and of course we long remember her in ORANGES ARE NOT THE ONLY FRUIT, that ground-breaking tv drama, for which she won a BAFTA as the religious mother of a lesbian daughter, and more recently THE MAGDALENE SISTERS where she was that terrifying mother superior, and I loved her witch in the Kevin Costner ROBIN HOOD in 1991. I did not care for her MISS MARPLE series though, they were dreadful versions of the originals, over-stuffed with cameo roles, but McEwan had a long career on stage (playing with the likes of Olivier, Richardson, Gielgud, and in the first production of Joe Orton's LOOT with Kenneth Williams, that must have been a scream) and television, with plays like A FLEA IN HIS EAR and THE DANCE OF DEATH - Mrs Proudie in THE BARCHESTER CHRONICLES was TV another success, she also did THE PRIME OF MISS BRODIE on television. Geraldine excelled in high comedy as well as deep drama and could "purr like a kitten or snap like a viper". She was as individual as Maggie Smith or Joan Greenwood (there is no higher praise) and she also played Lady Bellaston (as Joan did in TOM JONES) in a later adaptation of the Henry Fielding novel. I would love to have seen her Judith Bliss, Lady Teazle or Millamant on stage. Au Reservoir indeed!
Lotte Hass (1928-2015), aged 86. Back in the 1950s Hans and Lotte Hass were popular chroniclers of animal wildlife on television nature programmes - a rarity then, like Armand and Michaela Dennis chronicling African wildlife or Jacques Costeau's underwater explorations. Hans and Lotte were also diving underwater as Lotte photographed sharks and other wildlife, quite risky sometimes. Lotte's looks were a plus for their popular shows as they filmed at the Red Sea, being the first to capture footage of mantra rays and other exotic (then) underwater denizens.