Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman is an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedian. She is the author of nine books and writes regularly for Standpoint magazine and Spectator Health.

An Irish-Jewish Journey: Maureen Lipman, Stanley Price
Somewhere to Hang My Hat, Stanley Price’s memoir of Irish-Jewish life, introduces us to a varied cast of characters including his eccentric grandfather, who was once famously asked by a Dublin policeman whether he was “a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew;” his ageing spinster aunts; a wind obsessed rabbi; and with guest appearances from Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Marilyn Monroe. In this session, Maureen Lipman and Stanley Price read from Sta...
Jack the Lad: A Tribute to Jack Rosenthal
Jack Rosenthal, who died in 2004 aged 72, was one of Britain’s best loved screenwriters. Gentle, warm and humorous both in style and character, he has been described as television’s Charles Dickens. Rosenthal penned some of the nation’s favourite dramas, from Barmitzvah Boy to The Evacuees, Coronation Street to London’s Burning, uniquely winning three Baftas back-to-back during the 1970s. Manchester-born and bred, his distinctive writing focus...
Travels in the Third Age
Frank, funny and telling it like it is Maureen Lipman and Irma Kurtz shared their outlooks on the passing of years. Lipman’s Past-it Notes recalls the adventures and misadventures of a career which has spanned more than 40 years and is only getting more interesting -her most recent role involved abseiling down a twenty-foot tree carrying a chainsaw. Following the exploration from Then Again: Travels in Search of My Younger Self, About Time, Kurtz proves herself a fearless investigato...
Maureen’s Monologues
Maureen Lipman has the knack of making the everyday supremely entertaining, the ordinary absurd and unexpected. Her collection of pieces, I Must Collect Myself: Choice Cuts from a Long Shelf-Life, sparkles with her inimitable prose and pithy opinions. Encounters in the street, at the hairdresser, in the dressing room, on her travels at home and abroad, indeed wherever she goes, are sharply observed, joyfully and – at times – ruefully recorded. Here, Maureen gave us a select...
Chaim Bermant Award for Journalism

Maureen Lipman introduces The Chaim Bermant Award for Journalism, produced for Jewish Book Week 2015. The award is presented in memory of the late journalist and author, at once “Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience” and, by his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic.” Contributors are the judges: journalists Miriam Gross, Gerald Jacobs and Geoffrey Paul, with readings by Maureen Lipman.

Jeremy Robson and Maureen Lipman: Blues in the Park

Actress Maureen Lipman joins poet Jeremy Robson in reading from his powerful and witty new collection of poetry – Blues in the Park – described by her as “a marvellous wry observation of the sweet, sour and savoury in life.” Maureen also contributes a few of her own witty monologues. Expect some literary surprises, and badinage à la Lipman…

Comedy Question Time

The ebullient Dan Patterson, co-creator of Mock the Week, presents an evening of irreverent entertainment. Dan and the audience pose the questions. Hugh Dennis, Maureen Lipman, Simon Schama and Sindhu Bee come up with the answers. Will this hotshot comedic crew have the spirit, stamina and chutzpah to outsmart us all?

Maureen Lipman On & Off the Stage

Maureen Lipman is a magnet on stage, drawing all eyes to her. A woman of many gifts, Maureen also has an active professional life offstage as both writer and journalist, and with her entertaining new book of caricatures of the famous, It’s a Jungle Out There, she demonstrates her inventive artistic skills. She talks to broadcaster Sue MacGregor.

Melanie Phillips and Maureen Lipman in conversation

Doyennes of the media and stage, Melanie Phillips and Maureen Lipman, explore their politics, passions, writing, journalism and broadcasting, coinciding with the print publication of Melanie Phillips’ memoir, Guardian Angel, and her first novel, The Legacy.

Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

Acclaimed poet and publisher to the great and good, Jeremy Robson talks about his five decades in publishing, working with such intriguing and diverse figures as Marc Chagall, Ted Hughes (with whom he took a poetry tour of Israel), Joan Collins, Michael Winner, Muhammad Ali, Spike Milligan and Dannie Abse. Jeremy was in lively conversation and readings with his friend and author, the award winning actress Maureen Lipman.