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John Thaw

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 07 October 1990

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is an actor who rose to fame by portraying two rather different sorts of policemen on the nation's television screens. John Thaw, though a versatile stage actor, having appeared at the Royal Court and played with the Royal Shakespeare Company, is best known for the roles of Jack Reegan in the Sweeney, and, more recently, the morose but music-loving Inspector Morse. A passionate lover of classical music himself, he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his early childhood in Lancashire, his marriage to actress Sheila Hancock and his aversion to the perils of stardom.

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

Record: Erbarme Dich, Mein Gott (St Matthew Passion)
Book: The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Luxury: Large comfortable armchair

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

    Orchestra: The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 5 & 7, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini In questa Reggia (from Turandot)

    Soloist: Dame Eva Turner Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Puccini: Turandot, EMI

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor - 1st movement

    Soloist: Jacqueline Du Pre Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Elga: Cello Concerto, Sea Pictures, EMI

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

    Soloist: Paul Tortelier, Milton Katims, Pablo Casals, Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider

    Schubert: String Quintet, CBS

  • Image for Sheila Hancock

    Sheila Hancock Little Girls (from Annie)

    Annie: The Original Cast, CBS

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Magic Flute Overture

    Orchestra: The Philharmonia And New Philharmonia Orchestra

    Mozart: Magic Flute, EMI

  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss Beim Schlafengehen (from Four Last Songs)

    Soloist: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

    Strauss: Four Last Songs, EMI

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion - Erbarme dich

    Soloist: Marga Hoffgen Orchestra: The Stuttgart Chamber

    J S Bach: St Matthew Passion, Decca

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

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