Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Flash Fiction: Hyde Park on Hudson

Stewart Derry provides this week's Flash Fiction; a piece which goes with the period drama Hyde Park on Hudson.

To be, or not to be: that is the question.

After his surprise Oscar winning turn in The King’s Speech, King George VI returns in the movie, Hyde Park on Hudson. Hoorah! This time our beloved Bertie shares the billing with the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

With the war clouds gathering over Europe, the stage is set for a diplomatic meeting with Bertie’s American cousins. They meet at the presidential home - Hyde Park on Hudson (Dutchess County, New York). Over a long weekend they swop stories, sip cocktails, sample hot dogs and attempt to forge a very special relationship between the two nations.

Unfortunately the president is pre-occupied with a number of other pressing matters, including that of his charming and very attractive cousin, Margaret “Daisy” Suckley.

Can Bertie summon all his royal patience, charm and powers of persuasion to win the day? Will the weekend end with a bang or a whimper? One thing is for sure: the summer of 1939 will be their happiest season for many years to come.

Make yourself comfortable; have your tissues to hand; enjoy one of the things we Brits do best - a great costume drama!

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