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Desmond Morris

Desmond Morris

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 03 Oct 2004

Writer, Broadcaster, Zoologist

Sue's Lawley's castaway this week is the zoologist turned author and broadcaster Desmond Morris. He made his name with The Naked Ape first published in 1967 in which he persuasively argued the case for viewing man as a 'risen ape' rather than a 'fallen angel'. To him, humans should be observed like any other beast in the animal kingdom. The book has sold more than 12 million copies and has been translated into 23 languages. Dozens more books have followed including The Human Zoo, which compared the social problems of humans living in cities to the behaviour of stressed animals in a zoo.

He's also a successful artist - once holding the directorship of the Institute of Contemporary Arts - and he's exhibited his work at galleries around the world.

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

Choices

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

5.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Adoration of Veless and Ala (from Scythian Suite)

Orchestra: Le Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

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Alex Parks

8.

Castaway's favourite

Alex Parks

Imagine

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Book

The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard Burton

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Luxury item

Snorkel

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 08 Jan 1968

Zoologist

Roy Plomley's castaway is zoologist Desmond Morris.

Choices

Juerga Flamenca

1.

Castaway's favourite

Juerga Flamenca

Los Peces

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

3.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Scythian Suite

Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Conductor: Ernest Ansermet

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Pink Floyd

5.

Pink Floyd

Interstellar Overdrive

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Yiota Lidia

6.

Yiota Lidia

O Ouranos Einai Kleetos

Book

The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard Burton

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Snorkel mask

Others who chose a similar luxury

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