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There is nothing like a DAME

Gyles Brandreth celebrated his upcoming 75th birthday by hosting a special party at the London Palladium on Sunday with 11 dames.

The broadcaster, 74, arranged GOSH! It's Gyles & Judi & All The Dames! with his friend Dame Judi Dench.

They were joined by Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Floella Benjamin, Dame Sheila Hancock, Dame Twiggy Lawson, Dame Maureen Lipman, Dame Joanna Lumley, Dame Sian Phillips and many more.

Gyles told hilarious and revealing stories of all the great Dames he has been lucky enough to know – from Dame Olivia de Havilland to Dame Barbara Windsor.

He invited the great theatrical dames of our time on stage to share their favourite stories and treat the audience to their favourite party pieces.

All the proceeds of the night were collected for GOSH: the Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity.

The biggest surprise of the night was when Dame Joan Collins arrived at the end of the event to read a poem honouring the children of Great Ormond Street.

Dame Maureen gave her own poem, dedicated to her fellow dames, which blasted the BBC as 'snobbish' and anti-working class.

The event comes after one of its participants, Dame Sheila claimed a Celebrity Gogglebox boss got 'quite angry' with her before she was sacked from the Channel 4 programme.

The actress, 90, recently announced she had been axed from the reality show after being left 'deeply shocked' by some of the racier programmes on the agenda.

Having joined in 2019 alongside Gyles, Sheila did not return for a second series and was replaced by Dame Maureen Lipman, 76, whose place was then taken by Dame Joanna Lumley, 76, and later Carol Vorderman, 61.

She had complained about the amount of nudity that was required of her to watch, however has alleged a member of the Gogglebox team was not very understanding.

Gogglebox, produced by Studio Lambert, sees groups of friends and families watch the previous week's TV shows and regularly features scenes from the controversial dating show, Naked Attraction.


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