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John Major

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 January 1992

Few people will be surprised to hear that the castaway in this week's special 50th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs is the Prime Minister John Major. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his very happy childhood years, his more traumatic adolescence and his transformation into the perfect Conservative parliamentary candidate. He'll also be discussing his love of music and books, and revealing the luxury that was a surprise even to Sue Lawley.

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

Favourite track: O Giusto Cielo (Lucia Di Lammermoor) by Gaetano Donizetti
Book: The Small House At Allington by Anthony Trollope
Luxury: Oval cricket ground replica and bowling machine

Music Played

8 items
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    George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

    Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

    Music From The Film Manhatten, CBS

  • June Bronhill The Holy City

    The HMV Classical 50 Vol 2, HMV

  • Image for Diana Ross & The Supremes

    Diana Ross & The Supremes The Happening

    Tair

  • Image for Gaetano Donizetti

    Gaetano Donizetti O giusto cielo (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

    Soloist: Joan Sutherland Orchestra: The Orchestra Of The Academy Of St Cecilia Rome Conductor: John Pritchard

    Lucia Di Lammermoor, Decca

  • Image for Popper

    Popper Elfin Dance

    Soloist: Alexander Dedyukhin Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

    Rostropovitch/Dedyukhin: Cello Works Brahms/Popper, HMV

  • Image for John Arlott

    John Arlott Cricket Commentary By John Arlott

    BBC Archive Disc, BBC Archive Disc

  • Image for Sir Edward Elgar

    Sir Edward Elgar Pomp & Circumstance March

    Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent

    The World Of England, Decca

  • Image for Frank Sinatra & Count Basie

    Frank Sinatra & Count Basie The Best Is Yet To Come

    It Might As Well Be Swing, Reprise

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