Viewers left enchanted by Dame Judi Dench’s passion for trees
The acclaimed actress shared her love of the natural world with the nation in a special documentary.
Television viewers have been left enchanted by Dame Judi Dench’s expose of trees in a one-off documentary, Judi Dench: My Passion for Trees.
The acclaimed actress took viewers on a journey exploring the history and science of trees, which she described as a lifelong passion.
She introduced fans to her sprawling wooded garden in Surrey – where she planted a yew tree in memory of her friend and fellow actor Robert Hardy – met forest experts and looked into the impact of nature on the works of Shakespeare, during the hour-long BBC One feature on Wednesday.
"My life now is just trees. Trees and… um… and champagne."— BBC One (@BBCOne) December 20, 2017
Life goals. ✊
Dame Judi, 83, recently said of the programme: “I’d love to know more about my trees, I don’t know much about them – I just know that I love them.
“It’s mind-blowing. It’s wonderful and very exciting. I don’t know how I lived so long without knowing more about my passion, but I know now.’
“I’ve even turned my six acre garden into a secret woodland, and I see my trees as my extended family. My life now is just trees. Trees and champagne.”
Her enthusiasm proved to be infectious, with one viewer commenting over Twitter: “Never thought watching Judi Dench coo over trees for an hour would provide such televisual delight #MyPassionForTrees.”
Never thought watching Judi Dench coo over trees for an hour would provide such televisual delight #MyPassionForTrees— Dr Alex Gates #peoplesvote (@dr_alex_gates) December 20, 2017
Another added: “Tell me Dame Judi Dench’s documentary about trees isn’t the most wholesome thing EVER. #treesandchampagne #JudiDench #MyPassionforTrees.”
One commented: “Have always loved #JudiDench and watching #MyPassionforTrees makes me love her even more, her utter joy is very infectious.”
“Watching Judy Dench talk about her love of trees is the most perfect telly #passionfortrees #JudiDench,” added another.
One even complimented: “Well done Dame Judi Dench, this will inspires new generation of tree lovers.”
Well done Dame Judi Dench, this will inspires new generation of tree lovers😀 https://t.co/bTXmc7h1ez— Keith Duncan (@OnBto) December 20, 2017
Another gushed: “If you didn’t catch Judi Dench’s documentary on BBC1 ‘My passion for trees’, then catch up! Quite possibly the most beautiful documentary I’ve ever seen.”
If you didn't catch Judi Dench's documentary on BBC1 'My passion for trees', then catch up! Quite possibly the most beautiful documentary I've ever seen.— Meg Cannon (@MegCannon_) December 20, 2017
Many others said Dame Judi’s programme had taught them a lot about the plants they never knew before.
Earlier this month, the Oscar-winner told how she struggles to enjoy films due to deteriorating eyesight caused by macular degeneration.