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David Suchet

David Suchet

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First broadcast: Sun 08 Feb 2009

Poirot actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actor David Suchet. He has won armfuls of awards for his work - most recently an Emmy for his portrayal of Robert Maxwell - but he is best known for the character he has been associated with for 20 years, Hercule Poirot.

His approach to his work is meticulous and he says he has to inhabit each role he takes on. In this illuminating interview he recalls how, early in his career, a psychologist showed him how to shed his character at the end of each performance otherwise, he found, the edges between his own life and those of the person he was playing became blurred.

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

Choices

Christopher Gunning

1.

Christopher Gunning

The theme to Poirot

Performer: Christopher Gunning

Others who chose this artist

Frankie Vaughan

2.

Frankie Vaughan

You'll Never Walk Alone

Performer: Frankie Vaughan

Others who chose this artist

Dave Brubeck

3.

Dave Brubeck

Take Five

Performer: Dave Brubeck

Others who chose this artist

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

4.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto in D major

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Others who chose this artist

Nat King Cole

5.

Castaway's favourite

Nat King Cole

When I Fall In Love

Performer: Nat King Cole

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

7.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem in D minor - Lacrymosa

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Paul Elliott

8.

Paul Elliott

Planctus David

Performer: Paul Elliott

Book

Magnum Magnum by Brigitte Lardinois

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

His clarinet and an unlimited supply of reeds

Others who chose a similar luxury

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