Reel History 2×10 – The King’s Speech

Colin Firth's Oscar Winning performance as King George VI is the focus of this Reel History UK episode

Presented by Hugh K. David and Jenna Pateman, Reel History UK is an informative and engaging podcast exploring the presentation of historical events within pop culture ranging across film and television. Each episode, our hosts focus on a chosen television show or movie property that may be based on or around important historical events. From there, each episode discussion leads to the ultimate decision, is the chosen media property REAL History or REEL History?


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What happens in this episode? 

The latest episode of Reel History UK takes a look at 2010’s The King’s Speech. The film, charting King George VI’s personal battle with a stammering problem, would win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth and Best Director for Tom Hooper.

There’s a lot to cover in this episode! Hugh gets carried away as he tries to get inside the reactions of the local cinema audience when he first saw the film. Jenna, however, helps him back on track when things get a bit too serious or slightly factually incorrect. Other themes and topics covered during the conversation of The King’s Speech include nationalism, national identity, royalty, scandal, appearances and “the war”.


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