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

2015 British comedy film about an old woman with a secret. Stars Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam and others.

On TV on Monday 14th December at 9pm on BBC4

The Lady In The Van

The Lady In The Van

Two-time Oscar winner and star of Downton Abbey, Dame Maggie Smith, recreates one of her most celebrated roles - the singular Miss Shepherd - in The Lady In The Van, Alan Bennett's big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honoured stage play.

Based on the true story, Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who "temporarily" parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. 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 lived for all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett to bring this funny, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen.

First released: Monday 7th March 2016

  • Distributor: Sony Pictures
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 104
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Polish, English

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  • Distributor: Sony Pictures
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 104
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Polish, English

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  • Released: Wednesday 4th January 2017
  • Distributor: BBC Worldwide
  • Minutes: 99