It seems Judi Dench just can’t leave the Cats film behind her. A new video posted on Twitter shows her once again channelling her inner-feline, as she delivers a message on the importance of washing our hands during the coronavirus crisis.
And if that wasn’t weird enough, the whole thing is done with Gyles Brandreth. Together the pair of them are seen lathering up their hands with soap, while seductively reciting The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. Taking a line of the rhyme each, the pair look into the camera with what can only be described as come-to-bed eyes, as they do their bit to raise awareness of the importance of good hygiene.
As it comes to a close, Brandreth delivers the line “What a beautiful pussy you are”, and Dench begins to nuzzle her head into Brandreth’s shoulder – cat-like – while purring. Brandreth is then heard to say: “Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and you too will get the purr of satisfaction.” He continues: “A purr of good health too”, before telling Dench what a “lovely pussy” she is.
Tabard can’t lie. It’s all a bit creepy, but also something impossible to turn away from. Something you know you shouldn’t be watching, but just can’t turn off.
Still, it’s good to see the pair of them doing their bit to remind people of their hygiene responsibilities during this trying time. Tabard can’t help but wonder what happened when the camera stopped rolling…
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