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David Starkey

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 06 February 2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is Dr David Starkey. Dr David Starkey forsook the ivory towers of academia to popularise history as a constitutional commentator in the press and as a broadcaster and writer. His approach to history is a personal one; he explains events through the lens of individual hopes, flaws and lusts and says historical influence can be seen in terms of who are "the movers and shakers and the bottom wipers" in the royal court. Their equivalent can be seen in government today, he says, through the unelected advisers who take their seat on the Downing Street sofa.

Born into a working class, Quaker family in Kendal, David's formidable drive owes much to his mother's love and ambitions for her only child. David's feeling that history should not be the preserve of academics, but belongs to the public, set him on a path to a TV career, via Cambridge, the LSE, and his infamous performances on Radio 4's The Moral Maze which earned him the title of 'the rudest man in Britain'. Now, his programmes are watched by millions and his books are bestsellers.

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

Favourite track: Dove Sono by ozart
Book: Microcosmographia Academica by Francis M Cornford
Luxury: Hot and cold running water, bath tub and bath oil

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for King Henry VIII of England

    King Henry VIII of England Henry VIII's Pastime with Good Company

    Soloist: Glenda Simpson Orchestra: The Camerata of London Conductor: Barry Mason

    Sixteenth Century Music, Emergo Classics

  • Image for Henry Purcell

    Henry Purcell March (from the Funeral Music for Queen Mary)

    Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

    Music for Queen Mary, Erato

  • Image for Giuseppe Verdi

    Giuseppe Verdi Dio che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlos)

    Soloist: Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes Orchestra: The Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini

    Don Carlos, EMI

  • Image for New London Consort

    New London Consort Pavana La Bataglia - a 16th century Italian carnival song

    Conductor: Philip Pickett

    Trionfi

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Oboe Quartet in F major

    Soloist: Lothar Koch Orchestra: The Amadeus Quartet

    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet:Flute Quartet No 1: Oboe Quartet, Deutsche Grammophon

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)

    Soloist: Kiri te Kanawa Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir George Solti

    The Marriage of Figaro, Decca

  • Image for Claudio Monteverdi

    Claudio Monteverdi Pur ti miro (from The Coronation of Poppea )

    Soloist: Magda Laszlo and Richard Lewis Orchestra: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: John Pritchard

    Various Artist: Glyndebourne Recorded 1934-1994, EMI

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah)

    Choir: English Concert Choir Orchestra: English Concert Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

    Handel: Messiah, Archiv

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
David Starkey

Broadcasts

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    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

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

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

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

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

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

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

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    Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

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