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Quartet

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A group of retired opera singers get set for their yearly performance

The grey pound is clearly flush, judging by the £8m Brit box office for this quaint comedy set in a home for retired opera singers.

Put that down to Downton Abbey rather than Dustin Hoffman, mind.

Maggie Smith’s diva turn will doubtless amuse fans of Julian Fellowes’ ITV drama, while admirers of the Rain Man star will be left baffled as to why he made his directorial debut with this oh-so-English Ronald Harwood play.

Michael Gambon hams, Tom Courtenay charms and Billy Connolly grates in a ‘you’re never too old’ yarn that’s harmless but creaky.

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