Desert Island Discs: Archive 1961-1965



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


  • George Baker

    05/04/1965 Duración: 27min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is baritone George Baker. Favourite track: Praise to the Holiest in the Height (from The Dream of Gerontius) by Edward Elgar Book: His favourite works by Charles Dickens Luxury: Writing materials

  • Arthur Fiedler

    01/03/1965 Duración: 26min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is conductor Arthur Fiedler. Book: Encyclopaedia Britannica Luxury: Binoculars

  • Owen Brannigan

    08/02/1965 Duración: 25min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is bass Owen Brannigan. Favourite track: Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten Book: The collected works by G.K. Chesterton Luxury: Trombone

  • Marlene Dietrich

    04/01/1965 Duración: 19min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Marlene Dietrich. Favourite track: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky Book: The Telegram by Konstantin Paustovsky and A Story of Life by Konstantin Paustovsky Luxury: Mementoes box

  • Jack de Manio

    26/12/1964 Duración: 21min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is broadcaster Jack de Manio. Favourite track: The Faithful Hussar by Louis Armstrong and his All Stars Book: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy Luxury: Scented soap

  • Tallulah Bankhead

    14/12/1964 Duración: 23min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Tallulah Bankhead. Book: The Human Situation by MacNeill Dixon Luxury: Her portrait by Augustus John

  • Reverend W Awdry

    19/10/1964 Duración: 29min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine Reverend W Awdry. Favourite track: Baal, We Cry to Thee by Felix Mendelssohn Book: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe Luxury: Writing materials

  • Kenneth Connor

    22/06/1964 Duración: 21min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is actor Kenneth Connor. Favourite track: Little Bit This, Little Bit That by Jimmy Durante Book: Margin Released by J B Priestley Luxury: Guitar

  • Nicolai Poliakoff

    23/12/1963 Duración: 23min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is Coco the Clown - Nicolai Poliakoff. Favourite track: Black Eyes by Balalaika Orchestra Book: Dictionary Luxury: Writing materials

  • Gordon Pirie

    18/11/1963 Duración: 22min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is athlete Gordon Pirie. Favourite track: The Very Thought of You by Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra Book: Gray's Anatomy Luxury: Motor car

  • Sir Charles MacLean

    12/08/1963 Duración: 23min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is Chief Scout Sir Charles MacLean. Favourite track: Symphony No 5 in F Minor (Toccata) by Charles Marie Widor Book: Volumes of The Illustrated London News Luxury: Piano

  • Ken Sykora

    22/01/1962 Duración: 24min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is guitarist Ken Sykora. Favourite track: Nuages by Django Reinhardt Book: Science for the Citizen Luxury: Guitar

  • Gracie Fields

    25/12/1961 Duración: 22min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is actress and singer Gracie Fields. Favourite track: Piano Concerto No 2 in C Minor by Sergei Rachmaninov Book: The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy Luxury: Reproduction of Renoir's The Picnic

  • Wee Georgie Wood

    06/11/1961 Duración: 21min

    Roy Plomley's castaway is musician Wee Georgie Wood. Favourite track: Private Lives Act 1 by Noel Coward & Gertrude Lawrence Book: Memoirs of a Midget by Walter de la Mare Luxury: Writing materials