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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Jill Balcon

Jill Balcon

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 14 Oct 2007

Film and stage actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actress Jill Balcon. She has the voice of an old friend - and it's not surprising, she was a BBC radio announcer during the war and has been acting and performing poetry consistently since. Poetry has always played a central role in her life. She was only 12 years old when she first saw the poet Cecil Day Lewis. He had come to judge a poetry-reading competition at her school and although he was more than 20 years her senior, he was, she says, the most beautiful man she had ever seen.

They were married for more than 20 years. Since his death in 1972, she has maintained her own acting career, continued raising their children - the acclaimed cookery writer Tamasin and Oscar-winning actor Daniel - and also worked hard to preserve his legacy.

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

Choices

Franz Schubert

1.

Franz Schubert

Auf dem Wasser zu singen (To be Sung upon the Water), D774

Composer: Franz Schubert

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto in B flat major - 3rd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Ralph Vaughan Williams

3.

Castaway's favourite

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 5 in D major - 3rd movement

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

4.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 - 3rd movement

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Peter Cook

5.

Peter Cook

Sitting on the Bench

Performer: Peter Cook

Others who chose this artist

Charles Trenet

6.

Charles Trenet

La Mer

Performer: Charles Trenet

Others who chose this artist

Leos Janacek

7.

Leos Janacek

String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

Composer: Leos Janacek

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald

8.

Ella Fitzgerald

Let's Do It

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

Others who chose this artist

Book

Complete Works by Thomas Hardy

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A barrel of Guerlain Jicky perfume

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 18 Aug 1945

Film and stage actor

Roy Plomley's castaway is actress Jill Balcon.

Choices

Dennis Cox

1.

Dennis Cox

My Lagen Love

Performer: Dennis Cox

Ralph Vaughan Williams

2.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Wasps Overture

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

3.

Franz Schubert

Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat major

Composer: Franz Schubert

Others who chose this artist

Jean Sablon

4.

Jean Sablon

Sur le Pont D'Avignon

Performer: Jean Sablon

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

6.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata No. 68: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Maurice Ravel

7.

Maurice Ravel

Jeux d'eau

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Others who chose this artist

Giuseppe Verdi

8.

Giuseppe Verdi

Bella figlia dell'amore (from Rigoletto)

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Others who chose this artist

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