The Lady In The Van. Image shows from L to R: Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). Copyright: BBC Films
The Lady In The Van

The Lady In The Van

  • 2015 film

The Lady In The Van is a drama based on real events, about a vagrant who the playwright Alan Bennett allowed to park her van in his driveway, where she lived for fifteen years. Also features Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam and more.

The Lady In The Van. Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith). Copyright: BBC Films

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2015
Stars
Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Deborah Findlay, Gwen Taylor, Pandora Colin and more
Writer
Alan Bennett
Directors
Nicholas Hytner and Nige Watson
Producers
Nicholas Hytner, Damian Jones, Kevin Loader, Miles Ketley, Charles Moore, Christine Langan and Ed Wethered
Companies

A mostly true story.

Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Alan Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Secretive, crotchety and nervous, her presence was soon felt not just by Alan but by all of those who knew him. What began as a begrudged favour became a relationship that would change both their lives.

Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd actually lived.

Additional details

UK certificate
12A
Duration
104 minutes
UK release
Friday 13th November 2015
Distributors

Columbia Pictures

Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 18th December 2021 at 9:00pm on BBC4
  • Monday 14th December 2020 at 9:00pm on BBC4
  • Monday 29th June 2020 at 10:00pm on BBC4

Recording details

  • Gloucester Crescent (Camden)

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