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INITIALLY based on the book These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel released in 2011 made £136 million at the box office and was well received by critics

INITIALLY based on the book These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel released in 2011 made £136 million at the box office and was well received by critics.

With luck, the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel will do just as well, if not better. Sharing the same director - John Madden and screenwriter Ol Parker - as its predecessor, the sequel to this British comedy already seems to have an advantage in that it has the same crew.

Notable names including Harry Potter star Maggie Smith, Skyfall's Judi Dench and Shaun of the Dead actor Bill Nighy reprise their roles as characters we all know and love as we continue from where they first left off.

Some new faces are also set to appear within this impressive line-up such as Pretty Woman star Richard Gere and Tamsin Greig, star of Channel 4's Black Books.

Sonny is about to marry the love of his life, Sunaina, and has found a promising new venue now that his Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful has only one vacancy left, which has led to some tension between two new residents, Guy and Lavinia.

Evelyn and Douglas are wondering if their regular dates will lead anywhere, while Norman and Carol are navigating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship as the date for the traditional Indian wedding draws closer.

John Madden is an English director known mostly for his work on Shakespeare in Love and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the former having won an Oscar for best picture in 1998.

The film will be screened at the Regal in Henley from Thursday.

Lauren Drinkel

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