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The public flocked to see British films last year as UK box-office takings passed £1bn for the first time. The British Film Institute, publishing its 10th annual Statistical Yearbook yesterday, hailed 2011 as a year in which "British film thrived".

'King's Speech' tops UK box office

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Firth's stammering monarch is a sh-sh-shoo-in for an Oscar nomination

The Kings Speech (12A)

Starring: Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush

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Billy Elliot dances to Tony joy

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WHEN A change of date for the BellSouth Classic was announced shortly after Tiger Woods won the event last year, the then world No 1 was quick to send his regrets to the organisers: he would not be back to defend the title. It is rare on the US Tour for the immediate past champion not to return the following year, unless there are unavoidable circumstances.

Words: hogo, n.

THE NATION'S examiners will despair when the glorious inaccuracies of Shakespeare in Love lodged in adolescent brains are presented as GCSE fact ("as Shakespeare's lover reached America . . ."). They should bone up on Anthony Burgess's equally vivacious biography, as headlong as its subject but curiously down on the wordplay of Love's Labours Lost.

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