In an age of instant celebrity, what does it take to maintain a long career in entertainment?
June Whitfield is one of our best-known faces and most widely loved stars. She has recently turned 90 years old. It's an ideal opportunity for BBC Radio 4 to wish her a happy birthday and toast her long, successful career - a career which is still ongoing.
Joanna Lumley visited June at home in Wimbledon to re-live some of her finest comedy moments and explore how the entertainment industry has changed - most notably the expanded roles for women as performers, writers and producers - during her remarkable career.
Radio has been vital to June's success, but it was TV that brought her to the hearts of millions. This first of two programmes looks back and listens to her first footsteps on the path to fame - at first on radio in Take It From Here, then alongside almost every big name comic of the 50s, 60s and 70s, until Terry and June put her name in the title of that most successful of sitcoms.
Joanna Lumley, a co-star with June in Absolutely Fabulous, listens back to some selected gems from the archives and discusses the highs and lows of her time in the entertainment business.
Presenter: Joanna Lumley
Producer: Steve Doherty
A Giddy Goat production for BBC Radio 4.