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Will Gompertz | 18:02 UK time, Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The King's Speech which goes on general release on Friday 7 January tells the story of King George VI's friendship with Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue, who helped the monarch's debilitating stutter.

Nine weeks before filming started Lionel Logue's grandson, Mark, who had recently unearthed letters and diaries belonging to his ancestor in a relative's attic, got a call from the film's director asking if he and the actors could come and see the archive.

For them it was a revelation.

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Update, Wednesday 5 January: Here is my report for BBC News bulletins.

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