iPlayer Radio What's New?

Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 30 Nov 1986

Yes Minister actor

Nigel Hawthorne is now very well-known as Secretary to the Cabinet in the television series Yes, Prime Minister. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his childhood in South Africa, dropping out of Cape Town University to become an actor, the move to England, the Theatre Royal, Stratford East with Joan Littlewood and eventual fame.

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

Choices

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

1.

Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive

Richard Tauber

2.

Richard Tauber

You Are My Heart's Delight

Others who chose this artist

Myvanwy Jenn

4.

Myvanwy Jenn

Keep The Home Fires Burning

John Denver

5.

John Denver

Rocky Mountain High

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Hölle Rache (from The Magic Flute)

Soloist: Florence Foster Jenkins

Others who chose this artist

Giuseppe Verdi

7.

Giuseppe Verdi

Dies irae (from Requiem Mass)

Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan + Chorus

Others who chose this artist

Book

Teach yourself French by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Pencil and paper

Others who chose a similar luxury

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.