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GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 17-Jul-12 15:47:53

We're delighted to be supporting the Roses, a series of awards for portrayal of older people's issues in the media. I'm going to be chairing the judges (you can find out about more about the awards here) and we're thrilled that there's going to be a special award, nominated and voted for by gransnetters, for the best older person's character in film and television drama.

So add your thoughts here. And you can nominate in other categories too - details here.

AlisonMA Tue 17-Jul-12 16:07:21

Judi Dench - Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Greatnan Tue 17-Jul-12 16:10:15

Ken Barlow?
Must they still be alive? If not, Thora Hird in Talking Heads by Alan Bennett and John Thaw as Old Tom in a play about an evacuee.

crimson Tue 17-Jul-12 16:38:05

James Bolam for Grandpa in my pocket. Puts superman to shame.

Annobel Tue 17-Jul-12 16:40:53

And he is the best thing in New Tricks too.

Ella46 Tue 17-Jul-12 16:45:52

Judi Dench as M in the Bond films!

AlisonMA Tue 17-Jul-12 16:54:19

Greatnan It was Goodnight Mr Tom, brilliant. We also saw it as play recently which was very good.

tanith Tue 17-Jul-12 17:00:00

Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey as the Dowager Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley I love her in this.

merlotgran Tue 17-Jul-12 17:02:34

I agree, Greatnan, Tom Oakley (Mr Tom) was a great character.

Greatnan Tue 17-Jul-12 17:03:20

Thanks, Alison- I have to admit it had me in tears! I miss John Thaw - I love the repeats of Kavangh QC and Morse.
Yes to Maggie Smith in Downtown.

Annobel Tue 17-Jul-12 17:07:58

Judi Dench - Miss Mattie in Cranford.

merlotgran Tue 17-Jul-12 17:19:22

'Nana' in the Royle Family. grin

Mamie Tue 17-Jul-12 17:34:07

June Whitfield in Absolutely Fabulous.

Mamie Tue 17-Jul-12 17:38:10

OH would like to add Richard Farnsworth in The Straight Story (about a man going across middle America to see his dying brother, travelling on his lawn mower because he has no other transport).

merlotgran Tue 17-Jul-12 17:50:50

Judi Dench, again....Arabella in Tea With Mussolini. I love that film.

Anagram Tue 17-Jul-12 17:56:02

Sadly deceased Blanche in Coronation Street.
Not Ken Barlow - he's a bad example!

Anagram Tue 17-Jul-12 18:26:34

I mean that he sets a bad example, not that he doesn't deserve to be nominated!

JessM Tue 17-Jul-12 18:41:08

Roy Hudd (I think) was great as the lonely old soldier in Call The Midwife. If you are looking for someone "portraying older person's issues"
Also the nun that was suffering from some confusion... Hang on, back in a mo...
was it:
Judy Parfitt as Sister Monica Joan
Yes, she is definitely my nomination. Brilliant portrayal of an intelligent mind that wanders off at times.
Good old wikipaedia.

Anagram Tue 17-Jul-12 18:44:08

She was good, wasn't she?

jack Tue 17-Jul-12 18:53:31

It's got to be Maggie Smith. She was brilliant in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. But then she has been brilliant all her life.

Ariadne Tue 17-Jul-12 18:57:08

Julie Walters!

JessM Tue 17-Jul-12 18:57:23

Got to disagree Jack - can't believe in her when she is supposed to be working class. Thought she was the worst thing about the film.
How about some of the professors in the Harry Potter series.... grin I much preferred Maggie in that role

jack Tue 17-Jul-12 19:09:52

But she's an actress, JessM. And it's wonderful that she can take on so many roles and portray all classes. So she still gets my vote - probably because she has such an amusing face. Did you see her in Tea With Mussolini? Superb. smile

merlotgran Tue 17-Jul-12 20:08:59

I'd like to nominate the whole lot in Tea With Mussolini. What a cast!

glassortwo Tue 17-Jul-12 20:17:14

Judi Dench not for any specific role, she is brilliant.