The movie did great things for awareness of stammering and the stage play, on which the screenplay was very closely based, had the same effect – although, sadly, it closed after a very short run in London’s West End. The story gave stammerers and non-stammerers ‘permission’ to talk to each other about this often embarrassing subject.
King George VI died in 1952 and, whilst we know a lot more today about the causes and treatment of stammering, there is still no cure and, in many parts of the country, the NHS does not provide any speech therapy service for adults.
For an interview with Colin Firth about his role as the King in the film, please go to For more information on The Monster Study, see
If you are in the UK, and want help with your speech, please ring the British Stammering Association helpline on 0845 603 2001 or visit The BSA is the national charity and is run by people who stammer, for the benefit of all those whose lives are affected by stammering.
If you live outside the UK, and want advice about stammering/stuttering – or simply want to learn more – you can still go to or to any of these other leading sites: (International Stuttering Association), (USA), (USA) or
If you like to see an adaptation of this video, spoken in Swedish, please go to