Why we’ll be watching ‘Dame Judi Dench: A passion for trees’
They say you should never meet your heroes. They’re wrong. On BBC 1 at 8pm tomorrow night (December 20 2017), Dame Judi Dench shares her love for trees in an hour-long documentary. We’ll be tuning in – not least because we filmed Dame Judi in her secret back garden memorial woodland in 2014, on behalf of the Woodland Trust. She made us cups of tea in her kitchen. We fell a little bit further in love with her…
Our film was part of a broader campaign inviting members of the public to stand with the Woodland Trust and give money to create the Centenary Woods, four ever-growing memorials (one in each home nation) standing tall for all those who fell in the First World War. As patron of The Woodland Trust, Dame Judi Dench was more than happy to lend her voice to the campaign, and she was every bit as wonderful and gracious as you’d hope.
In her documentary tomorrow night, she spends a year working alongside Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, to learn more about the magic of trees – their annual life cycles, and how they send messages, food and water to each other via vast underground networks. It sounds utterly compelling – we can’t wait.
Dame Judi Dench: A passion for trees, 8pm BBC1, 20 December 2017