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John Humphrys

John Humphrys

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First broadcast: Sun 06 Jan 2008

BBC journalist and presenter

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the broadcaster and journalist John Humphrys. For 21 years he has been at the helm of Today, Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme. Millions of devoted listeners enjoy his tenacious interviewing style - and it's won him a healthy respect from politicians too. Not all are supporters though; Jonathan Aitken accused him of "poisoning the well of democratic debate" - an attack which he initially thought would cost him his career.

Now, his life is dominated not only by the alarm bell - which is set for 3.58am - but by his youngest son, Owen. When John Humphrys describes the joy and warmth the seven-year-old has brought him, he becomes, if only temporarily, lost for words.

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

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Ella Fitzgerald

1.

Ella Fitzgerald

Manhattan

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

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Pendyrus Male Choir

2.

Pendyrus Male Choir

Myfanway

Performer: Pendyrus Male Choir

Duke Ellington

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Duke Ellington

Take the A Train

Performer: Duke Ellington

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Don McLean

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Don McLean

Vincent

Performer: Don McLean

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Teal Choir

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Teal Choir

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika

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Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Concerto in D major - 2nd movement

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Sir Edward Elgar

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Sir Edward Elgar

Cello Concerto in E minor - 1st movement

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

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Jerry Lee Lewis

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Great Balls of Fire

Performer: Jerry Lee Lewis

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Luxury item

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