This evening movie royalty came to the capital with the UK Premiere of Stephen Frears’ Victoria & Abdul. The film sees Dame Judi Dench reclaim her throne as the definitive cinematic Queen Victoria, following her moving turn in the role for John Madden’s Mrs. Brown.

Written by Lee Hall, Victoria and Abdul also stars Ali Fazal, Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams, Fenella Woolgar.

Colin Hart and Scott Davis were on hand to interview the cast and writer including a question with Line of Duty’s Paul Higgins about starring in Karen Gillan’s directorial debut The Party’s Just Beginning (previously titled Tupperware).

Here are our interviews,


Victoria and Abdul hits cinemas September 15

Victoria and Abdul


Victoria and Abdul

Victoria and Abdul Official Synopsis

The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.