A Date With Dolly - Michael Ball Meets Dolly Parton

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In the first of two programmes, Michael Ball fulfills his longtime ambition to meet the woman who's bigger than country music itself, Dolly Parton.

The series, which coincides with the release of Dolly's CD and DVD package 'Live From London,' breaks loose from the familiar life story" approach to this Nashville superstar.

Instead, in a long and revealing conversation, Ball finds out what makes Parton tick, how she keeps her family life private, how she became a canny businesswoman and how even she takes the wig off sometimes.

Also in tonight's first part, Dolly talks about why she turned down Elvis and how she went about writing songs for the Broadway production of her hit movie '9 To 5.' Plus live versions of 'Jolene,' 'Two Doors Down' and the song she reveals as her personal favourite from her catalogue.

Michael Ball meets the woman who's bigger than country music itself, Dolly Parton"

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The second instalment of Michael Ball's revealing interview with the country queen, recorded at her offices in Nashville.

Featuring everything from her Led Zeppelin cover and why her friend Tammy Wynette never gave up her beautician's licence; to comic revelations about what Dolly thinks of her image; and the unveiling of her rather impressive British accent.

There's also an opportunity to hear more tracks from her new Live From London album, such as Little Sparrow and Backwoods Barbie; as well as many of her best-loved studio recordings.

We hear how Dolly reworked Cole Porter bluegrass-style; and she talks about favourite duet partners from Kenny Rogers, to Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.

The second instalment of Michael Ball's revealing interview with the country queen.