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Sir Terence Conran

Sir Terence Conran

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First broadcast: Sun 01 Sep 1996

Businessman, Interior designer

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the designer and entrepreneur Terence Conran. He first came to fame with the Habitat store which introduced British shoppers to consumer delights like the chicken brick and the duvet. Now considered one of the country's most successful restaurateurs - he currently owns seven restaurants and is involved in designing another 17 - he'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his original foray into the restaurant world. His first venture was called The Soup Kitchen - and, misled by its name, attracted all the local tramps on its opening night.

He'll also be describing how Picasso bought one of the first chairs he designed. Finally, he'll be talking about how, after a somewhat tumultuous personal life, he now feels he has achieved some sort of equanimity.

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

Choices

Johann Pachelbel

2.

Johann Pachelbel

Canon in D major

Choir: English Concert and Choir Conductor: Trevor Pinnock

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Gregorio Allegri

3.

Gregorio Allegri

Miserere

Choir: King's College Choir

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Markus Reinhardt

4.

Markus Reinhardt

Nuages

Soloist: Django Reinhardt

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George Frideric Handel

5.

George Frideric Handel

Music for the Royal Fireworks - Overture

Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

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Desmond Dekker

7.

Desmond Dekker

You Can Get It If You Really Want It

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Keith Jarrett

8.

Castaway's favourite

Keith Jarrett

The Köln Concert Part 1

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Book

History of the World by H G Wells

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Luxury item

An endless supply of A4 paper and 4B pencils

Others who chose a similar luxury

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