Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees

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Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees
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Review

Britain’s best-loved actress has always loved trees – and in fact she plants a new one to remember people she has loved who have died. But in this touching and life-affirming documentary she takes us around her memorial haven in Surrey and investigates the science of her passion with the help of her “chap” (her partner of seven years, wildlife enthusiast David Mills) and various specialists.

This helps us see another side to this Oscar-winning performer while learning lots about these noblest of fauna, not least the fact that they can communicate with each other and also fight off predatory aphids and even deer with some rather clever tricks.

Dame Judi is nothing if not an enthusiastic listener – everything seems to be “fantastic” and “wonderful”. It’s the kind of gush that could grate, but somehow, with her, it just grows on you rather beautifully.

Summary

The actress meets experts and historians to discover how embedded trees are in Britain's history and how important they are to its future. Filmed over the course of a year, this programme offers a study of the changing seasons and their effect on Surrey, the most wooded county in Britain, which Judi has called home for the last 30 years.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Judi Dench
Director Harvey Lilley
Editor Sally Yeadon
Executive Producer Anthony Geffen
Producer James Manisty
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