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

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

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Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

12/31/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. His musicals dominate London's West End, including Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Starlight Express. He traces a career which began more than 30 years ago when he teamed up with Tim Rice to write Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Some Enchanted Evening by Rossano Brazzi Book: England's Thousand Best Churches by...

Duration:00:36:27

Michael Crawford

12/24/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Michael Crawford. Renowned for his attention to detail, he has always performed his own stunts - whether roller-skating under moving lorries in Some Mothers Do Have 'Em, or walking the tightrope in the musical Barnum. A consumate professional, he admits to escaping from his hospital bed, where he was recovering from exhaustion, so the show could go on! [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track:...

Duration:00:36:45

Michael Nyman

12/19/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Michael Nyman. Said to be the best-selling classical composer in Britain, as a child visiting the opera or concert hall his imagination would be caught by a particularly pleasing sequence of notes. Later, he was to use these as inspiration for his own compositions. A Purcell manuscript inspired his music for the The Draughtsman's Contract. Scottish folk songs the soundtrack to The Piano. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of...

Duration:00:37:37

Oz Clarke

12/12/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Oz Clarke. As a wine expert, he has sipped, slurped and spat his way through thousands of vintages from around the world. Renowned for his enthusiasm for trying new flavours and varieties, his earliest memory is of drinking his mother's damson wine when he was just three years old. And it didn't put him off. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Thanks for the Memory by The Mitford Girls...

Duration:00:35:36

Sir Richard Sykes

12/5/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Sir Richard Sykes. The chairman of Glaxo Welcome, as a boy he was not a natural scholar, until he went to work at the pathology laboratory of his local hospital. Understanding the application of science led him to become a research scientist at Glaxo Welcome. He describes how later the Board Room lured him away from the lab, and how he came to mastermind one of the most audacious take-overs in the city. [Taken from the original programme material for this...

Duration:00:38:37

Warren Mitchell

11/28/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Warren Mitchell. Arthur Miller praised his portrayal of Willie Loman in Death of a Salesman. His King Lear and Shylock won critical acclaim. But he will always be remembered for Alf Garnett, the bigoted, bully from Till Death Us Do Part. He chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Marie Theres I Made A Vow from Der Rosenkavalier by...

Duration:00:37:03

Clarissa Dickson Wright

11/21/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Clarissa Dickson Wright. Born into a home where caviar was more common than fish paste, she has always been surrounded by fine food. Yet she came to cooking as a profession late in life, having first practised as a barrister. Finding success on television, she has recently had to come to terms with the death of her co host Jennifer Paterson and being just One Fat Lady. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]...

Duration:00:35:28

William Gibson

11/19/1999
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This week the castaway on Desert Island Discs is William Gibson. Long before the existence of the Internet, he wrote about 'cyberspace', a boundless world reached only through computers. External space travel, to the Moon and Mars, had become old hat. By creating internal space, he breathed new life into science fiction. In conversation with Sue Lawley, he talks about his life and work and chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. [Taken from the original programme material for...

Duration:00:34:58

Willard White

11/7/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Willard White. Teased as a child for his deep bass voice, it has made him one of the most popular opera stars today. Happy to sing Wagner or Gershwin, he's renowned for his ability to get under the skin of his roles, and audiences still remember how, as Porgy, he wept real tears at the loss of Bess. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Piano Concerto No 21 in C Major- Andante by Wolfgang...

Duration:00:36:53

Ralph Fiennes

10/31/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Ralph Fiennes. His first Hollywood film role was as the Nazi concentration camp leader in Schindler's List, a part which, he says, had a profoundly disturbing effect on him. His latest project, playing the jaded hero Onegin, is the culmination of a long held desire to bring Pushkin's novel to the big screen. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Mir Ist So Wunderbar by Ludwig van...

Duration:00:35:42

Rolf Harris

8/29/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Rolf Harris. He's the presenter of one of the most popular television programmes, Animal Hospital, but he's an artist and a musician too. He shot to the top of the charts on many occasions with musical hits as varied as Tie Me Kangaroo Down and Stairway to Heaven. Both of which featured his own unique invention, the wobble board. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Gendarmes Quartet by...

Duration:00:34:06

Rita Dove

8/22/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is the poet Rita Dove. The first African-American to become the US Poet Laureate, Rita Dove was brought up to believe that education was the key to the Great American Dream. As a child she would lose herself in the local library, but she learned the art of story-telling from her aunts as they swapped tales about the Great Depression, civil rights, and, of course, motherhood. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island...

Duration:00:36:15

Sir Roger Norrington

8/15/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is the conductor Sir Roger Norrington. Known for conducting music at a cracking pace, he argues that it's the way the great composers would have played it. Music should be fun, he says, it should entertain - and never, ever, be pompous. He chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Brandenburg Concerto No.6 by Johann Sebastian Bach Book:...

Duration:00:37:44

Patricia Routledge

8/8/1999
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This week the castaway on Desert Island Discs is Patricia Routledge. Once voted the nation's favourite actress for her television roles as Hyacinth Bucket and Hetty Wainthrop, she has also been successful in the theatre, in musicals, and of course in Alan Bennett's monologues Talking Heads. In conversation with Sue Lawley, she talks about her life and work and chooses eight records to take to the mythical island. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert...

Duration:00:38:34

Rick Stein

8/1/1999
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The castaway on this week's Desert Island Discs is Rick Stein. When the police closed his discotheque down because of too many fights on a Saturday night, all he had left was his restaurant licence. Living by the sea, he took the obvious option and opened a fish restaurant. Today he is Britain's best sea food chef and a passionate advocate for the pleasures of cooking and eating fish. In conversation with Sue Lawley, he talks about his life and work and chooses eight records to take to the...

Duration:00:35:34

Rod Steiger

7/25/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Rod Steiger. He talks about The Method, Marlon Brando and the depression which dogged him for nearly a decade. And he confesses why he couldn't go to the desert island without Frank Sinatra. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Send in the Clowns by Sarah Vaughn Book: Complete book of poetry by e e cummings Luxury: Self-contained external electric fan

Duration:00:35:13

Martin Pipe

7/18/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Martin Pipe. He has turned horse training into a science. His animals have the choice of a swimming pool, indoor canter and walking machine, while the on-site laboratory monitors their temperature, blood and weight throughout the day. Yet he retains his love for the horses themselves - a passion which has made him one of the most successful trainers in Britain. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]...

Duration:00:34:40

Paddy Moloney

7/11/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Paddy Moloney. As the founder of the Chieftains he has taken Irish folk music around the world. No purist, some of his most popular pieces are influenced by other countries folk songs, most notably China, Spain and South America. He's collaborated with popular musicians too, sharing a stage with Mick Jagger, Elvis Costello and The Corrs. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Coast of...

Duration:00:35:08

Igor Aleksander

7/4/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is Profesor Igor Aleksander. He has been researching artificial conciousness for over 30 years. His first machine, Wisard, could recognise faces. His latest, Magnus, can think. He predicts that soon our computors will be so intelligent we won't be able to switch them off at the end of the day without feeling guilty. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Agnus Dei from Requiem by Giuseppe...

Duration:00:37:34

Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP

6/27/1999
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Sue Lawley's guest this week is the Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe. Since the last election she has used her free time to write a novel, but has no plans to become a full time author since politics remains her passion. Some two years after she spiked Michael Howard's bid to become leader of the Conservative Party, she is herself being talked about as a possible Tory Leader. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: How...

Duration:00:38:01