Desert Island Discs: Archive 1991-1996

Sinopse

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island

Episódios

  • Martin Amis

    Martin Amis

    29/12/1996 Duração: 37min

    Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs today is the writer Martin Amis. He describes his books as comedies, but, like London Fields and Other People, they are frequently dark and disturbing. He says that he has no choice as to the subjects of his books. "They come from nowhere and feel like a little gulp in your digestive system". Although he admits that he's sometimes appalled by the characters he creates, writing itself is something he loves. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Yesterdays by Buddy Rich Book: Complete Works by John Milton Luxury: Cable Television

  • Jennifer Saunders

    Jennifer Saunders

    22/12/1996 Duração: 32min

    The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is Absolutely Fabulous! Jennifer Saunders began "doing funny things with props" in the early 1980s. With her stage partner Dawn French, she toured the clubs and comedy venues making people laugh with acts like The Menopause Sisters. As part of the Comic Strip performers, she burst onto our TV screens as one of the famous, if rather manic, five. Now through her characters Edina and Patsy, she has created a comedy classic. But as she tells Sue Lawley, Absolutely Fabulous came about because, having taken a year off from French and Saunders, the phone was ominously silent, and she had absolutely nothing else to do. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No by Blondie Book: Traveller's Prelude by Freya Stark Luxury: Tribute Heads By Elisabeth Frink

  • Ian Dury

    Ian Dury

    15/12/1996 Duração: 34min

    Today's castaway on Desert Island Discs confused the rock critics in the late 1970s with songs like Sweet Gene Vincent, Reasons to be Cheerful and outraged the BBC with Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. Ian Dury and the Blockheads were part vaudeville act and part punk rock band. In his songs, he created the characters Clevor Trever and Billericay Dickie and so invented the original Essex Man. He's also a painter and an actor, but as he reveals to Sue Lawley, he's writing songs again and hopes to be back in the charts soon. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Ramblin by Ornette Coleman Book: Macmillan Dictionary of Art Luxury: Mixing Desk - Solar Powered

  • Robert Winston

    Robert Winston

    08/12/1996 Duração: 38min

    On Desert Island Discs today the castaway is Robert Winston. As Professor of Fertility Studies at Hammersmith Hospital in London, he has been at the forefront of medical developments in his field. He pioneered the screening of embryos for genetic defects and has frequently made the headlines with his views that all women, including widows, lesbians and those who are HIV positive, should be considered for treatment. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Goldberg Varations - Aria And Reprise From Variation by Johann Sebastian Bach Book: The Koran (in Arabic and English) Luxury: Glass And Tools To Make A Telescope

  • Bruce Forsyth

    Bruce Forsyth

    01/12/1996 Duração: 37min

    This week's castaway on Desert Island Discs may be nearing 70, but he knows how to play The Generation Game. Bruce Forsyth is one of the great all-rounders - television host, pianist, dancer and comedian. He began performing as a child, tap-dancing on the roof of his father's lock-up garages. But, as he tells Sue Lawley, his big night came when he was asked to compere Sunday Night at the Palladium. He has spent more than five decades in showbiz, progressing from Boy Bruce the Mighty Atom, to probably the most successful game show host on television. To quote one of his own famous catchphrases, "Didn't he do well?" [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: I'll Never Love This Way Again by Dionne Warwick Book: The collected works by Omar Khayyam Luxury: Sand iron (golf club)

  • Rt Hon Tony Blair MP

    Rt Hon Tony Blair MP

    24/11/1996 Duração: 35min

    Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the Leader of the Opposition, the Right Honourable Tony Blair. He will be describing his beliefs, both political and religious, and revealing the man behind the sound bites. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Recuerdos De La Alhambra by John Williams Book: Ivanhoe by Walter Scott Luxury: Guitar

  • Tessa Sanderson

    Tessa Sanderson

    17/11/1996 Duração: 35min

    Atlanta was her sixth Olympic Games. The first was 20 years before. On Desert Island Discs, Tessa Sanderson reveals the competitive drive that brought her back from retirement at the age of 40 to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She fondly recalls her rivalry with fellow competitor Fatima Whitbread, and remembers the moment she became the first and only British woman to win an Olympic throwing gold medal. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston Book: The History of the World by J M Roberts Luxury: Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Sir Laurens Van Der Post

