show you how to pitch in. LIONEL Some other time.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Oh! Hello. Lady Elizabeth! Oh! Hello. IN THE STUDY: LIONEL (CONT’D) Glad you had a chance to meet Myrtle. What?! ELIZABETH LIONEL Firm support is needed. Myrtle darling! What a pleasant surprise. . Myrtle stares at him and takes her revenge. Elizabeth glares at him. ELIZABETH Harley Street is far too public. ELIZABETH A previous engagement. rescue. (to Bertie) Please assume a supine position on the floor. 85. LIONEL Piece of cake. MYRTLE Will the Yorks be staying for dinner? Logue and Bertie look panic-stricken. She glares and exits. Elizabeth comes to the Logue ushers Elizabeth into the study. giving Myrtle a nervous little wave. LIONEL (CONT’D) (to Elizabeth) Good of you to come. love. ELIZABETH Oh dear. Bertie stifles a snort. I may not be a ‘pitch in’ type.
be so kind as to sit on your husband’s stomach... Again.down goes Princess Elizabeth. LIONEL Well on your way to becoming a qualified political speaker. LIONEL (CONT’D) .. and hold..and... LIONEL Gently of course.. Bertie inhales deeply. but I thought you’d prefer your wife to one of the staff. LIONEL Now exhale slowly.up comes Princess Elizabeth.......inhale.deep into the diaphragm..TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 Bertie dutifully lies on the floor... ELIZABETH There’s actually more? Bertie springs to his feet while Logue opens a window. LIONEL (CONT’D) Breathe deeply. ELIZABETH Good grief.. Bertie? Bertie nods. Elizabeth sits gingerly on Bertie’s stomach.. You get the idea.. Now comes the fun part.up comes Princess Elizabeth. asking solicitously: ELIZABETH Are you alright... 86. .. expanding your chest fully.expand your chest. extending the column of air til it hits the diaphragm.nothing rushed. now your stomach.. How do you feel? BERTIE Full of hot air.. Princess Elizabeth... Exhale.inhale slowly. Splendid. Doesn’t have to be Princess Elizabeth of course. Now.down goes Princess Elizabeth.
.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL You will now shout the vowel sounds.. as loudly as possible.. Don’t even contemplate it! BERTIE Sorry. There’s poor coordination between your larynx and diaphragm. ooooooooooooooooooooooooo. doctor’s orders. ELIZABETH They can also be considered quite dotty.. dear. all five of them. uuuuuuuuuuu.... Princess Elizabeth. 79 INT. you can be the official timer. each to last no less than 15 seconds....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy. ELIZABETH They’re always looking at you.. 79 The family eat in tense silence .... (to Elizabeth) Are you timing this? iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. BERTIE . ELIZABETH Vowel sounds? Shouted at an open window? On a public street? LIONEL Anyone who can stand at an open window vibrating loudly in full view of the world can learn to give a public speech. Doctor. LOGUE’S DINING ROOM .LATER 87.. LIONEL (startled) You’re followed? ELIZABETH Royal scrutiny. those two chaps are staring at me. best get used to it. (stops) She’s right. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
leave. THE BOYS Thank you. Mum! They exit hurriedly. MYRTLE You wish me to speak my mind? LIONEL Boys. Your mother isn’t talking. LIONEL A Duchess. MYRTLE Lionel.. I arrive home to find the Queen in my parlour. . MYRTLE LIONEL They came for help. LIONEL 88.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 VALENTINE May we be excused? No. PETER (mumbles) We don’t want to hear you fight.. LIONEL We’re not fighting. don’t quibble! LIONEL What’d you think of her? MYRTLE Does it matter!? She’s the Queen and he’s the King forgodsake! What’re they doing here?! LIONEL Why’d you come home so early? Lionel. Dad! Thank you. The unhappy meal continues.without warning.. MYRTLE Lionel. she hasn’t been crowned yet..
