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Joanna Lumley

Joanna Lumley

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 13 May 2007

Absolutely Fabulous actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actress Joanna Lumley. She first found fame as the high-kicking glamour-puss Purdey in the 1970s show The New Avengers, but the role that cemented her in the nation's psyche was Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous. A striking beauty with a cut-glass accent she had, until then, been cast as a certain sort of sexy toff. Yet in AbFab she stole the show as a shallow, free-loading, alcoholic has-been - famous for her towering chignon and withering one-liners.

Along with displaying a formidable comic talent, it was a role that toyed cleverly with her public persona, hinting at her own beginnings as a model at the precise moment in the 1960s when London really started to swing. As she contemplates being marooned, she abandons the make-up and glamour of her on-screen life and embraces island living - collecting firewood, eating from shells and preparing her evening fire before the moon rises and she chooses the eight tracks that she would like to hear during a single island day.

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

Choices

Richard Wagner

1.

Richard Wagner

Tannhäuser Overture

Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink

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Iestyn Edwards

2.

Iestyn Edwards

Tom Bowling

Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major

Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

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Giacomo Puccini

5.

Giacomo Puccini

Perchè tarda la luna? (from Turandot)

Orchestra: Orchestra of the Rome Opera House Conductror: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli

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Elvis Presley

6.

Elvis Presley

Girl Of My Best Friend

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Jean Sibelius

8.

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 2 in D major

Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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Book

A huge atlas by

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Luxury item

Video camera and film

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 13 Sep 1987

Actor

"The music of Rossini came into my life very early", says actress Joanna Lumley, "I loved him because his music is so happy". In conversation with Michael Parkinson, she recalls her upbringing in the Far East, a convent education and her subsequent theatrical career. She also chooses the other music to accompany Rossini on her sojourn to the desert island.

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

Choices

Paul Robeson

1.

Paul Robeson

Mary Had A Baby, Yes Lord

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Gioachino Rossini

2.

Gioachino Rossini

Semiramide

Soloist: Toscanini

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Frédéric Chopin

3.

Frédéric Chopin

Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72

Soloist: Tamas Vasary

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

5.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 39 in E flat major

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Gaetano Donizetti

6.

Gaetano Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor

Soloist: Maria Callas

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Max Bruch

7.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

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Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica' - 1st movement

Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

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Book

A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell

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Luxury item

Specially-commissioned John Ward painting of family & friends

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