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A night to remember for Colin Firth – a night to forget for Ricky Gervais

As one British star used the Golden Globes to bolster his reputation for charm and dignity, another was intent on pricking as many egos as possible.

Tearful Colin Firth awarded Hollywood star

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Culture Club: Readers review The King's Speech

Readers review this week's big film

Culture Club: The King's Speech

This week's Culture Club focusses on Tom Hooper's latest movie, The King's Speech. How do you feel Colin Firth rates as the stammering King George VI? Leave your thoughts on the movie below.

The King's Speech (12A): The IoS review

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