as always. I don’t deserve a wonderful woman like you. You know it will. You saw him today. LIONEL But why’d you come home so early? MYRTLE Lionel. He’s silent. MYRTLE (CONT’D) Very well. She gets up angrily and starts carrying dishes to the kitchen.I was let go.. LIONEL When that poor chap first walked into my office. This was to be a holiday trip to see ‘Mother England’. in so many ways. and you turned it into quite something else. he was a slim. .. LIONEL Myrtle. how I never. intended to stay here. I love you. how desperately I want to go home. once more there was hope. be supportive of your endeavours.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 MYRTLE What role are you auditioning for now? Royal saviour?! Who’s going to help us?! This will bring us down.. Lionel.. I shan’t talk of this ever again. ever. Lionel? We went to Wembley Stadium. I will. MYRTLE You’re not listening to me! 89. MYRTLE You say that. quiet man with tired eyes and all the outward symptoms of the person upon whom a habitual speech defect has set the sign... What happened. LIONEL Myrtle.you’d cashed in our tickets. MYRTLE How right you are. next thing. He follows her back and forth. but you don’t listen when I say.
I sympathize. Churchill pours two nips of whiskey into metal cups nested in a hip flask..NEW DAY Establishing shot of this architectural icon. LIONEL Oh. Archbishop Lang and Churchill inspect it with satisfaction. My love.. Myrtle. WINSTON CHURCHILL Only the vulgar ones. WESTMINSTER ABBEY . WINSTON CHURCHILL (CONT’D) To our new King. you won’t be needing employment with us. COSMO LANG Let’s sincerely hope.. I’m frightened too. They look at each other in silence.afterwards it was: ‘With your hubby treating a personage that high and mighty.. you do read the newspapers? 81 INT.) Winston. WINSTON CHURCHILL Is this a ‘slightly pregnant pause’? . will you.DAY 90.S. COSMO LANG (O. Lionel. Mrs Logue?’ LIONEL (anguished) Why?! MYRTLE They’re frightened...Mr Falkoff wouldn’t say who. 80 WESTMINSTER ABBEY . MYRTLE (CONT’D) Inquiries were made.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 He’s stunned. Of what seems so far above them. Scaffolding is in the process of being erected to supply lighting for the Coronation. 80 81 A massive cavern of stone statuary and stained glass. The center piece of this particular section is the throne of Edward the Confessor.
prone to illness. WINSTON CHURCHILL Some correctness in that. But what we need is a pageant of pomp and pomposity to impress the world. WINSTON CHURCHILL What do you propose? Shorten the ceremony? Or no ceremony at all? COSMO LANG My idea exactly! WINSTON CHURCHILL I believed so... WINSTON CHURCHILL Patently erroneous.. COSMO LANG 91. Did you hear his pathetic attempt at the Accession Council? He’ll never be able to speak in public. may be two rather different things. They predict he’ll be unable to complete the Coronation. WINSTON CHURCHILL The Head of our Church? Is that what you have in mind? .. rallying all to our defense? Well.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 COSMO LANG They say he is dim. we plonk a tinsel crown on his head and lock him in a closet? Who then will spiritually lead this great nation into war? Who will address the far flung corners of the Empire. COSMO LANG They say he has epilepsy. COSMO LANG …and will die prematurely. COSMO LANG What we need. and what we’ll get. COSMO LANG Fragile. WINSTON CHURCHILL So. WINSTON CHURCHILL Demonstrably untrue.
92. Bertie has entered with Logue. the product of which I shall personally edit. Cosmo continues nervously as they walk through the Abbey. COSMO LANG Ah. categorically said no to the BBC’s new “radio-with-pictures” gadget. BERTIE That’ll keep you busy. removing all my stops and starts. We shall. BERTIE Is this the scene of the crime? COSMO LANG What a peculiar thing to say. BERTIE Radio with pictures?! COSMO LANG It is called. particularly a booth for broadcasters. however. Lang spins around. COSMO LANG Unless of course you’d prefer a quiet ceremony? .“television”. the Archbishop pointing out the preparations in progress. Imagine. be forced to permit cinema. Happily.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 COSMO LANG Would it be such a calamity? WINSTON CHURCHILL Best ask our new King. He exits quickly. yes. however. wireless is indeed a Pandora’s Box.. BERTIE Referring to my assault upon the ears of the listeners. with a transmission range of only fifteen miles this “TV” thing has no future. duty calls. COSMO LANG Your Majesty. the unwashed viewing us as we blow our noses or scratch our bottoms.. WINSTON CHURCHILL Excuse me. sir. I have.
