Tea with the Dames (M)
Four honoured British actresses Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright together on the screen for the first time recount their lives in the spotlight. They are four of the most celebrated women in British film and theatre – but despite their towering reputations they have never been seen on screen together, until now. The actresses spent the weekend being filmed at Dame Joan’s retreat in Sussex as they talked about their experience of being women in theatre in the second half of the 20th century. Dame Maggie says there are roles around for older women in film, but reveals her frustration that Judi always gets there first! ‘These four great dames are friends with a long, shared history, and they often meet up and reminisce. We know them well but usually see them in character. To see these incredibly celebrated women talking naturally together felt like a fresh take.’ - Mark Bell, BBC executive
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