Stephen Frears – director of The Queen (2006) which starred Helen Mirren and Michael Sheen has a new movie based on another British monarch, one who’s played by Judi Dench. Also starring Olivia Williams, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon and Tim Pigott-Smith, the story of Victoria & Abdul focuses on Victoria’s unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Dame Judi Dench and the promising humour are all the reason I need to watch. There is however, my desire to see an ageing female monarch take charge of herself and others with aplomb.
Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Manish Dayal are the stars of Viceroy’s House, a Gurinder Chadha directed historical drama set in 1947 and centred around Lord Mountbatten’s part in the partition of India…
This is one for those curious about a dramatisation of what they may not already know about India’s history. Undeniably however, Viceroy’s House is also probably quite ideal for the serious Downton Abbey fans.I suspect as much because of Bonneville and the upstairs / downstairs dynamic between the inhabitants of Viceroy’s literal house.