. for it causes none to him who speaks. LIONEL A King based upon deception? Cosmo takes Bertie aside.private.. Lang continues speaking to Bertie confidentially. it need cause no sort of embarrassment. COSMO LANG Fret not.. COSMO LANG Does your bodyguard know to whom he’s speaking? He certainly doesn’t know his place! . Giving Lionel a scathing look.. I’ve paved the way. But should you wish to avoid further stress.“Crusher?” 93.discreet.” You see.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE What exactly do you mean? COSMO LANG Something. we could discuss this in private. We could pre-record an edited version to be broadcast to the world. But to those who hear it.. As I assured our nation in my recent broadcast: “When his people listen to their new Monarch they will note an occasional momentary hesitation in his speech. COSMO LANG If your gentleman from Security would give us space.. LIONEL Why not paint him pink and cover him with sequins? Pardon?! COSMO LANG LIONEL If you wish to call attention to his anxiety. Or even find an actor with a similar voice. Logue has arrived and comes out of the shadows. BERTIE You mean my bodyguard.
LIONEL So must Bertie. BERTIE Two comfortable chairs. BERTIE Which makes it most suitable. She’s a close friend of my wife. Even for a Doctor. if you don’t mind. LIONEL And now.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE Doctor Lionel Logue. we need the premises. COSMO LANG I’ll have someone attend to it. COSMO LANG Impossibly to find room. my speech therapist. BERTIE Behind the chair of Edward the Confessor. COSMO LANG Therapist?! I’d no idea! Had I known Your Majesty was seeking assistance I would’ve made my own recommendation. LIONEL Just Lionel. COSMO LANG Bertie?! We do not call the King: “Bertie”! 94. COSMO LANG The Royal Box!? Your Family will be seated there. this is Westminster Abbey! The Church must make preparations. Logue is to be present at the Coronation. One for Madam Logue. COSMO LANG My dear fellow. COSMO LANG Perhaps I might be able to add a very small stool. . The Queen. BERTIE Dr.
which you seem unable to answer. LIONEL Wouldn’t want him as a friend. BERTIE I’m a sacrificial lamb being led to slaughter! Damn you! . you wait til Westminster Abbey.. as the Arch of C so archly suggests. BERTIE And don’t ever call me Bertie in public. No observers. A moment of confrontation. no Coronation at all. LIONEL Do you really want to be King? BERTIE Knew it! I haven’t any choice. LIONEL BERTIE I sense one of your dreadful questions on the horizon.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL I do. Or. Lionel knows he’s overstepped. BERTIE Those are my wishes. Lang nods curtly and exits. BERTIE (CONT’D) You’ve made a dangerous enemy. During waking hours we’ll need the facilities. LIONEL You can be a wounded King who stumbles through his Coronation.. It’ll be a closed set. Tell me.. Your Grace.. 95. Always a choice. BERTIE What’s this. then ambush me? LIONEL I’m simply asking questions.
I here present unto you. shall we? Bertie glares at him. LIONEL “Sirs. BERTIE 96. I here present unto you. LIONEL That’s quite different. You haven’t the foggiest. LIONEL (CONT’D) You’ll then show yourself to the various sides of the Abbey as the Archbishop announces four times in a loud voice. But at least I know what I want. “Sirs.too Germanic. Let’s get down to work then. you’ll be greeted with the hymn “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me.. LIONEL (CONT’D) As soon as you and Elizabeth enter the West door.. Bertie follows Logue deep into the bowels of the ‘Abbey’. LIONEL Like your father? BERTIE Like my father..” Have you decided your name for when you become King? For when you become a different person? George.” You won’t actually be that glad.. because they sing it for a great long time.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Quite possibly. GEORGE. LIONEL Not Albert? BERTIE Given the current situation. BERTIE (explodes) I WANT TO BE HEARD! His words reverberate through the empty abbey. your undoubted King!” .
