George III – The Genius of the Mad King review: politics, science and Weymouth – The Guardian

It is rare that I have any advice to offer makers of historical documentaries, but here goes: if you’re looking to inject a sense of drama into a narrative conjured from old documents, don’t rely on the Queen to do it for you. During Her Majesty’s brief appearances in George III – The Genius of the Mad King (BBC2), she nodded and occasionally smiled a little when being shown one of George’s schoolboy essays, but all the while her eyes seemed to be saying: “Yeah, yeah, whatever.” Perhaps she was put off by the proximity of BBC cameras, or maybe she was thinking about lunch. You couldn’t tell.

Not that her inscrutable presence isn’t a vital part of proceedings. As you may have read, George III’s papers – documents, letters, to-do lists, everything – are being made public for the first time, online, to anyone, with the gracious blessings of Elizabeth R. “This…

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