How Mad Was King George?

About the Show

The reputation of King George III of England as a foolish madman often overshadows his achievements and qualities as a monarch. As the first exhibition to focus on this much-maligned king opens at Buckingham Palace, this programme reveals a very different side to a remarkable monarch. In fact, King George was a major patron of the arts and sciences, and today his collections of art and books constitute a major part of Britain's cultural heritage. His success in anchoring the monarchy despite the ever-present threat of revolution, had a profound impact on the future of Britain. New revelations from diaries and letters, and interviews with experts - including his descendent, the Prince of Wales - examine why history paints him as a fool, and whether it is right to do so.