Valentine calls from the next room: . Kedgeree! Lovely.. DISSOLVE TO: 82 INT.. LIONEL Rather thought you might. Tried to keep it warm. LOGUE DINING ROOM . I’m not! You must. The door is open. MYRTLE Lionel. then.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 “George. MYRTLE A bit dry.. LIONEL Mmm.NIGHT 82 Lang is on the phone. MYRTLE I’ve news for you. 83 INT. While talking he watches the work preparations. AN OFFICE IN WESTMINSTER ABBEY . On the phone he tells someone: COSMO LANG I’ve made inquiries. You’re coming to the Coronation. LIONEL I’ve news for you. your undoubted King!” echoes through the Abby. You and I. LIONEL 83 MYRTLE Stand in the rain hoping for a glimpse? LIONEL Royal Box. 97..I’d need a new dress. Stunned silence.NIGHT Logue enters and sits at the table. MYRTLE You look done in. Myrtle serves him.
Even does a curtsey. He exits. wherein I’ll catch the conscience of a King. look at the cavernous space.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 VALENTINE (O. He quotes Shakespeare. a huge sword.S. worn with centuries of use. satisfied. 98. Leaning against the Throne. Rows of pews. This Abbey holds the history of a nation. BERTIE This is not a rehearsal. Lionel enters. Majestic stained glass windows of saints. and statesmen. and martyrs. a large rough-hewn stone: The Stone Of Scone.. THE CAMERA explores various elements: The Throne of Edward the Confessor. Bertie. bemused. poets.. 84 INT. Myrtle waits. reflected in a glass-fronted cabinet. Trips over one of the gravestones. kings. WESTMINSTER ABBEY . He gives a final.) Dad! Phone! For you! LIONEL Won’t be a sec. Bertie steps into view wearing a coat against the night chill of the stone cathedral. . LIONEL Bertie? Blast! Stepped on Lord Byron. extremely pleased with himself: COSMO LANG “The play’s the thing. “Doctor” Logue.? Lights snap on skewering Lionel. Graves of the mighty: kings. Looks at herself. set there for the next Coronation rehearsal.” He exits. like a director preparing the stage for a final scene. Footsteps resonate.THAT NIGHT 84 The last of the preparation crew are being scurried out by Lang. Beneath it.
I’m sure of that. We did that for you. no training. I wondered when that would happen. but I could very nearly do it. no credentials... terrifying enough. And I’d promised Myrtle a new frock. and for the rest of my failed miserable life! LIONEL (softly) Wembley Stadium. .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Ah.” BERTIE Lying bastard! LIONEL I knew I could help you. And you’ve ruined it! Its not just the Coronation. and the speech after that. LIONEL Want to hear my side of the story? BERTIE There isn’t a “your-side-of-the-story”. No diploma. the Star Chamber inquisition. BERTIE Then you knew from the start I was hopeless?! LIONEL My son. Valentine. This is my story. “He’s too old for me to manage a complete cure. BERTIE You dare remind me?! LIONEL I was there. Just a great deal of nerve. asked. “Could you help that poor man?” I replied. its the radio speech to millions afterwards. You refuse to believe? In you?! BERTIE 99. BERTIE (barely controlled) “Just call me Lionel”! Never did you call yourself ‘Doctor’.
So I worked in the mines. as you might well imagine. recited in pubs. but I found I had to go deeper. but I couldn’t cut flesh. So they’d lost faith in their voice. by the time I was ready to be shipped out. Muscle therapy helped somewhat. An actor?! BERTIE LIONEL When the war came.. and the universe had not listened. They had cried out. Poor buggers.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL In yourself. BERTIE Who the hell do you think you are?! LIONEL A failed actor. the first casualties were limping home. Far worse than you. Most stuttered profoundly. LIONEL But a lot of success. BERTIE I know nothing of those poor men! LIONEL I think you do. BERTIE Inquiries have been made! No credentials. broken in bone and spirit. see if you can help these poor sods. did it? LIONEL Make inquiries. Actor? BERTIE 100. you’re good with your mouth. My job was to make them shout in righteous anger: “I have the right to be heard!” BERTIE I suppose that helped them..’ The shell-shocked were the saddest. No training was given. LIONEL Father wanted me to be a doctor. ‘Lionel. (MORE) .
