Director Tom Hooper on The King's Speech

The King’s Speech goes on general release today. Its score is by film composer of the moment Alexandre Desplat, whose previous credits include Harry Potter and the Twilight series.

John Suchet has been featuring The King’s Speech soundtrack as his CD of the Week, and now we’re giving you the chance to hear an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Tom Hooper.

Hooper, whose last film was The Damned United - the biopic of football manager Brian Clough - directs an all-star cast. Colin Firth plays George VI, Helena Bonham Carter is the Queen Mother and Geoffrey Rush plays Lionel Logue,  the Australian speech therapist who helps the King cope with his stammer.

Tom tells Classic FM he tried to give a truthful and accurate portrayal of the Royal Family:

“It was always in my mind that this was a film about the Queen's father and that the Queen might sit down one day and slip on a DVD. And I wanted her to feel that we had approached her father's story with care.”

Listen to the interview now