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Dame Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell

Dame Joan Bakewell

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 09 Aug 2009

Broadcaster

Kirsty Young's castaway is the broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell. Born in Stockport in 1933, it was in the 1960s that she first started to shape the cultural agenda, interviewing the likes of Kingsley Amis and Stockhausen for the radical BBC TV show Late Night Line-Up. It was also during the 1960s that she had an affair with Harold Pinter, a relationship which inspired his play Betrayal. Looking back on it now from the age of 76, she says, "We always said we had a damn good time".

Now appointed as the Voice of Older People by Gordon Brown, her passion for debate and social change is as strong as ever. She says she has always regarded the world to be improved and is not afraid of being called a wishy-washy liberal. "It's a good thing to do," she says, "you feel you can be part of change."

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

Choices

Thomas Tallis

2.

Thomas Tallis

Spem In Alium

Choir: Tallis Scholars Conductor: Peter Phillips

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Richard Strauss

3.

Richard Strauss

Marie Theres'! Hab' mir's gelobt (Act 3 Trio) (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Soloist: Christa Ludwig, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf & Teresa Stich-Randall

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Peggy Lee

4.

Peggy Lee

Where Or When (from Babes In Arms)

Artist: The Benny Goodman Sextet

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Bob Dylan

5.

Bob Dylan

Blowin' in the Wind

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Franz Peter Schubert

6.

Castaway's favourite

Franz Peter Schubert

String Quintet in C Major

Soloist: Mstislav Rostropovich Orchestra: Emerson String Quartet

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William Shakespeare

7.

William Shakespeare

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summers Day? (Sonnet 18)

Performer: Judi Dench

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Benjamin Britten

8.

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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Book

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

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Luxury item

An abundance of paper and pencils

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 13 May 1972

Journalist

Plomley's castaway is broadcaster Joan Bakewell.

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

Soloist: Henryk Szeryng and Peter Rybar

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Hector Berlioz

2.

Hector Berlioz

Women's Chorus

Orchestra: Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

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Johannes Brahms

3.

Johannes Brahms

String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major

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Giuseppe Verdi

6.

Giuseppe Verdi

Si, pel ciel (Oath duet) (from Otello)

Soloist: Mario Flippeschi, Tito Gobbi

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Sonja Kristina

7.

Sonja Kristina

Frank Mills (from Hair)

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Nicola Moscona & Robert Shaw

8.

Castaway's favourite

Nicola Moscona & Robert Shaw

Mefistofele (Prologue)

Book

The collected works by James Joyce

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Luxury item

Yellow Lamborghini

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