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The King’s Speech

It’s a story made for Hollywood: one shy younger prince, another playboy-like elder brother. Throw in a social climbing American divorcee, an abdication crisis and a war that would test a nation and its reluctant new monarch to the edge, it’s not difficult to see how The King’s Speech won this year’s Best Film Oscar.

Firth’s moving portrayal of the relatively untold story of one man, George IV (Bertie), trapped not just by his own stammer, but also by accident of birth in his attempts to overcome his speech impediment and win the affections of an Empire he was never supposed to rule.

The film appears to have avoided much of the temptation for Hollywood dramatisation to recreate for the most part an accurate and moving portrayal of one of the most remarkable and forgotten episodes of British history, a story that, in itself, is worth an Oscar.