The stars come out to praise acting legend Dame Judi Dench

2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of Judi Dench’s professional debut, in Hamlet at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.

‘Has talent,’ said one slightly sniffy review of the time. This tribute to Dame Judi gathers accolades from the worlds of TV, theatre and film, from the likes of Billy Connolly, Daniel Craig and Samantha Bond.

In fact it’s a great day for Dench fans, with book-lovers’ romance 84 Charing Cross Road, co-starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft, kicking things off at noon.

Ladies in Lavender, co-starring fellow dame Maggie Smith, follows at 1.35pm, then at 6.30pm there’s another showing of a Christmas treat from 2014, Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.