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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

Cirque du Soleil

1.

Cirque du Soleil

Alegria

Performer: Cirque du Soleil

Others who chose this artist

Muggsy Spanier

2.

Muggsy Spanier

Relaxin' at the Touro

Performer: Muggsy Spanier

Others who chose this artist

Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich

3.

Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich

Drum Battle

Performer: Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich

Others who chose this artist

Marlene Dietrich

4.

Marlene Dietrich

Go Away From my Window

Performer: Marlene Dietrich

Others who chose this artist

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

5.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Adoration of Veless and Ala (from Scythian Suite)

Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

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Zap Mama

6.

Zap Mama

Sabsylma

Performer: Zap Mama

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Radiohead

7.

Radiohead

Paranoid Android

Performer: Radiohead

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Alex Parks

8.

Castaway's favourite

Alex Parks

Imagine

Performer: Alex Parks

Others who chose this artist

Book

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

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Snorkel

Others who chose a similar luxury

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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

Performer: Juerga Flamenca

The Beatles

2.

The Beatles

Yesterday

Performer: The Beatles

Others who chose this artist

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

3.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Scythian Suite

Composer: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Others who chose this artist

Marlene Dietrich

4.

Marlene Dietrich

Go Away From My Window

Performer: Marlene Dietrich

Others who chose this artist

Pink Floyd

5.

Pink Floyd

Interstellar Overdrive

Performer: Pink Floyd

Others who chose this artist

Yiota Lidia

6.

Yiota Lidia

O Ouranos Einai Kleetos

Performer: Yiota Lidia

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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