Nothing Like a Dame (film)

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Nothing Like a Dame
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Directed byRoger Michell
Produced byKaren Steyn[1]
CinematographyEben Bolter[1]
Edited byJoanna Crickmay[1]
  • Field Day Films
  • Kew Media Group[1]
Distributed byPicturehouse Entertainment
Release date
  • 2 May 2018 (2018-05-02) (United Kingdom)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom[2]

Nothing Like a Dame (released in the United States as Tea With the Dames) is a 2018 British documentary film directed by Roger Michell. The film documents conversations between actresses Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith interspersed with scenes from their careers on film and stage.


Nothing Like a Dame was released in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2018.[3][4] The film was shown on television in the United Kingdom a few weeks after its initial theatrical release.[2]


Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film a five out of five star rating, declaring it an "outrageously funny film".[5] Guy Lodge of Variety called the film a "richly enjoyable gabfest" but that the film was "hardly vital cinema".[2]

Both Bradshaw and Lodge noted that they wish the film went through a wider range of topics such as Time's Up and the Me Too movements.[2][5]


  1. ^ a b c d Felperin, Leslie. "'Tea With the Dames': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Lodge, Guy (21 September 2018). "Film Review: 'Tea With the Dames'". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Singh, Anita (12 April 2018). "Nothing Like A Dame trailer: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Joan Plowright together on film". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Saunders, Tristram Fane (12 April 2018). "Nothing Like a Dame review: Mess with Maggie Smith at your peril". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Bradshaw, Peter (26 April 2018). "Nothing Like a Dame review – Judi Dench and Maggie Smith trade brutal banter". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 December 2018.

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