Tea with the Dames doesn’t sound like much: four older women sitting down for tea and a chat. When those ladies turn out to be the cream of England’s acting elite, the whole thing sounds a lot more exciting. Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith are all Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Now in their eighties, they meet quite regularly for afternoon tea. Oh, to be a to be a fly on that sandwichMäuschen seinfly on that sandwich! Luckily for us, Notting Hill director Roger Michell was allowed to be that fly, and the result is an informal portrait of four blazinglyhier: auffallendblazingly intelligent and funny women. As they share private memories and public successes, viewers are left helpless with admirationBewunderungadmiration — and laughter. In fact, anything stronger than tea might be a bit much. Starts 25 April.
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