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Oscar-winner Judi plays a courageous but eccentric wartime widow who revamps a Soho theatre, where she devises a show featuring naked girls. The saucy production only gets round the censors if the dancers stand completely still in an artistic tableau. Her pairing with Bob's character - the rough-diamond impresario she hires to run the place - has won over film critics.
The performance of former pop idol Will Young, who has a role as a camp singer called Bertie, has also been applauded.
Like her indomitable screen persona, the 71-year-old appears to have no plans to lead a quieter life. Questions over whether she is headed for retirement clearly irritate the veteran actress. "I say, 'Slow down?' What for? Tell me that," she fumes. "What is it exactly I should be slowing down for? But people go on asking me all the time."
Since losing her husband, actor Michael Williams, to cancer in 2001 the actress has been resolutely single. The Mrs Brown star gave a hint romance is not entirely off the agenda, however, as she has recently been courted by a much younger man. "He gave me some beautiful earrings, but he was half my age. Charming, absolutely charming."