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Stammering, Garry Kasparov, Tannhauser, Amy Sackville

Anne McElvoy discusses stammering, the subject of the award-winning film The King's Speech, in which Colin Firth acts out King George VI's struggle with his speech impediment.

Anne McElvoy discusses stammering, the subject of the award-winning film The Kings Speech, in which Colin Firth acts out King George VI's struggle with his speech impediment. Novelist Margaret Drabble and Norbert Lieckfeldt, Head of the British Stammering Association, explore the history of the stammer and whether public attitudes to the disability have changed since King George made that important speech to the nation on 3 September 1939, at the outbreak of war.

Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov talks about life after chess and how the game has influenced his political career.

John Deathridge reviews the new Royal Opera House production of Wagner's Tannhauser, broadcast on Radio 3 on Christmas Day.

And as part of our week of interviews with young literary prize winners, Anne is joined by Amy Sackville, author of The Still Point, about a woman whose husband disappears during a Victorian Arctic expedition and her great-great-niece, whose own relationship hangs in the balance. The Still Point recently won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

Producer: Tim Prosser.

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