No mention of a medical degree.. did not. don’t you know. They made referrals. No mention of any degree. Speech Specialist’. George. one last go. ‘L.” I pretended it was our trip home to Mother England. BERTIE Well enough to deceive me. BERTIE To Harley Street?! LIONEL Cashed in our return tickets. Destroyed the happiness of my family. My practice flourished. LIONEL Lock me in the Tower. I simply knew what to do.all for the sake of ensnaring a star client you knew you couldn’t possibly assist! 101.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL (CONT'D) Not in Western Australia. however. not at that time. I thought. the Great Australian Pilgrimage. “Alright Lionel. When the lads were old enough. Some of the diggers I’d helped had come to England. BERTIE (CONT’D) What’re you doing? Get up! . Logue. Leaning against it is the great two-handed sword of St.. When the war was over I kept being a therapist to earn a living. My acting. I had three months rent. you’ve always wanted to be an actor. BERTIE I would if I could! LIONEL What crime? BERTIE You’ve saddled this nation in its moment of peril with a voiceless King. is for doctors! LIONEL The plaque says. BERTIE So you set yourself up on Harley Street as an actor? Harley Street. Lionel sits down on the chair of Edward the Confessor.
People have carved their initials into it.. So why should I listen to a poor stuttering bloke who can’t put one word after another? Why waste my time listening to you? BERTIE Because I have a right to be heard! LIONEL Heard as what?! BERTIE A man! I HAVE A VOICE!!! . ! LIONEL Listen to you?! By what right? BERTIE Divine right.. it’s a building block with handles attached. Said you didn’t want it. LIONEL You believe such ballocks I don’t care how many royal backsides have sat on it. BERTIE Listen to me. if you must! I’m your King!!! LIONEL Noooo you’re not! Told me so yourself. I’m tired. BERTIE It’s the Chair of Edward The Confessor! The throne upon which every King for six and a half centuries has been crowned. LIONEL It’s falling apart. an actor with tawdry stage props you choose to believe are real. BERTIE You can’t sit there! LIONEL Why not? It’s a chair. Needs a stone to keep from blowing away. BERTIE That’s the Stone of Scone! The Stone of Destiny that was once Jacob’s pillow. You’re just like me.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL 102.
A familiar voice is heard from the shadows. so listen carefully. BERTIE Stop trying to squirm off the hook. VOICE Your Majesty? The Archbishop of Canterbury. For your own well-being. BERTIE And may I remind you. There’s a long silence.you’re cured. Bertie stares at him. LIONEL Bertie.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL (quietly) Well then. . you do not place the crown upon your own head. Impeccable credentials.. COSMO LANG May I remind you.. And you know it. COSMO LANG The matter’s already been settled. it is my head upon which the crown is placed! 103.in this personal matter I will make my own decision.. BERTIE What did you say? COSMO LANG Your Majesty’s function is to consult. you’ll make a bloody good king.and to be advised. .. BERTIE That won’t be necessary.. but you’ve just been advised. COSMO LANG You’ll be relieved to learn I’ve found a replacement specialist. BERTIE Now I advise you. You didn’t consult..
The footage freezes momentarily. as you stand at the altar divested of your robes.) There were tears in my eyes too.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 COSMO LANG This will end badly. Your Grace.S.) More tears when our new Monarch started towards his throne. bobbing tiaras. capturing the pomp and ceremony. Trumpets echo through the Abbey. and heaving bosoms. 85 INT. WINSTON CHURCHILL Amidst a vitrine of glittering jewels. only to be brought to an abrupt halt owing to one of the Bishops treading on his robe.) That’s been edited. Lang turns on his heel. ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S SCREENING ROOM .S.) To the world. And you are King! The faint CLICKING WHIR of a film projector is heard. Lionel ignores what has just happened.S. LIONEL In hushed tones the BBC commentator paints a picture for the world.S.S. all went splendidly. COSMO LANG (O. The voices of Churchill and Lang can be heard. COSMO LANG (O. COSMO LANG (O.NEW DAY 104. .) I was much moved WINSTON CHURCHILL (O. particularly when I saw you and the Dean of Westminster cannoning into each other. The incessant rain clears miraculously as a shaft of sun streams through the stained-glass window catching your golden tunic and bathing you in light like a mediaeval knight. Cigar smoke rises up. 85 On the screen: archive footage of the Coronation. WINSTON CHURCHILL (O.
