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Brian Blessed

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 June 1995

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the actor Brian Blessed.

He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about Z Cars - the series which first brought him to public prominence in the 1960s, about his friendship with the actress Katherine Hepburn and his obsession with climbing mountains - mountains like Everest and Kilimanjaro - when he isn't acting.

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

Favourite track: Rite of Spring The Adoration Of Earth by Igor Stravinsky
Book: In Search of the Miraculous by Peter Ouspensky
Luxury: Scarf given to him by the Dalai Lama

Music Played

8 items
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    Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica'

    Soloist: Heather Harper Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Vaughan Williams Symphony No 7 & 8 - A Previn, RCA Red Seal

  • Image for Vivian Ellis

    Vivian Ellis Paul Temple: Coronation Scot

    Famous Themes - Chappell Recorded Music Library, Chappell

  • Image for Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson Canoe Song

    Paul Robeson Vol 2: Great Voices Of The Century, Memoir Classics

  • Image for Maurice Ravel

    Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chloe -Daybreak

    Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Conductor: Pierre Boulez

    Pierre Boulez - Ravel - The Orchestral Works, A/C

  • Image for Patrick Doyle

    Patrick Doyle Non Nobis, Domine

    Orchestra: City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

    Henry V - The Original Film Soundtrack, EMI

  • Image for Jean Sibelius

    Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E flat major

    Orchestra: The Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Sibelius Symphonies Nos 2 & 5, Chandos

  • Image for The Band And Brigade Of Gurkhas & Bugles Of 2nd Batillion

    The Band And Brigade Of Gurkhas & Bugles Of 2nd Batillion Men Of The Hills

    Band Of The Brigade Of Gurkhas - Gurkha!, Music Masters

  • Image for Igor Stravinsky

    Igor Stravinsky The Adoration of the Earth (from The Rite of Spring)

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    Rite Of Spring, Philips

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Brian Blessed

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