    Sir Laurens Van Der Post

    10/11/1996 Duração: 38min

    The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a writer, a traveller and an advisor to a Prince and Prime Minister. Now nearly 90, he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his early years in South Africa, his incarceration as a Japanese prisoner-of-war and his life-long campaign to save the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Piano Sonata No. 17 in Dm 'Tempest' by Ludwig van Beethoven Book: The Golden Bough by James Frazer Luxury: Piano

  • Chris Patten

    Chris Patten

    03/11/1996 Duração: 38min

    He's called "His Excellency" by some; to others he's "Fatty Patten". Next year he will hand over Hong Kong to the Chinese. Chris Patten, this week's castaway on Desert Island Discs, describes the challenges of being the colony's last British Governor. He recalls the moment he won the election for the Conservative Party, but lost his own seat, and how, as Environment Secretary, he found himself implementing "the single most unpopular policy that any British government has tried to introduce since the last war" - the poll tax. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Route 66 by The Rolling Stones Book: A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking Luxury: A bath

  • Jancis Robinson

    Jancis Robinson

    27/10/1996 Duração: 38min

    Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the wine writer Jancis Robinson. One of only 200 Masters of Wine in the world, she recalls how her passion was first aroused by a full-bodied Chambolle-Musigny. It was, she says, the first time she realised that wine was an intellectual experience and not just for lubrication. A familiar face on television for her Matters of Taste and Wine Course series, she also edited the prestigious Oxford Companion to Wine. But her main occupation is tasting, and she can sip and spit more than a hundred varieties at a sitting. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Sabat Mater Inflammatus Et Accensus by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi Book: Middlemarch by George Eliot Luxury: Cellar of wines and a corkscrew

  • Jackie Charlton

    Jackie Charlton

    20/10/1996 Duração: 36min

    The ball rolled past the gap between him and Gordon Banks and into the back of the net. The Germans were one goal up. This week's castaway, Jackie Charlton, recalls the match which was to bring him to his knees in relief and joy as England went on to win the 1966 World Cup. Just one of the crowning moments of a career that could so easily have ended down the pit, except for his talent with the ball. Nicknamed "The Boss" because of his straight talking, Jackie describes his relationship with his brother "Our Kid" Bobby Charlton and his success as manager of Ireland. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: September Song by Frank Sinatra Book: Encyclopaedia of How To Survive Luxury: Fishing rod

  • Rumer Godden

    Rumer Godden

    13/10/1996 Duração: 41min

    Always an outsider, she seems to have gone against all the mores of her time; from opening a dancing school in Calcutta to living alone with her children in Kashmir. On Desert Island Discs this week, the writer Rumer Godden describes how her rich life in India (under the Raj) and in Britain has influenced her novels. She says she can't remember a time when she didn't write. Now in her late 80s, and after publishing more than 50 books, including Black Narcissus and The River, she's just added another to her list. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Kinderscenen Traumerei by Robert Schumann Book: The Atlantic book of British and American Poetry by Edith Sitwell Luxury: A widow's cruse filled with whisky

  • Lewis Wolpert

    Lewis Wolpert

    06/10/1996 Duração: 37min

    The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is Professor Lewis Wolpert. As Chairman of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science, he is a passionate advocate of the value of science and the increasing need for the recognition and promotion of its importance. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his early life in South Africa, his recent struggle with clinical depression and his passion for the views of the 18th-century philosopher David Hume - particularly on the existence of God. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven Book: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding and The Principles of Morals by David Hume Luxury: Bicycle

  • Ben Elton

    Ben Elton

    29/09/1996 Duração: 35min

    His fourth novel, Popcorn, has been widely-acclaimed by the critics. He's about to begin a nationwide tour with his stand-up comedy routine. And, after the success of his TV series The Young Ones and Blackadder, he's currently writing The Thin Blue Line for BBC1. Yet despite all that, Ben Elton, this week's castaway, says he's more of an enthusiastic 'farty' than a "smug git in a shiny suit". He muses as to whether his scatter-gun delivery (so mocked by the tabloids) is the result of his fear of the audience, or of a self-righteous belief in his own opinion, and when stranded on a desert island, he will reveal himself as a serious satirist or just a maverick motormouth. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: And Your Bird Can Sing by The Beatles Book: His wedding photo album Luxury: The British Museum