God help us. Churchill is speechless.. Hitler will be listening.... “God save the King”. BERTIE (V. LOGUE’S CONSULTATION ROOM . FREEZE FRAME.. Soon he must broadcast to the world. For once. Try again. I have something which will bring tears to your eyes. The archive footage continues. BERTIE Then I’m the solemnest king who ever lived.) (stuttering very badly) “In this grave hour. Though Bertie miraculously survived the Coronation he continues to stumble very badly indeed.. David will be listening. Lionel. Stalin and Roosevelt will be listening. ” Sorry.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 COSMO LANG (O. 105. ” LIONEL Turn the halts into pauses. COSMO LANG (CONT’D) There’s no doubt: David is planning a comeback.) Now. David and Wallis visiting the Fuhrer in Germany: Hitler gallantly kissing Mrs Simpson’s hand while Goring and the Duke of Windsor beam.O. LIONEL Use the silence. I can’t do this! . but it is not of the Coronation. during which you say to yourself. BERTIE I say that all the time. David giving the Nazi salute. BERTIE “In this grave hour. Long pauses add solemnity to great occasions. The lights come on. Winston.S. but apparently no one’s listening. ” 86 INT. And will succeed if our King continues to falter.NEW DAY 86 Bertie and Logue are rehearsing. LIONEL BERTIE “In this grave hour. Everyone will be listening.
. “In this grave hour...” BERTIE (hesitates..... BERTIE (CONT’D) If I am to be King.this message. LIONEL Get a running start. Yet I cannot speak! Logue totally ignores the outburst.in our history. ” LIONEL (SINGS) Five miles long. BERTIE “.. I speak for them.. Yet I am the seat of all authority.” Beaut..’ BERTIE “In this grave hour. then) “In this grave hour.” Go on.. I send to every household of my peoples. Why? Because the Nation believes when I speak.perhaps-the-mostfateful.where is my power? May I form a Government on my own....both at home and overseas. p-p-perhaps.. levy a tax or declare a war? None of these things. LIONEL BERTIE “... put the words all together... doo-dah....” LIONEL (SINGS) Doo-dah. Bertie over-rides. LIONEL Take it from the top. chose an Ambassador..... LIONEL 106.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 Logue tries to protest.. BERTIE The letter‘P’ is always difficult. appoint or dismiss a Prime Minister. .. ‘Perhaps-the-most-fateful.
” one...... LIONEL Helps relax the body.four “..spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you... Dancing at arm’s length with Logue. fuck.” Three. damn! All those bloody blighters are going to have to listen to me!” Can you dance? What? BERTIE 107.... (starts a bagpipe record of “Scotland The Brave”) Dance with me.... “For the second time. fuck! LIONEL You’ll be ready.two-three-four. we have tried to find a peaceful way. (continues on) “Over and over again. bugger. between ourselves.. two... bugger! Damn. in the lives of most of us.” Bugger.” LIONEL In your head. bugger. Bertie repeats: BERTIE “For the second time. LIONEL . four. one-two-threefour. two. we are at war. one. One.. BERTIE (pause) The shilling you won. as if I were able.. out of the differences.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE “.. two.. (goes to record player) Waltz? BERTIE I prefer pipes.... one-two-three.” One-twothree. One.. now: “Bugger.” one-two-three-four “. we are at war.. bugger! Fuck. and those who are now our enemies. damn.. LIONEL Thought you might.. still have it? Of course. in the lives of most of us.
He did. haltingly: WILLIE I heard the King. alone. LIONEL Willie! Where’s your mum? WILLIE (stuttering painfully) She had to work. And shouted rude words. all this time? Willie nods again. Lionel hands it over. demandingly. and shout rude words? I would! WILLIE (NO STUTTER) LIONEL LIONEL Why am I not surprised? 87 INT. Bertie holds out his hand. exiting the back way. LIONEL You’ve been waiting here. Somewhat hurt. Logue opens the waiting room door. KING’S STUDY.NEW NIGHT 87 The dreaded BBC microphone. dance.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 108. Willie beams. Did you? LIONEL WILLIE He sang. Then. BERTIE I’ll return it. LIONEL (CONT’D) Would you like to sing. BUCKINGHAM PALACE . The room has been transformed into an ad hoc broadcasting studio for this all-important occasion. . Bertie leaves with the shilling.
