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Henry Blofeld

Henry Blofeld

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First broadcast: Sun 30 Nov 2003

Cricket commentator

This week Sue Lawley's castaway is the cricket commentator Henry Blofeld. Blofeld's become known as much for his musings on pigeons, planes, double decker buses, tea ladies, cakes and his catchphrase 'my dear old thing' as he is for his cricket commentary.

As a teenager he showed great promise as a cricketer and was even thought good enough to play for England until his dreams were dashed after a serious accident when his bike hit a bus. He dropped out of Cambridge and toyed with the idea of a career in merchant banking before realising his true vocation. Advised in his early years to 'paint a picture' for his listeners, 'Blowers' has since gone on to become a much-loved stalwart of the Test Match Special team.

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

Choices

Cory Drummond and Wodehouse

1.

Cory Drummond and Wodehouse

Eton Boating Song

Orchestra: Eton College Orchestra and Musical Society

Gilbert & Sullivan

2.

Gilbert & Sullivan

If you're anxious for to shine (from Patience)

Artist: D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

Others who chose this artist

Noël Coward

3.

Noël Coward

The Stately Homes of England

Others who chose this artist

Maurice Chevalier

4.

Maurice Chevalier

Thank Heaven For Little Girls

Others who chose this artist

Brian Johnston, Jonathan Agnew, John Arlott

5.

Castaway's favourite

Brian Johnston, Jonathan Agnew, John Arlott

Cricket commentary - BBC ARCHIVE

Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra

6.

Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra

Well Did You Evah?

Bud Flanagan

7.

Bud Flanagan

Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler?

Others who chose this artist

Victor Borge

8.

Victor Borge

Phonetic Pronunciation

Others who chose this artist

Book

A Pelican at Blandings by P G Wodehouse

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Personal photo album

Others who chose a similar luxury

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