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My film family's greatest hits - Gareth Neame

Features | By Gareth Neame

Petrifying: Maggie Smith in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969). Directed by Ronald Neame, it features Gareth, his grandson

Downton Abbey producer Gareth Neame follows in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandmother, a silent-movie star

At he Royal Command Performance of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1969, my late grandfather Ronald Neame (1911-2010) was admonished by the Duke of Edinburgh. As the film’s director, he had been instructed only hours earlier to cut a scene deemed to be unsuitable. The scene in question involved the actor Robert Stephens, in the role of art master Teddy Lloyd, and three of Miss Brodie’s girls admiring a sketch of a nude male torso. It wasn’t the image that was thought inappropriate, but Stephens’s dialogue which involved the words ‘pectoral muscles’. ...

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