The "Oldie" Awards

Tea Time Tidbit for the week of March 4, 2019

The annual Academy Award ceremonies might get all the attention, but there’s a way smaller award presentation that takes place every year in London around the same time that sounds like equally good viewing. It’s certainly a lot shorter!

The Oldie of the Year Awards – better known as the TOOTYs – is a lunchtime ceremony held at the end of January celebrating “the best of the older generation.” As announced by its host Gyles Brandreth, it salutes those who “bring joy into our lives” and who “still have snap in their celery”!

Many of the award recipients over the years are familiar faces to Afternoon Tea viewers.

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Peter Bowles and Penelope Keith
in To the Manor Born

This year’s Oldie Silver Screen Stars of the Year award, for instance, went to the 85-year-old widow of John Thaw (Inspector Morse), and beloved British actress, Sheila Hancock. To the Manor Born’s Peter Bowles, who is now 82-years-old, shared in the award.

When asked how he felt about the honor, Bowles quipped “What's so wonderful about this is that it's so quintessentially Oldie. As an actor, you get an award not for your role, but for getting a job at all."

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Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench
in As Time Goes By

Last year the ceremony’s top award, known as the Oldie of the Year Award, went to Geoffrey Palmer. It was presented by Palmer’s As Time Goes By co-star, Dame Judi Dench, who dubbed the then 90-year-old Palmer “the naughtiest man I have ever worked with”, and joked that she wished she was presenting him with the “most promising newcomer” prize instead.

The ceremony, which is always held at Simpsons-in-the-Strand, one of London’s oldest restaurants, is sponsored by The Oldie magazine, which describes itself “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity.”

Watch highlights of the 2019 award ceremony here:

As Time Goes By will resume on Monday, March 11th along with the rest of our Afternoon Tea line-up of programs.

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