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Sir Norman Wisdom

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actor and comedian Sir Norman Wisdom. His cloth cap and tight-fitting jacket became his screen trademark in the 1950s and 1960s and characters like Norman Pitkin won him fans all over the world. Sir Norman talks to Sue Lawley about a career that's spanned more than 60 years and chooses eight records to take with him the mythical island.

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

Favourite track: Don't Laugh at Me 'Cos I'm a Fool by Norman Wisdom
Book: Reach for the Skies by Sir Douglas Bader
Luxury: Pot of stew with two dumplings

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45 minutes

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  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Norman Wisdom

      Don't Laugh at Me 'Cos I'm a Fool

      • Wisdom of a Fool.
      • See for Miles.
  • Mario Lanza

    The Drinking Song

    • The Mario Lanza Collection.
    • RCA.
  • Norman Wisdom

    Follow a Star

    • Follow a Star from film.
    • Top Rank.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Nancy With the Laughing Face

    • 25 Sweethearts of Yesteryear.
    • ASV.
  • Gracie Fields

    The Dicky Bird Hop

    • Gracie Fields 1928-1938.
    • BBC.
  • Norman Wisdom

    Falling in Love

    • Norman Wisdom with Rick Wakeman.
    • Ambient.
  • Norman Wisdom & Joyce Grenfell

    Narcissus

    • Wisdom of a Fool.
    • See for Miles.
  • Norman Wisdom

    Writing a Song

    • Norman Wisdom with Rick Wakeman.
    • Ambient.
  • Book Choice

    • Reach for the Skies - Sir Douglas Bader

  • Luxury Choice

    • Pot of stew with two dumplings

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Norman Wisdom

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