Judi Dench

My Passion for Trees

Judi Dench embarks on a magical journey to uncover the mysteries about one of her greatest passions – trees.

Released : 2017

Runtime : 60 minutes

Broadcaster : BBC 1

Oscar-winning actress, Dame Judi Dench has long been fascinated with trees, ever since she was a child she has objected to anyone cutting them down.

She shared her passion for trees with her late husband, the actor Michael Williams, and together they nurtured their own arboretum. For the past seven years, she has continued to care for this woodland with her close companion, wildlife enthusiast David Mills and throughout this time, Judi has continually planted trees for dear friends and family who have passed.

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. With the help of some of the best tree scientists and the latest scientific equipment at her disposal, Judi unlocks the remarkable secret lives of trees. Through the cycle of the four seasons, she’ll hear her trees drink, discover how they feel, learn how they communicate and how they fight off invading armies. 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 trees aren’t just trees, they are a real community that help each other, humans and the planet.

Credits

PRODUCER & DIRECTOR

Harvey Lilley

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Anthony Geffen

COMISSIONING EDITOR

Abigail Priddle

NATURAL HISTORY PRODUCER

James Manisty

EDITOR

Sally Yeadon

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Robinson
Dominic Colchester

SPECIALIST CAMERAS

Tim Shepard
Todd Kewley

ADDITIONAL CAMERAS

James Aldred
Stephen Robinson
Robert Hollingworth

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Ty Unwin

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

Ian Syder

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Samantha Tilyard

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Cat Pollock

PRODUCTION TEAM

Melissa Williams
Diane Davidson

FOR ATLANTIC PRODUCTIONS

Vincent Pretorius
Mimi Gilligan
Claudia Perkins

DUBBING MIXER

Matt Skilton

COLOURIST

Kenny Gibb

ONLINE EDITOR

Marty Webb

VISUAL EFFECTS

Zoo VFX

SOUND RECORDISTS

Simon Pinkerton
Freddie Claire
Marc Hatch

DRONE OPERATORS

Sam Boydell
Jordan Brooks
James Markwick

ARCHIVE

Alamy
BBC Photo Library
Getty Images
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Pond 5
Video 77

SPECIAL THANKS TO

British Wildlife Centre
Phil Wilkes, UCL Geography & NCEO
School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
Surrey Wildlife Trust
University of Oxford

Press

Touching and Life Affirming

Daily Mail

Charming and subtly educational

Daily Telegraph

Facinating and extraordinary

The Guardian

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