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Peter Sallis

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 May 2009

Kirsty Young invites actor Peter Sallis to choose eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical desert island. As the unassuming Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine and the equally mild-mannered Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, Sallis brings to life a sepia-tinted Britain that barely seems to exist any more. Now aged 88 and with failing eyesight, no-one, he says, is more surprised at his success than himself: "I've been lucky enough to keep going and I realise now, though it's taken me nearly 100 years, that my voice is distinctive. I'm very lucky indeed."

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

Favourite track: The finale of Symphony No.5 in E flat Major by Jean Sibelius
Book: The collected works by P G Wodehouse
Luxury: No.7 Meccano outfit.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

    Soloist: Iona Brown Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

    The World of Vaughan Williams, Decca

  • Image for Lee Wiley

    Lee Wiley Manhattan

    Night in Manhattan with Lee Wiley, CBS

  • Image for Fats Waller

    Fats Waller Your Feet's Too Big

    Your Feet’s Too Big, RCA

  • Image for Gary Miller

    Gary Miller The Way You Look Tonight

    The Way You Look Tonight/Dear Friend, PYE

  • Image for Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto No 1 in D, Opus 99

    Soloist: John Williams Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Sir Charles Groves

    Guitar Concertos by Rodrigo, Sony

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 - 5th movement

    Orchestra: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

    Beethoven: String Quartet Op130, Decca

  • Image for Tommy Dorsey

    Tommy Dorsey All I Remember is You

    Dance with Dorsey, Parade

  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat major - 3rd movement

    Orchestra: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Neeme Jarvi

    Sibeluis: The Symphonies, D G

Broadcasts

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  1. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  2. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  3. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  4. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  5. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  6. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  7. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  8. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  9. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  10. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  11. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  12. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  13. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  14. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  15. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  16. Image for Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Kirsty Young asks castaways to choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the…

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