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The actor Sir Patrick Stewart said he was "astonished" to find himself in the company of his childhood heroes Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness in becoming a theatrical knight as he attended Buckingham Palace yesterday.
It all could have been so different. Nick Clegg mouthing off about the "old politics"; David Cameron insisting that it was "time for change" and Gordon Brown urging the electorate to "beam him up" to Number 10. Or perhaps not.
Sir Ian McKellen was crowned the Empire Icon for his long and varied film career at the Jameson Empire Awards 2010.
From boat paintings on the Tamar to Godot in London, here's the pick of the bunch
Who would have thought the 'Enterprise' crew had such interesting back stories? This is illogical but irresistible fun
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Actress, voiceover, producer – Majel Roddenberry has been on board the Starship Enterprise since it took off and married its creator along the way. Andy McSmith reports on her death
<i>Lost</i> creator's film version of cult sci-fi series features punch-ups, stripping – and Captain Kirk in a sex scene
Alexander Courage worked in film and television through five decades, but his best-known work was the theme tune to Star Trek. The astonishingly protean orchestrator could equally be said to be the distinctive "voice" of MGM musicals, as well as of composers as various as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.