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The Interrogation - Series 3 - 1. Colin

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Ken Russell

Ken Russell

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 22 Feb 1987

Film director

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]

Choices

Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra

1.

Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra

Something's Coming

Performer: Larry Kent & Broadway Orchestra

Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

2.

Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

If I Had Napoleon's Hat (Aunt Sally)

Performer: Cicely Courtneidge & Orchestra

Arnold Bax

3.

Arnold Bax

The Garden Of Fand

Composer: Arnold Bax

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

4.

Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

By Strauss

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald & Nelson Riddle Orchestra

Sir Edward Elgar

5.

Sir Edward Elgar

Symphony No. 2 in E flat major

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

Others who chose this artist

Gustav Mahler

6.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

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

Composer: Gustav Mahler

Others who chose this artist

D'Indy

7.

D'Indy

On A French Mountain

Performer: D'Indy

Mel Tormé

8.

Mel Tormé

Mountain Greenery

Performer: Mel Tormé

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Others who chose this author

Religious text

None Taken

Luxury item

Quart of brandy

Others who chose a similar luxury

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