Best of British a joy to watch despite trite plot - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG)

A DELICIOUS gathering of UK acting talent meets up at the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur. Britain, it appears, is outsourcing old age to India. 

Recent widower Evelyn (Dench) finds her inheritance beset by debts; Muriel (Smith) is a prejudiced grouch who has recently undergone hip surgery; Douglas (Nighy) and Jean (Wilton) are a married couple whose retirement income doesn’t stretch to their desired living standards. Graham (Wilkinson) has his own connections to India, which he is seeking to resolve.  

Madge (Imrie) is a good time girl, intent on snaring a suitably rich partner. She’s the one to join the local country club where she runs into fellow resident of the Marigold, Norman (Pickup), who is desperate for some snogging. He’s still got what it takes, apparently, but no-one wants it.

This cosily British entourage finds the imagined paradise in Jaipur a rather derelict affair. The manager Sonny (Patel) is trying