Kirsty Young's castaway is actress Joanna Lumley.
Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actress Joanna Lumley. She first found fame as the high-kicking glamour-puss Purdey in the 1970s show The New Avengers, but the role that cemented her in the nation's psyche was Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous. A striking beauty with a cut-glass accent she had, until then, been cast as a certain sort of sexy toff. Yet in AbFab she stole the show as a shallow, free-loading, alcoholic has-been - famous for her towering chignon and withering one-liners.
Along with displaying a formidable comic talent, it was a role that toyed cleverly with her public persona, hinting at her own beginnings as a model at the precise moment in the 1960s when London really started to swing. As she contemplates being marooned, she abandons the make-up and glamour of her on-screen life and embraces island living - collecting firewood, eating from shells and preparing her evening fire before the moon rises and she chooses the eight tracks that she would like to hear during a single island day.
[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]
Favourite track: Symphony No 7 in A Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: A huge atlas
Luxury: Video camera + film.
Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Bernard Haitink
- The Battle of the Breeze: a Celebration of the Sailor.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major
Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
- Beethoven: Symphonies Nos 4 & 7.
- Deutsche Grammophon.
- The Best Christmas ever!.
Perchè tarda la luna? (from Turandot)
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Rome Opera House Conductror: Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
- Turandot (Highlights).
Girl Of My Best Friend
- Always on My Mind.
Nat King Cole
- Capitol Sings Hoagy Carmichael.
Symphony No. 2 in D major
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli
- Sibelius Symphony No 2.
A huge atlas
Video camera and film
|Interviewed Guest||Joanna Lumley|
- Sun 13 May 2007 11:15
- Fri 18 May 2007 09:00