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Tuesday 26th June 2012
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A bit of silver screen glamour arrives in the House of Lords today with Beeban Kidron due to be introduced. She directed the acclaimed BBC series Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit and the film Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and was once described by The Guardian as "a one-woman brass band - all eyebrows and fiery gestures and sudden changes in tempo and delivery", which should liven up debates in the Upper House. Baroness Kidron will sit as a crossbencher. Earlier this month she was awarded an OBE for her work with Filmclub, the charity she co-founded in 2008. It is already one of the largest after-school clubs in the UK, attracting over 160,000 children every week. She joins other film grandees Lord Attenborough, Lord Puttnam and Lord Fellowes on the red benches.