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Lord Rix

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 01 March 2009

Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is Brian Rix. For many years he brought farce to a large and appreciative audience - dropping his trousers thousands of times for the benefit of television viewers and theatre-goers. He was one of the most successful actor-managers that Britain has produced. But, more than 30 years ago, he called a halt to his first career to devote himself to altering legislation and attitudes towards disability. His eldest child, Shelley, was born with Down's syndrome and her birth prompted him towards his extraordinary second career. As a campaigner and fundraiser he has been described as having done more for people with learning disabilities than possibly anyone else in the country.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Love by Nat King Cole
Book: Encyclopædia Britannica
Luxury: A proper orthopaedic cushion.

Music Played

8 items
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    Ella Fitzgerald Imagine My Frustration

    Artist: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Ella at Duke’s Palace, Verve

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet No 1 in D major - Andante Cantabile

    Soloist: Itzhak Perlman, Janet Goodman Guiggenheim

    Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, EMI

  • Tommy Watt and his Orchestra Louise

    Easy Come/Louise, Parlophone

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Learnin' The Blues (with the Count Basie Band)

    Sinatra-Basie, Reprise Records

  • Image for Nat King Cole

    Nat King Cole Love

    Born Romantic, Columbia

  • Image for Gustav Mahler

    Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 3 in D minor

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Georg Solti

    Mahler Symphony No. 3: Chicago Symphony Orchstra/Solti, Decca

  • JC Jamma Dump Truck Baby

    Like a River Flows, Mencap

  • Image for The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

    The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Painted Emblems (from Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore)

    Ruddigore, London

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