Joanna van Kampen (Fallon Rogers) selects some of her favourite music on BBC Radio 3's Private Passions this Sunday.

The daughter of cellist Christopher van Kampen and violinist Marcia Crayford, Jo studied violin and piano as a child before deciding to make acting her career.

Jo found talking to Michael Berkeley about her choices less daunting than she expected: 'I was scared at the thought but it turned out to be really informal and fun', she said. 'It was such a privilege to be asked to appear. I tried to choose pieces that had relevance to my life, so there'd be more to talk about.'

Jo's eclectic selection includes film soundtracks, classical vocal music - and Stevie Wonder.

Private Passions is at 12pm on Sunday 13 February.

Keri Davies is an Archers scriptwriter and web producer.

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Terry B

    on 15 Feb 2011 12:29

    @39

    You must be nearly as old as I am DracsM1 : -)

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by Terry B

    on 15 Feb 2011 12:24

    I whole heartedly agree with posts 35 to 38. Although I do think that a change in the editorial team would have a positive effect on the programme. It seems to me that the current attempts at social realism within TA are failing miserably. The result has been a total lack of humour, horribly predictable (almost clichéd) plot lines and changes to characterisation that results in
    a) The entire illusion of Ambridge being destroyed in my mind and
    b) My not really caring what happens to any of the characters.

    There are some very good examples of how the social realism thing does work on TV in programmes like Shameless and Skins. I’m not suggesting that TA emulate them, just that there are techniques used in these dramas that make the viewer care very much about the characters because they seem so real and believable. If the current push for a younger audience for TA is to be perused there are a lot of lessons that could be learned there.

    I agree with you hopping that the really offensive posts that I have seen here and on the message board have been from the ‘Stop these postings’ brigade. The majority of criticism I have read here have been intelligent and articulate and I believe that the editorial team could learn a lot from them.

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by DracoM1

    on 15 Feb 2011 12:15

    I feel like an impostor. Erm,.....sorry to intrude on the gloomfest, but.....all I wanted to say was that I was at school with Joanna van Kampen's Dad!

    Wish I hadn't bothered now.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by hoppingmad10

    on 15 Feb 2011 10:53

    I haven't read these messages for quite some time, but I did read many hundreds of them before and have caught up a little today, and on the whole I find them to be polite, articulate and non-hysterical and so I agree wholeheartedly with posts 35, 36 and 37 and to be honest I find the only slightly offensive messages to be those exaggerating the concerns of the majority into some kind of lunacy. Nobody mentioned JFK or moon landings (what nonsense!)- they simply expressed the views of the above three posts which I heartily agree with.

    I have now not listened for many weeks and my life is no poorer. It was an enjoyable part of life for many decades and at first I felt a keen sense of loss, but now that loss is assimilated into my life and other pleasures have replaced and become the norm. Sadly Radio 4 was the fall guy in all this because I simply turned off my radio for most of the day instead of having it constantly in the background.

    I will check in again in a couple more weeks, in the meantime my very good wishes to everyone here.

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by Anne Anorak

    on 14 Feb 2011 22:55

    @35 and @36. Agree with you both Fondant and Songsinger.
    As you say Fondant it was the manipulation of the characters that has spoilt TA for me. I've been a listener for many years now but haven't listened to an episode since January 2. With a radio programme you invest a lot of your imagination into how the characters look, where they live, how they behave etc. If three characters can be manipulated for an anniversary (Helen, David and Nigel) then what is to stop that happening to others in future? Once the consistency of character is broken then all that is left is actors reading scripts.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by The Blessed Songsinger

    on 14 Feb 2011 11:24

    @35 Agree with you fondantface. I have never called for anyone's resignation or anything similar but I do feel bereft as I have not listened (except briefly) to a programme which I loved for many years.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by fondantfancee

    on 13 Feb 2011 21:29

    For what it's worth, I don't blame VW or her collegues for those events either and frankly it is patronising to suggest anyone has said so.
    The simple message, repeated by literally hundreds of contributors, is that the sheer manipulation of characters to fit a stupid anniversary has caused many to see the strings pulling the puppets - and this has spoiled the programme for them.

    These people, myself included, cared very, very deeply about TA and it was a huge pleasure in our lives.
    Please don't insult those feelings by comparing them to some mad conspiracy theorists.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by mike

    on 13 Feb 2011 21:07

    "I didn't like the 60th anniversary episode: I thought it was rubbish and I think the production team made a huge and ridiculous error in dedding Nigel. However, I don't believe that Vanessa Whitburn and her colleagues shot JFK, faked the moon landings or were responsible for any sort of deep conspiracy" - JoLean, above

    I share this view.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by regolofic

    on 13 Feb 2011 20:08

    I have dipped in and out of the blogs for the past few weeks and read most of the messages, but I missed those about the moon landings and the JFK assassination. Perhaps I missed my medication: I'll go back and see if I can find those that JoLean refers to.



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  • Comment number 32. Posted by JoLean

    on 13 Feb 2011 19:52

    No, I was around (mainly lurking but posting too) on January 2nd (after not posting much since the new MB which I find difficult to browse) which explains why I've not been around much since because the message board has become full of, frankly, paranoid postings and hysterical bores.

    I didn't like the 60th anniversary episode: I thought it was rubbish and I think the production team made a huge and ridiculous error in dedding Nigel. However, I don't believe that Vanessa Whitburn and her colleagues shot JFK, faked the moon landings or were responsible for any sort of deep conspiracy as some of the repitious posters who are commenting on EVERY blog (which is BBC house-style rather than some sort of KGB/Stasi tactic) seem to think.

    Anyway off to watch last night's Take Me Out, which will mark me out as just the sort of low-brow listener who is out to get all of you and steal your Radio 4 souls, I expect.

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