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David Dimbleby

David Dimbleby

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 24 Feb 2008

BBC journalist and presenter

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the broadcaster David Dimbleby. When he was born, in 1938, his father Richard was already a national institution. Richard recorded reports from bombers flying over Germany, went to Belsen at the end of the war and, of course, commentated on the funeral of King George VI and subsequent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In Desert Island Discs, David tells Kirsty how his father had tried to steer him away from journalism. But he believes that it is a job that is addictive and so it was perhaps inevitable that he would become part of the fifth generation of Dimblebys to pursue a career in the media.

He is best known for the big state events - he has anchored the BBC's general election coverage since 1979 and commentated during the funerals of both Princess Diana and the Queen Mother - throughout them all, he says, his method is not to think of the audience of millions, but instead to imagine himself sitting on a sofa, next to just one viewer, saying as little as he needs to in order to explain what is happening.

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

Choices

Franz Peter Schubert

1.

Franz Peter Schubert

String Quintet in C major - 2nd movement

Orchestra: The Lindsays

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Kate Dimbleby Band

2.

Castaway's favourite

Kate Dimbleby Band

Song that You'd Like

David Lloyd

4.

David Lloyd

Anabelle Lee

Ivry Gitlis

5.

Ivry Gitlis

Sonata for Solo Violin

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Benjamin Britten

6.

Benjamin Britten

Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes - Dawn

Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden Conductor: Benjamin Britten

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George Frideric Handel

7.

George Frideric Handel

Non disperar, chi sa? (from Giulio Cesare)

Soloist: Danielle de Niese Orchestra: The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Conductor: William Christie

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Henry Purcell

8.

Henry Purcell

When I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) (from Dido and Aeneas)

Orchestra: The Band of The Irish Guards

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Book

Collected essays by Michel de Montaigne

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Luxury item

A collection of drawing books, pencils and varnish

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 27 Apr 1974

BBC journalist and presenter

Roy Plomley's castaway is journalist and broadcaster David Dimbleby.

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor

Soloist: Otto Buchner, Edgar Shann Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra Conductor: Sviatoslav Richter

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Henry Purcell

2.

Henry Purcell

Frost Scene (from King Arthur)

Soloist: Trevor Anthony Orchestra: Philomusica Of London Conductor: Lewis

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Richard Dimbleby

4.

Richard Dimbleby

The Lying In State Of HM King George VI

Johann Sebastian Bach

5.

Johann Sebastian Bach

St John Passion - Ich folge dir

Choir: Chorus Viennensis

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Giuseppe Verdi

7.

Giuseppe Verdi

Dies irae (from Requiem Mass)

Orchestra: Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

8.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: Herbert Menges

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Book

The Oxford English Dictionary by

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Luxury item

Havana cigars

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