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Christmas dinner at Claridge’s on 4 December – festive double bill

Dear Members,
I am delighted to announce the programme for our Christmas dinner at Claridge’s on 4 December, when in true Christmas TV style we will have a festive double bill.
The BBC singers will start our evening and get us all in the festive spirit. We’ll then be hearing from the super talented, two-time Olivier award winning actress, Ruth Wilson. And, as if that isn’t enough, Ruth will be in conversation with the fabulous, Claudia Winkleman who has agreed to leave behind the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing for the evening and grace our ballroom! And with the Strictly finals just over a week later, she may even have some Strictly gossip for us too!
Ruth Wilson’s latest role as the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter in the eight-part BBC Adaption of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed series of novels His Dark Materials had its global premiere on Sunday night – available now on iPlayer for those that missed it! Sorry… it’s hard to forget the day job!
Last year, Ruth starred in the BBC Drama Mrs Wilson as the title character Alison Wilson – her real-life grandmother. Based on the true story the drama follows Alison, who believes she is happily married to acclaimed author and former MI6 spy, Alexander ‘Alec’ Wilson (Ruth’s grandfather), until he dies unexpectedly in 1963. After his death a visit from a woman claiming to be the real Mrs Wilson leads to her discovering that she is not Alec’s only wife. It’s a profoundly moving story that see’s Alison determined to prove the validity of her own marriage but instead is led into a world of disturbing secrets.
Ruth made her TV debut in 2006 starring as the lead character in, Jane Eyre. After her appearance on the show, Ruth was nominated for a Golden Globe and became a rising star in British Television. She has starred in Agatha Christie’s Marple, Luther, and The Affair – winning a Golden Globe for her role as Alison Lockhart. Her film credits include: Anna Karenina, The Lone Ranger, Locke, and Saving Mr Banks.
As is tradition there will be an increase to the price for this dinner which will be donated to charity, the children’s charity to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. It promises to be a fantastic way to kick start the festive season and I look forward to seeing you all there.
As always, you can book online or write to Clare.
Best wishes,

Kerris Bright
Chair 2019-2020