  • Fran Landesman

    Fran Landesman

    22/09/1996 Duração: 32min

    She has written songs for her friends Barbra Streisand and Bette Davis, and admires Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn. This week, the poet and lyricist Fran Landesman chooses her eight records. Although now in her 60s, retired to her bed and celibate, she is still writing lyrics and performing her poetry and has just published a new collection of her work. From poor little rich girl to a life of bohemian excess, she looks back at her experiences - free love, free speech and mind-expanding drugs - on Desert Island Discs. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Down by Nicki Leighton Thomas Book: Rebel Without Applause and Jay Walking by Jay Landesman Luxury: Cannabis seeds

  • Kevin Whately

    Kevin Whately

    15/09/1996 Duração: 33min

    The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is the actor Kevin Whately. Having appeared increasingly prominently in three of the most successful series in recent TV history - Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Inspector Morse and Peak Practice - he's currently 'hot property' in the casting world. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his boyhood in a remote part of Cumbria, his bold but inspired decision to chuck in accountancy in favour of the stage and his time busking at Oxford Circus to pay his way through drama school. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Symphony No 1 by Jean Sibelius Book: The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie Luxury: Northumbrian pipes

  • Professor Colin Blakemore

    Professor Colin Blakemore

    08/09/1996 Duração: 37min

    The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the scientist Colin Blakemore. A brilliant student, he became an Oxford professor at the age of 35 and since then he has commanded enormous influence through his research and the way he has tried to communicate the importance of science to the world at large. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his main work - the functioning of the human brain - and about his research on the relationship between vision and brain development. He'll also be describing how his experiments in this area involving animals have made him the target of attacks from animal rights activists. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Die Zauberflote Oittre Nicht - The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Book: The Discoverers by Daniel Boorstin Luxury: Solar-powered internet (to receive, not send)

  • Sir Terence Conran

    Sir Terence Conran

    01/09/1996 Duração: 37min

    The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the designer and entrepreneur Terence Conran. He first came to fame with the Habitat store which introduced British shoppers to consumer delights like the chicken brick and the duvet. Now considered one of the country's most successful restaurateurs - he currently owns seven restaurants and is involved in designing another 17 - he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his original foray into the restaurant world. His first venture was called The Soup Kitchen - and, misled by its name, attracted all the local tramps on its opening night. He'll also be describing how Picasso bought one of the first chairs he designed. Finally, he'll be talking about how, after a somewhat tumultuous personal life, he now feels he has achieved some sort of equanimity. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert Part One by Keith Jarrett Book: History of the World by H G Wells Luxury: An

  • Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

    Anita Lasker-Wallfisch

    25/08/1996 Duração: 38min

    The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. One of the most distinguished members of the English Chamber Orchestra, she has toured all over the world with them. However, as she will be telling Sue Lawley, up until the early 1980s, she always refused to visit one country - Germany. For it was from there that her Jewish parents were taken away by the Gestapo, never to be seen again. From the age of 18, she herself was taken away to Auschwitz. There, because she was able to play the cello, she survived, and played in the camp's orchestra. However, when she was later moved to Belsen, she nearly didn't. She'll be talking about playing in the orchestra at Auschwitz, about the importance of music in sustaining life both then and now, and about her feelings towards Germany and the Germans more than 50 years after the events of her early life. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Piano Sonata Opus 111

  • André Previn

    André Previn

    18/08/1996 Duração: 37min

    The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the composer and conductor André Previn. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about how he and his family fled from Nazi Germany and ended up in California. His skill as a jazz musician led to a job at MGM and four Oscars for the film scores he wrote there. However, in the mid-1960s he turned his back on Hollywood and became principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. He'll be discussing this dramatic transition, his famous appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show and the perils of his now-abandoned celebrity status. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Symphony No 40 In G Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Book: The collected works by Anton Chekhov Luxury: Piano

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