Until recently—with the release of the Academy Award–winning film, The King's Speech—very few were privy to the true story of George VI. Known as "the reluctant King," he inherited the throne only because his brother Edward VIII abdicated. Shy and suffering from a debilitating stutter, he faced the terrifying prospect of public speaking engagements and radio broadcasts to millions of people—at the dawn of the age of mass media during which a king not only needed to look regal, but sound regal. This revealing documentary follows King George VI's lengthy efforts to overcome his stutter with the help of unorthodox speech therapist Lionel Logue. With extensive archival footage and interviews with Logue's former patients, this program shows how an afflicted but courageous king found his voice and rallied a nation throughout England's darkest hour.
"Sheds new light on the remarkable story that inspired the film."—Daily Mail