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Darcey Bussell
Darcey Bussell
Hardtalk Extra caught up with Darcey Bussell at London's Royal Opera House.
In a Hardtalk Extra programme broadcast on Friday 6th October, Gavin Esler talks to Britain's best known ballerina, Darcey Bussell.

As the Royal Ballet launches
its new season in London,
Darcey Bussell is now facing up to the idea of retirement.

For nearly seventeen years she has been in the limelight as the company's principal dancer.

She tells Gavin Esler about the challenges of combining motherhood with being a ballerina, and about the life she anticipates after dance.

HARDtalk Extra can be seen on BBC World at 0330 GMT, 0830 GMT, 1430 GMT, 1830 GMT, 2330 GMT.

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30.

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