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Desert Island Discs: Archive 1966-1970

18 EpisodesProduced by BBC Radio 4Website

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

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Quentin Poole

December 26th, 1970


Roy Plomley's castaway is head chorister Quentin Poole.

Favourite track: Mariner Man by William Walton
Book: Novels by Agatha Christie
Luxury: Flute and …

Isidore Godfrey

February 7th, 1970


Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Isidore Godfrey.

Favourite track: Symphony in D Minor by César Franck
Book: The scores of the symphonies by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Luxury: Piano

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

December 20th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is field marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.

Favourite track: Sei Nicht Bos (from Der Obersteiger) by Carl Zeller

Book: The History of Warfare by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Luxury: Piano

Raymond Mays

October 25th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is car designer and former racer Raymond Mays.

Favourite track: Love Will Find a Way by Jose Collins
Book: Gaiety, Theatre of …

Henry Williamson

October 11th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is writer Henry Williamson.

Favourite track: Tristan und Isolde (Act 3) by Richard Wagner
Book: The Story of My Heart by Richard …

Peter Pears

July 21st, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is tenor Peter Pears.

Favourite track: Moonlight (from Peter Grimes) by Benjamin Britten
Book: Tropical Plants and Their …

Alvar Lidell

May 5th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is newsreader Alvar Lidell.

Favourite track: String Quintet in C by Franz Schubert
Book: Oxford English Dictionary
Luxury: Playing cards

Hetty King

April 14th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian and musician Hetty King.

Book: History of the world
Luxury: Parrot

Sir Alec Rose

April 7th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is round-the-world sailor Sir Alec Rose.

Favourite track: The Lord's Prayer by Eric Rogers Chorale and Orchestra
Book: History of England
Luxury: Radio receiver

Alan Pegler

January 13th, 1969


Roy Plomley's castaway is owner of the Flying Scotsman Alan Pegler.

Favourite track: Water Music Suite by George Frideric Handel
Book: Complete …

Arthur Askey

December 23rd, 1968


Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian Arthur Askey.

Favourite track: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Book: Golf instruction …

Sandy Powell

November 25th, 1968


Roy Plomley's castaway is comedian Sandy Powell.

Favourite track: Silent Night by Bing Crosby
Book: My Autobiography by Charlie Chaplin
Luxury: Violin

Lieutenant Colonel C H Jaeger

November 18th, 1968


Roy Plomley's castaway is Senior Director of Music Lieutenant Colonel C H Jaeger.

Favourite track: Suite No 3 in D Major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Book: …

Marty Feldman

September 23rd, 1968


Roy Plomley's castaway is scriptwriter Marty Feldman.

Favourite track: Concerto in D Minor for Oboe, Strings and Continuo (Opus 9 No 2) by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Book: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Louis Armstrong

August 25th, 1968


Roy Plomley's castaway is jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong.

Favourite track: Blueberry Hill by Louis Armstrong and his All Stars
Book: His own autobiography
Luxury: Trumpet

Dame Gladys Cooper

December 23rd, 1967


Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Dame Gladys Cooper.

Favourite track: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring by Frederick Delius
Book: Anthology of …

Fenella Fielding

June 5th, 1967


Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Fenella Fielding.

Favourite track: Long Long Summer by Dizzy Gillespie
Book: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

Patience Strong

January 10th, 1966


Roy Plomley's castaway is poet Patience Strong.

Favourite track: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo) by Felix Mendelssohn
Book: Complete works by William Wordsworth
Luxury: Indian painting showing the Crucifixion

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