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Judi Dench

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor Judi Dench.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actress Dame Judi Dench.

She's been delighting audiences for some 40 years, on film, television and the stage. It's partly this versatility that makes her so special. Nominated for an Oscar for the film Mrs Brown, in which she played an ageing Queen Victoria, she says the difference between film and the theatre is that on stage she can make an audience believe that she's a tall, willowy blond, when in reality she is five foot nothing.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh
Book: Ordnance Survey map of the world
Luxury: The Man with a Glove painting by Titian

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45 minutes

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Fri 17 Apr 1998 09:00

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  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Soloist: Iona Brown Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Sir Neville Mariner

    • Hi Fi Special: Excerpts of Works by Barber and Others.
    • ASV.
  • Henry Purcell

    March (from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary)

    Orchestra: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields Choir: Choir of King’s College Cambridge Conductor: Philip Ledger

    • Funeral Music for Queen Mary, Five Anthems.
    • EMI Eminence.
  • William Shakespeare

    Much Ado About Nothing Act 4, Scene 1

    Soloist: John Gielgud and Peggy Ashcroft

    • The World of Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud.
    • Argo.
  • Castaway's Favourite

  • Charlie Parker's Reboppers

    Blue in Green

    • Kind of Blue.
    • Columbia.
  • Hubert Parry

    I Was Glad

    Soloist: Andrew Lucas Choir: Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral Conductor: John Scott

    • The English Anthem 5.
    • Hyperion.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Non Nobis, Domine

    Orchestra: Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Simon Rattle

    • Henry V.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

    Soloist: Hillevi Martinpelto, Alison Hagley, Thomas Allen Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Conductor: Simon Rattle

    • Cosi Fan Tutti.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Book Choice

    • Ordnance Survey map of the world

  • Luxury Choice

    • The Man with a Glove painting by Titian


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Judi Dench


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