Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tea with the Dames

While they weren't huge belly laughs, myself and R and the audience constantly giggled and laughed through most of the movie Tea with the Dames. It was very enjoyable and I've never known time when watching a movie to fly past so fast. Ok, it was a short movie.

It is not a movie as such, but more of a documentary about four English actors who have been granted Damehoods for their services to their crafts. They meet for a catch up every so often and this time it was filmed.

Everybody probably knows Dame Judi Dench. I adore her and I have seen her many tv shows and films over many years. Her late husband, Michael Williams, was also an actor. She is on the far right in the video still below.

Far left is Dame Maggie Smith, best known in recent years for Downton Manor and I believe Harry Potter.

Standing on the left we have not only a Dame but a Lady as well, Dame Joan Plowright, once Lady Olivier, wife of Sir Laurence Olivier. I remember her best in a movie from years ago called Drowning by Numbers, where three generations of women killed off their husbands. Somewhere Baroness comes into her titles too.

The last, standing on the right was not know to me at all by name. However, as soon as I saw Dame Eileen Atkins, I recognised her as the actor who plays Doc Martin's aunt in Doc Martin. She has been in many other shows too.

If you have the chance to see it, do so and I doubt you will regret it. Unlike many trailers, this one does not give much away.

30 comments:

  1. My non movie going self has been tempted by this one. The reviews are excellent - as are the Dames.

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    1. EC, and it is not overly long either.

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  2. Anonymous8:44 am

    I must seek this out. Judi asked her husband if she should play M in the Bond films and he encouraged her,' go on be a Bond girl.' Maggie has never watched Downton but has the box set. Eileen was a co-creator of Upstairs Downstairs but couldn't play the part of Rose because of stage commitments. - Ian

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    1. Ian, I had heard the Bond girl one before. It was very funny about the box set of Downton. Eileen would have been a perfect Rose, not that the one who landed the role wasn't.

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  3. This looks like something I would enjoy. :)

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    1. Snoskred, I am sure you would.

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  4. Now they would be a scream to watch :)
    I do like each of those ladies.

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    1. Margaret, they are so clever and so witty.

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  5. Thank you! Joe and I have membership that covers all the Palace Cinemas. And when we go to one film, Palace always shows the trailers for all its other very special films. I thought Tea with the Dames looked excellent.

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    1. Hels, most comfortable seats at the Kino :-)

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  6. Crikey Andrew .... Mum thanks you for the review. She LOVES Judi Dench and those other sheilas too. Looks like I get left home alone again whilst she goes to the movies. Thanks for nothing, mate??

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    1. Sorry Charlie, but I think your Mum will be in a very happy mood after seeing the movie.

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  7. A great set of Dames; who couldn't love them.

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    1. Cro, they are delightful.

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  8. This is on my list of movies to see, all I need is a day where nothing else is scheduled so I can get to the nearest cinema. Or wait until the DVD is released and buy it. I'm sure you meant to say Downton Abbey not Downton Manor.

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    1. River, yes, I got that wrong. Someone we know lives in a street called Downton and we call their house Downton Manor.

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  9. All great actresses! Will have to go the movies.

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    1. Sami, it is a fun movie. Do so.

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  10. Love all four! I hardly ever go to the movies these days, must make more of an effort!

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    1. Grace, I think you should try to fit it into your crowded days.

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  11. Love these chickybabes, the movie appeals greatly!

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    1. Well worth the effort, Jayne.

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  12. Chickybabes! I'm currently re-watching my DVDs of All Together Now (Jon English) with the sleazy character Wayne Lovatt who calls all women chickybabe.

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    1. Damn, my secret identity is out!

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  13. Yes, I intend watching it one of these days/nights.

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    1. Lee, do so. It is a feel good movie.

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  14. It's cute and I enjoy such times, when I find them, laughing with people I've known many years and being off color with jokes, once older, who cares.

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    1. Strayer, being older does give a little licence that younger people don't have.

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