King of Ballooning based on the true adventures of JAMES SADLER, an 18th century pioneer of flight based on original research by JANE BROWNE/ MARIANNE RICHARDS
King George III ascends the throne at the dawn of the age of science, an age of wonderful inventions and marvellous discoveries, yet blighted by medieval belief, poverty and disease. These are dangerous time, when poor Artisans striving to improve themselves face a powerful, wealthy Establishment determined to cling to power. Revolutionaries stalk the streets, hoping arson and bombing will resolve social problems, ruining their inheritance and terrifying neighbours. Against this harsh backcloth, Oxford Cook JAMES SADLER pursues a dream of man-made flight. This means studying chemistry at the University, a snobbish establishment of Aristocratic students, where even rich Merchants are not awarded a Degree after their studies. When James meets King's Physician GEORGE FORDYCE he is given a rare opportunity. This means leaving fiancee, MARY VANE, to live in London for several years. But with profits small and the Workhouse looming, Mary agonizes over marrying a wealthy suitor to support her family or waiting for James. A momentous invention adds to the difficulties. The Montgolfiere Brothers exhibit a balloon which James correctly realizes is a precursor to flight. Soon, King George, an enthusiastic supporter of science, sets a challenge - a prize for the first to cross the Channel by balloon. Pressured by the King, harried by terrified Mary, James' plans comes to ears of the ruthless Grey Men. Can he win against the odds? Is it possible to bridge love and ambition? A murderous attack on best friend MATTHEW DART sees James' life descend into chaos - and the history books.
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