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