RUSSELL: You don't go to the theatre as much now. What do you do to occupy your time in other ways? Do you watch the box?
DAME SYBIL THORNDIKE: Oh, I do. I watch it tremendously. But I don't like it like the theatre. Don't you think I do.
RUSSELL: Oh no.
DAME SYBIL: Oh no, I miss the theatre awfully. I do go to the theatre sometimes, but I'm finding it difficult to hear.
RUSSELL: What about watching television? What are your favourite programmes?
DAME SYBIL: My favourite programme? Basil Brush.
(audience laughter and applause.)
DAME SYBIL: Oh, I simply love him and...
RUSSELL: Why do you like Basil Brush?
DAME SYBIL: Oh, because he's so awful. That terrible laugh, and I'm afraid I get like him sometimes, and I find myself going 'ha ha-ha ha!'