Picking the tunes with DJ Dench

I pick and choose my way through Desert Island Discs, but the wonderful thing about it is the timeless nature of all the interviews. The BBC have made the full archive available indefinitely, so you can listen to anyone at any time. I subscribe to the podcast, but often don’t get around to listening until well after the interviews have been aired.

I just recently listened to Dame Judi Dench’s show, and fell even more in love with her than I already was. Rather than joyously recounting stories for each of the brilliant songs on the list, Dame Judi gradually comes to the realisation that all her songs are actually quite depressing. It’s really fun to hear, as each track passes by, Judi’s reaction that she maybe should have taken a look at the eight songs as a whole.

It’s even better, right at the end, when host Kirsty Young asks the beloved Judi which track she was save from the waves.

“Which one would I save? Hmm. I don’t want any of those. I don’t want to go to the island and I don’t want to take any of those with me.”

Highly recommend listening to this one.