Bertie says nothing...TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 109. BBC NEWS READER His father taught him. BERTIE I already know. BERTIE ‘Walk up to the bloody thing boldly. He spreads the fingers of one hand.. do make sure that’s not switched on! LIONEL You’re going to be splendid. Right? . BERTIE (testing the microphone) Bugger bugger bugger. along with a small cluster of technicians putting finishing touches to their equipment. touches the apparatus with the little finger. The Floor Manager tries to warn him with his eyes.. My father taught me. but approaches the looming microphone.. thumb to chin. FLOOR MANAGER Think he’ll manage? BBC NEWS READER I’ve heard he may not even show. I taught his father. while Logue and Elizabeth watch nervously. The Reader wishes he could sink into the floor.’ BBC NEWS READER (placating) If you’ll be so kind. And if you’re not? BERTIE They’ll bloody well have to listen to me anyway.. Bertie has entered with Elizabeth and Logue. The Reader scurries off and tells the others. The BBC News Reader and Floor Manager are there. man to man. to let me show you. stare it square in the eye. ELIZABETH Bertie.bloody bloody bloody.
Neville didn’t last long. LIONEL Keep it for good luck. you won this.. Elizabeth forces herself to greet them graciously. BERTIE Sorry. did he? Talking to Hitler. then) Understood. WINSTON CHURCHILL My tenure will be shorter. 110. BERTIE No matter how this turns out. ELIZABETH Mr.yet seriously) I’ve always wanted to be knighted. That would raise too many questions. LIONEL (pause. . if the King fails tonight. BERTIE No. Told you I’d give it back. I wish to thank you. BERTIE Your shilling. fair and square. COSMO LANG Wouldn’t miss this for the world. Your Grace. (to Churchill) Congratulations. Prime Minister. Bertie pins it to Logue’s jacket. For asking such dreadful questions. how kind of you to join us. Bertie and Logue speak privately. Bertie takes something from his pocket.. What can I do in recompense? LIONEL (lighty. Lang and Churchill have entered.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 LIONEL Bloody right. The object is a silver medal.
BBC NEWS READER Good evening. Five. two. perfectly calm. Bertie and Logue stare at each other. It Elizabeth grasps the sides of her chair with white knuckles. The Reader is at a smaller microphone near the ad hoc ‘broadcast booth. LIONEL Do you believe you’re King? A very long pause. seems an eternity. . Bertie. BERTIE 111. During this.. Bertie’s hands begin to shake. His hands grow steady. Lang’s eyes roll heavenward. Several seconds have elapsed since the Reader finished. ready to leap into the breach. totally confident in the man he’s worked with. BERTIE Logue joins The red light on the microphone starts to blink.all the things he’s practiced. Bertie takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly. hope you like it. his throat muscles constrict. the King.. Logue smiles. Lionel old friend. Designed it myself.. His confidence is contagious. the pages of his speech rattle like dry leaves.all the old symptoms reappear. his lips tighten.. this is the BBC National and World programme. the Adam’s apple bulges. Churchill studies the situation.. his throat muscles relax. His Majesty. broadcasting from Buckingham Palace. four.. Oh dear.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT’D) Made from the melted coin. Almost. three. the others. May I call you that? LIONEL My greatest honour. (then) One final question.
if it were to prevail. The boys look at their mum. 88 Unbearable silence. ON RADIO) .. China.. Hitler’s mountain top wolf den. loci around the Commonwealth and Empire. with our allies. sites in India./EXT. the freedom of our own country and of the whole British Commonwealth of Nations would be in danger. a shearing shed in New Zealand. stripped of all disguise. (MORE) . Japan. perhaps the most fateful in our history. The Kremlin. to meet the challenge of a principle which.O.NIGHT OR DAY. This is being listened to by Myrtle and the boys. mines. The South of France (where David and Wallis listen dolefully. which sanctions the use of force. in the selfish pursuit of power. cattle station in Australia. clubs. both at home and overseas. would be fatal to any civilized order in the world. Then: The luminous dial of a wireless.. the address continues. pubs (where we see the man with the rosacea nose). The White House. It is the principle which permits a State. DEPENDING ON LOCATION In homes. Suddenly they explode with cheers as the radio address continues: 89 INT. or threat of force. For we are called.this message spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself. against the sovereignty and independence of other States. prisons. to disregard its treaties and its solemn pledges. hotels. factories.) During this. but no real hesitations. BERTIE (V. Such a principle. BERTIE (V. For the second time in the lives of most of us we are at war. is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right. RADIO FILTER) In this grave hour. and if this principle were established throughout the world. LOGUE’S PARLOUR . I send to every household of my peoples. South Africa. boarding houses.O. MONTAGE OF VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN ENGLAND AND AROUND 89 THE WORLD .TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 88 INT.NIGHT 112.. with dramatic pauses to be sure.
