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Peter Sallis

Kirsty Young's castaway is actor Peter Sallis.

Kirsty Young invites actor Peter Sallis to choose eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical desert island. As the unassuming Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine and the equally mild-mannered Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, Sallis brings to life a sepia-tinted Britain that barely seems to exist any more. Now aged 88 and with failing eyesight, no-one, he says, is more surprised at his success than himself: "I've been lucky enough to keep going and I realise now, though it's taken me nearly 100 years, that my voice is distinctive. I'm very lucky indeed."

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

Favourite track: The finale of Symphony No.5 in E flat Major by Jean Sibelius
Book: The collected works by P G Wodehouse
Luxury: No.7 Meccano outfit.

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45 minutes

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Fri 22 May 2009 09:00

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Soloist: Iona Brown Orchestra: The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Conductor: Neville Marriner

    • The World of Vaughan Williams.
    • Decca.
  • Lee Wiley


    • Night in Manhattan with Lee Wiley.
    • CBS.
  • Fats Waller

    Your Feet's Too Big

    • Your Feet’s Too Big.
    • RCA.
  • Gary Miller

    The Way You Look Tonight

    • The Way You Look Tonight/Dear Friend.
    • PYE.
  • Mario Castelnuovo‐Tedesco

    Concerto No 1 in D, Opus 99

    Soloist: John Williams Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Sir Charles Groves

    • Guitar Concertos by Rodrigo.
    • Sony.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 - 5th movement

    Orchestra: The Fitzwilliam String Quartet

    • Beethoven: String Quartet Op130.
    • Decca.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    All I Remember is You

    • Dance with Dorsey.
    • Parade.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Jean Sibelius

      Symphony No. 5 in E flat major - 3rd movement

      Orchestra: The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Neeme Jarvi

      • Sibeluis: The Symphonies.
      • D G.
  • Book Choice

    • The collected works - P G Wodehouse

  • Luxury Choice

    • No.7 Meccano outfit


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Peter Sallis


  • Sun 17 May 2009 10:00
  • Sun 17 May 2009 11:15
  • Fri 22 May 2009 09:00

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