Yes, you read that headline right. There’s a two day celebration of Angela Lansbury — Jessica Fletcher herself — over the weekend of 5-6 April in Poplar, where the Dame’s grandfather was an MP*. She’s picked the films and introduces a free screening of underrated classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks on the Sunday, her day off from appearing in Blithe Spirit.
On Saturday you should head to Spotlight in Hay Currie Street to catch 1940s films The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gaslight, plus The Company of Wolves from 1984 and Miss Marple mystery The Mirror Crack’d from 1980. On Sunday there are free screenings of Nanny McPhee and Bedknobs and Broomsticks at Chrisp Street Market — more tickets for Bedknobs and Broomsticks are released at 12.30pm today (Tuesday).
*Contrary to local belief, Dame Angela recently clarified that she didn’t grow up in Poplar, saying she was born and brought up in Regent’s Park instead.
Tickets for screenings on Saturday cost £7 + booking fee. For more information see the Angela Lansbury Film Festival website.