Cecil Lewis

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is an author and adventurer. Now 93 years old, Cecil Lewis will be talking to Sue Lawley about his extraordinary career, embracing his time as a fighter pilot during the First World War, his brush with the Red Baron, and later how he helped Lord Reith set up the BBC, which he then left for Hollywood where he was to win an Oscar for his screenplay of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

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

Favourite track: Adagio No 5 by Gustav Mahler
Book: Sagittarius Surviving by C S Lewis
Luxury: Fax machine

Release date:

Available now

40 minutes

Last on

Fri 17 May 1991 09:05


Role Contributor
PresenterSue Lawley
Interviewed GuestCecil Lewis

Featured in...

The 75th anniversary of Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs at 75 1920x1080

Featuring David Beckham, the funniest and most moving moments, animations and quizzes.

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

The Lark Ascending – The People’s Desert Island Disc

Why does Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece appeal to so many castaways?