TV special, BBC One, December 20, 8pm-9pm
Dame Judi Dench is one of Britain’s best-loved actresses. However, apart from stage and screen, the Oscar-winning actress has another great passion – a deep love for trees.
This one-hour special, filmed during the course of a year, is a study of the changing seasons and their effect on Judi’s own secret woodland at her home in Surrey.
Judi has long been fascinated with trees, sharing her passion for them with her late husband, the actor Michael Williams.
Together they nurtured their woodland at their home and for the past seven years, she has continued to care for her grove with her close companion, wildlife enthusiast David Mills.
Throughout this time, Judi has planted trees for friends and family who have passed away.
This film follows Judi’s journey through the seasons and her mission to understand her woodland’s vital role in our history and our future.
Secret lives of trees
With the help of tree scientists and historians, Judi unlocks the remarkable secret lives of trees and the stories that they tell us.
Through amazing research, we learn more about how trees can communicate and contribute to the forest, sharing resources with seedlings or the vulnerable.
It’s confirmation for Judi that there’s so much more to the trees she loves: they are a real community that helps each other, humans and the planet.