Another understated treat from this increasingly reliable short-drama strand. Once again, the cast is impressive (Stephen Graham and Vanessa Redgrave, together at last!) but this never feels remotely like a star vehicle – for all their pedigree, the actors are, quite rightly, the humble servants of the script and scenario.
Graham is Len, a policeman on night patrol with partner Vic. A series of encounters with lonely old ladies leads to a nicely judged meditation on ageing, loneliness and communal responsibility. As usual, Graham is superb as a sensitive soul trapped in a blockishly masculine body – the resulting film is short but sweet, a reminder that good things often come in small packages.
Tales On Moon Lane Children's Bookshop
Just a stone's throw from Herne Hill station, Tales On Moon Lane is easy to find and even easier to spot given its delightful exterior, which is beautifully painted to resemble a circus tent. This lovely local bookshop was founded by Tamara Macfarlane in 2003 and has since provided the tots, toddlers and young adults of southeast London with practical picture books and rad reads. Regular events are held instore, too, including storytelling sessions, reading and writing classes, literary festivals and half-term activities. Check their website to see what they have coming up.
Venue says: “Thursday May 25: New York Times bestselling author Andrea Beaty visits for in-store signing! Please visit our website for further details.”