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Prunella Scales

Prunella Scales

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 31 May 1992

Fawlty Towers actor

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of the country's favourite actresses - Prunella Scales. She's most easily recognised as Sybil Fawlty, wife of John Cleese, the manic hotelkeeper in the television series Fawlty Towers, but it's a role which represents a very small part of all she's done. Since her debut in Bristol 40 years ago, she has never been out of work, and recently she's scaled new heights with her portrayal of the Queen in Alan Bennett's A Question of Attribution. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the problems associated with playing such a well-known and much-loved figure, and also about the rest of her long and successful career.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

St John Passion - Ruht wohl ihr heiligen Gebeine

Orchestra: 16 Orchestra & Choir Conductor: Harry Christophers

Others who chose this artist

Vincenzo Bellini

2.

Vincenzo Bellini

Vien diletto e in ciel la luna (from I Puritani)

Artist: Maria Callas Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Richard Bonynge

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

3.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major

Artist: George Zukerman Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Thomas Beecham

Others who chose this artist

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

4.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Symphony No. 3 in C minor

Orchestra: Scottish National Orchestra Conductor: Neeme Jarvi

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Franz Schubert

5.

Franz Schubert

Trokne Blumen (from Die Schöne Müllerin)

Soloist: Ian Partridge

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Yvonne Printemps & Pierre Fresnay

6.

Yvonne Printemps & Pierre Fresnay

Je Ne Suis Pas Ce Que L'On Pense

Henry Purcell

7.

Henry Purcell

Belinda's Aria (from Dido and Aeneas)

Artist: Isobel Baillie & The London Philharmonia

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William Shakespeare

8.

William Shakespeare

Hamlet

Artist: John Gielgud

Others who chose this artist

Book

Complete works in German by William Shakespeare

Others who chose this author

Book

The Bible in Russian by

Others who chose this author

Book

Russian dictionary by

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Luxury item

A huge tapestry kit

Others who chose a similar luxury

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