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Sue Lawley's castaway is politician Tony Benn.

Sue Lawley's castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is the Rt Hon Tony Benn MP.

He'll be discussing his long and turbulent career as one of this country's most eloquent socialists - he served in every Labour government of the 1960s and 1970s. He'll also be talking about the many stories that have always surrounded him: is it true, for example, that he is 'wired for sound' and records every conversation he has? And has he really drunk enough cups of tea in his lifetime to displace the QE2?

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

Favourite track: Madrigal by Stephen Benn
Book: Das Kapital by Karl Marx
Luxury: Kettle and teabags

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40 minutes

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Fri 20 Jan 1989 09:05

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  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Monk's Gate (Hymn tune 'He who would valiant be')

    Choir: The Worcester Cathedral Choir

    • Praise Ye The Lord.
    • Abbey.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sheep may safely graze (from Cantata No. 208)

    Soloist: Kirsten Flagstad Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • Decca.
  • Flanders and Swann

    Slow Train

    • At The Drop Of Another Hat.
    • Parlophone.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lord God of Abraham (from Elijah)

    Soloist: Paul Robeson

    • Proud Valley.
    • HMV.
  • Joan Baez

    Joe Hill

    • Woodstock-Music From Original Soundtrack.
    • Atlantic.
  • Mahalia Jackson

    We Shall Overcome

    • Mahalia.
    • Embassy.
  • Roy Bailey

    The World Turned Upside Down

    • That's Not The Way It's Got To Be.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Stephen Benn

      Madrigal

      • That's Not The Way It's Got To Be.
      • Acorn.
  • Book Choice

    • Das Kapital - Karl Marx

  • Luxury Choice

    • Kettle and teabags

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Tony Benn

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