For more than 200 years the coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex have perched on a clifftop overlooking the English Channel.
Built just after the Napoleonic era the cottages attract millions of visitors each year and are known the world over after featuring in countless feature films, pop videos and TV programmes.
They are also currently featured on a Royal Mail 1st class stamp.
But the homes are under threat from rising coastal erosion and, despite the construction of a sea wall 80 years ago, the buildings are slowly being undermined by the sea.
OK, maybe save them with a new sea wall, maybe not. Depends really:
Dame Judi, who filmed Blithe Spirit at Cuckmere Haven last year (2020), said: “It is the one place I know that if you were to sum up the essence of our country I would have no doubt in recommending it to other people. At all costs it must be preserved.”
No, clearly not. If it costs £10 then why the hell not? If £10 billion well, probably cheaper to unbuild the place, haul it inland 300 yards and rebuild it. That’ll last a century or three, right?
Although, of course, that’s not quite what Dame Judy means. She means at any amount of other peoples’ money. Given the pay rates for famed actresses she could take on one extra role in a year and pay for the entire thing herself – which she isn’t doing, is she?