with God’s help. It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home and my peoples across the seas. who will make our cause their own. End the montage with a return to the exterior of Buckingham Palace. 113. it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge. Outside. in his quiet way is totally in command. we shall prevail.O. the faces of England.she can hear it. But we can only do the right as we see the right. and reverently commit our cause to God. BERTIE (V. 91 INT.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (V. ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand. 90 INT. The task will be hard. stalwart and resolved. PAN THEIR FACES.O. There may be dark days ahead. stand solemn crowds. I ask them to stand calm. THE PRINCESSES PLAYROOM . BERTIE (CONT'D) For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear. her father is truly King. then. listening to the speech on loudspeakers. ON RADIO) (CONT'D) But far more than this . Everyone in the room is awed as he concludes: 91 . and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield.NIGHT 90 The two girls listen to their father on the radio. and united in this time of trial. and utterly magnificent. This is the ultimate issue which confronts us. BUCKINGHAM PALACE CONTINUOUS Bertie. and all hopes of settled peace and of the security of justice and liberty among nations would be ended. ON RADIO) If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it. Lilibet’s expression tells it all .the peoples of the world would be kept in the bondage of fear. and of the world’s order and peace. KING’S STUDY/BROADCAST ROOM. firm.
The ultimate compliment. and put your hand into the Hand of God. in my closing words. BBC NEWS READER This concludes the BBC broadcast of the King’s Speech. takes his hand. COSMO LANG I’m speechless. She goes to Bertie and kisses him tenderly on the cheek..Bertie waits for the verdict of his peers. Churchill first: WINSTON CHURCHILL Couldn’t have said it better myself.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 BERTIE (CONT’D) We may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which.” And he replied. The Floor Manager looks to the Reader. and safer than a known way.’” May the Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all. the red light on the microphone goes out.the Manager makes a ‘cut’ gesture to Bertie. then Logue’s.. and the red light on the Reader’s microphone goes on. That shall be to you better than light. “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. He moved me. 114. The Manager points. I would like to say to you: ‘I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year. But by God. . the red light goes out and the transmission is concluded. “Go out into the darkness. Lang next. he’s off the air.. (barely controlling his tears) Not perfect. IN THE AD HOC ‘CONTROL BOOTH’ AREA .. BBC NEWS READER (CONT’D) (softly) He wasn’t perfect. AT THE MAIN BBC MICROPHONE . Another ‘cut’ gesture from the Floor Manager. ELIZABETH (softly) Thank God.
This is a long way from the five pace rule. Bertie takes him by the shoulders and gives him a hug. Bertie. I call you King.LIONEL LOGUE PASSED AWAY SHORTLY AFTER HIS FRIEND BERTIE.. Well done. EVEN IN AUSTRALIA. REFUSING TO LEAVE LONDON DURING THE BLITZ. (for the first time) . She leaves the two men together. LIONEL I always called you Bertie. HIS STORY REMAINS UNKNOWN. HE WAS KNOWN AS 'THE GOOD KING'.TKS/Seidler/09/17/08 ELIZABETH (CONT’D) Well done. UNITING THE COMMONWEALTH. CARD 2 . THE END ..KING GEORGE VI RALLIED HIS NATION DURING WWII. Scroll: CARD 1 . The last barrier has fallen.Lionel.. But instead of taking it.. Well done. Today. 115. He offers his hand. HE DIED ON FEBRUARY 6TH 1952.