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John Sessions

John Sessions

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 25 Feb 1990

Actor, Comedian

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is, by his own account, very difficult to classify - his talents span comedy, writing, acting and improvisation. He has appeared in the television adaption of Porterhouse Blue and can be heard on Spitting Image as the voice of Norman Tebbitt and Lord Olivier. He has also appeared in the West End as Napoleon, as well as playing nearly forty supporting roles. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his meteoric rise to fame since he abandoned the academic world just eight years ago.

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

Choices

Giacomo Puccini

1.

Giacomo Puccini

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Soloist: Maria Callas

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Johannes Brahms

2.

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Soloist: Vladimir Ashkenazy Orchestra: The Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Otis Redding

3.

Otis Redding

I've Been Loving You Too Long

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Edward Elgar

4.

Edward Elgar

Enigma Variations - Theme

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

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Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 - 3rd movement

The Fitzwilliam Quartet

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William Faulkner

6.

William Faulkner

Acceptance Speech For Nobel Prize For Literature 1950

Gustav Mahler

8.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection' -5th movement

Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra

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Book

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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Luxury item

A 78rpm record of The Laughing Policeman (to smash on the rocks)

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