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Ken Russell

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 22 February 1987

Ken Russell has directed many films, including Women in Love, The Music Lovers, The Boyfriend and Gothic, his latest. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he recalls his childhood in Southampton, going to naval college, life in the Merchant Navy, making amateur film which led to him working on Monitor for BBC television, and his eventual move into the making of feature films.

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

Favourite track: Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song Of The Earth) No 5 by Gustav Mahler
Book: The Prelude by William Wordsworth
Alternative to Bible: None - Bible not taken
Luxury: Quart of brandy

Music Played

8 items
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    Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra Something's Coming

  • Image for Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

    Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra If I Had Napoleon's Hat (Aunt Sally)

  • Image for Sir Arnold Bax

    Sir Arnold Bax The Garden Of Fand

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

    Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra By Strauss

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Favourite Track

    • Image for Gustav Mahler

      Gustav Mahler Der Trunkene im Frühling (from Das Lied von der Erde)

      Soloist: Rene Kolllo Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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    D'Indy On A French Mountain

    Soloist: Robert Casadesus Orchestra: Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Image for Mel Tormé

    Mel Tormé Mountain Greenery

    Artist: Al Porcino & Orchestra

Credits

Presenter
Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest
Ken Russell

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