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David Suchet

Kirsty Young's castaway is actor David Suchet.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the actor David Suchet. He has won armfuls of awards for his work - most recently an Emmy for his portrayal of Robert Maxwell - but he is best known for the character he has been associated with for 20 years, Hercule Poirot.

His approach to his work is meticulous and he says he has to inhabit each role he takes on. In this illuminating interview he recalls how, early in his career, a psychologist showed him how to shed his character at the end of each performance otherwise, he found, the edges between his own life and those of the person he was playing became blurred.

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

Favourite track: When I Fall In Love by Nat King Cole
Book: Magnum Magnum by Brigitte Lardinois
Luxury: His clarinet and an unlimited supply of reeds.

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • Christopher Gunning

    The theme to Poirot

    • The A to Z of British TV Themes Vol 3.
    • Play It Again.
  • Frankie Vaughan

    You'll Never Walk Alone

    • Peace Brother Peace/You’ll Never Walk Alone.
    • Chapter One.
  • Dave Brubeck

    Take Five

    Artist: Joe Morello

    • The Essential Dave Brubeck.
    • Columbia.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto in D major

    Soloist: Leonid Kogan Orchestra: The Grand Symphony Orchestra of Radio & Television Conductor: Vasily Nebolsin

    • Kogan/ Paganini/Sarasate/Tchaikovsky: Violin Works.
    • Revelation.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Nat King Cole

      When I Fall In Love

      • 20 Golden Greats.
      • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto in A major

    Soloist: Gervase de Peyer Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Peter Maag

    • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem in D minor - Lacrymosa

    Soloist: Felicity Lott, Della Jones, Keith Lewis, Willard White Orchestra: The London Philharmonic + Choir Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst

    • Mozart: Requiem.
    • EMI.
  • Paul Elliott

    Planctus David

    • Monastic Song-12th Century Monophonic Chant.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Book Choice

    • Magnum Magnum - Brigitte Lardinois

  • Luxury Choice

    • His clarinet and an unlimited supply of reeds

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest David Suchet

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