August 28th, 2015       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

They are the finest actors of their generation, dominating stage and screen for fans of a certain age. BBC Four is to harness the artistic might of Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Caine, and Dame Maggie Smith for a new season starring Britain’s “theatrical knights and dames”. The BBC will delve into its own archives for the best bits of Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Judi Dench, featuring interviews and performances from their heyday. The programme will go out over two one-hour episodes, to showcase the best of British drama. It is expected to include clips from stage, film and television, as well as the most candid interviews of their careers. A spokesman for the channel said: “Recognised by royal decree for their extraordinary achievements on the stage, many of our finest acting Knights and Dames have displayed their talents regularly on BBC Television throughout their careers and have helped earn Britain an enviable reputation as a superpower in the theatrical world.”