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History of the Rain - Episode 5

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Richard Ingrams

Richard Ingrams

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 03 Aug 2008

Satirist, Editor

Kirsty Young's guest on Desert Island Discs this week is Richard Ingrams. Former editor and a founder of the satirical magazine Private Eye, he's one of the godfathers of contemporary British satire. Pseud's Corner, Dear Bill, and Colemanballs all originated with him at the helm. Now editor of The Oldie, he's still taking part in regular ideas meetings at Private Eye and says he wouldn't know what to do if he stopped working.

From a privileged and well-connected background he seemed an unlikely outsider, yet he's spent a lifetime pulling the rug from under the feet of the great and the good. It's often proved a risky route, bringing him into conflict with army recruiting sergeants, cabinet ministers and billionaire industrialists alike. One of four boys, his favourite childhood memories are of accompanying his mother on the piano while she played the violin. He met Willie Rushton at school when they worked on the school magazine and at Oxford he met Paul Foot and other Private Eye regulars contributing to more magazines - Parson's Pleasure and Mesopotamia.

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

Choices

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

1.

Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Cello Sonata in G minor - 3rd movement

Composer: Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

2.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12/1 - 2nd movement

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Fats Waller

3.

Fats Waller

Handful of Keys

Performer: Fats Waller

Others who chose this artist

Sir William Walton

4.

Sir William Walton

March (from the Battle of Britain)

Composer: Sir William Walton

Others who chose this artist

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

5.

Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

Goodbyee

Performer: Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor - 3rd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

7.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor - Gloria in excelsis

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Robert Schumann

8.

Robert Schumann

Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen (from Dichterliebe)

Composer: Robert Schumann

Others who chose this artist

Book

Teach yourself piano tuning by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Grand piano

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 22 Jan 1972

Editor of Private Eye, Satirist, Editor

Roy Plomley's castaway is editor of Private Eye Richard Ingrams.

Choices

Ludwig van Beethoven

1.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quintet No. 4 in G minor

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Johannes Brahms

3.

Johannes Brahms

Variations on the St Antoni Chorale

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Others who chose this artist

Richard Strauss

4.

Richard Strauss

September (from Four Last Songs)

Composer: Richard Strauss

Others who chose this artist

Harold Macmillan

5.

Harold Macmillan

She Didn't Say Yes, She Didn't Say No

Performer: Harold Macmillan

Others who chose this artist

Franz Schubert

6.

Franz Schubert

String Quintet in C major

Composer: Franz Schubert

Others who chose this artist

Sir Edward Elgar

7.

Sir Edward Elgar

Violin Concerto in B Minor

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Castaway's favourite

Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor - Gloria in excelsis

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Book

Teach yourself piano tuning by

Others who chose this author

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