Monday, December 30, 2013
In praise of Dame Angela Lansbury
We seem to have run out of Liberal Democrat MPs to knight, so let me take a moment to congratulate Angela Lansbury on her honour.
She is the granddaughter of the Labour leader George Lansbury and also a kinswoman of the great Oliver Postgate and the Australian politician Malcolm Turnbull.
I am not a great fan of Murder She Wrote. I mean, how many nephews can one woman have? And how come they are always being unjustly accused of murder? There's no smoke without fire. That's what I say.
No, if you want to see Angela Lansbury at her best, try to catch her as Em, leader of a dance-hall troupe, in The Harvey Girls.
Or see you can see her on the London stage next year. At the age of 88 she will be playing Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.