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The Oscars are upon us and already, they have been the most talked about Academy Awards for some time.

It’s one film that has got everyone talking and you don’t need me to tell you that the words on everyone’s lips are ‘The Kings Speech’.

On Sunday night we’ll find out whether stars Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffery Rush come out top in their categories and how many of the other nine awards it’s nominated for, this Brit flick will walk away with.

The appeal of the super-successful film lies in its plot, at the heart of which lies an unlikely friendship and a huge (but at the same time very simple) triumph.

After his brother unexpectedly abdicates, King George VI must take the throne of the nation on the brink of war.

George knows he must be a strong figurehead, but there’s one problem – he suffers with a crippling stammer.

His wife, Elizabeth, enlists the help of Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue and, though is methods are unusual, he and the king become firm friends.

In the words of King Colin, it’s a ‘bromance’.

Helped along by the fact that it is also real-life recent royal history, the story has captivated the nation, putting more bums on cinema seats than it ever imagined and bums that come from all walks of life.

For those who left the cinema wanting more (and the few who haven’t seen the film), Channel 4 hopped on the bandwagon on Wednesday with The Real King’s Speech.

This documentary delved further into the story dramatised in Tom Hooper’s film, but in this version, it is Logue who is the star.

With access to letters between him and the King, and interviews with his former patients, it gave an insight into the working relationship between the unorthodox therapist and his royal patient.

It also looked at the methods and techniques Logue employed to ‘cure’ his patients.

Interviewing leading historians about the King, Edward VIII and Elizabeth, later the Queen Mother, it also underlined the vital role of the Queen Mother in helping her husband overcome his disability.

Though, essentially, the documentary is telling us the same story that the film did, it includes extra details that give a more rounded picture.

And fans of the film should watch it, just for the chance to see real footage of the King’s speeches, which this documentary interestingly contrasted with those of George’s brother, the former King Edward VIII, who was regarded as a natural performer.

The Real King’s Speech is available to watch online on 4OD until March 25.