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Kirsty Young's castaway is Lord Coe, former athlete and chairman of the London 2012 Olympic organising committee.

Kirsty Young's castaway is Sebastian Coe.

It is more than a quarter of a century since his rivalry with fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett enraptured the nation.

After retiring from the racetrack, he enjoyed a career in politics. Now, though, his focus is on the Olympics once again - not on individual medals this time, but ensuring the 2012 games in London are a success.

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

Record: The Closest Thing to Crazy, Katie Melua
Book: Such Sweet Thunder: Benny Green on Jazz
Luxury: A piano and guide to playing it.

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45 minutes

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Fri 18 Dec 2009 09:00

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  • Heather Small


    • Proud.
    • Arista.
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet

    The History of a Boy Scout

    • The History of a Boy Scout.
    • Philips.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Hölle Rache (from The Magic Flute)

    Soloist: Edda Moser

    • The Magic Flute.
    • Classics for Pleasure.
  • George Melly & Mick Mulligan

    There'll Be Some Changes Made

    • Meet Mick Mulligan & George Melly.
    • Lake.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Deep in a Dream

    • In the Wee Small Hours.
    • Capitol.
  • Lester Young

    Oh, Lady be good (from Lady, Be Good!)

    • Lester - Amadeus.
    • Phontastic.
  • Louis Armstrong

    West End Blues

    • Hot Five and Hot Seven 1925-1928.
    • Giants of Jazz.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Katie Melua

      The Closest Thing to Crazy

      • Call Off the Search.
      • Dramatico.
  • Book Choice

    • Such Sweet Thunder: Benny Green on Jazz - Benny Green

  • Luxury Choice

    • A piano and guide to playing it


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Sebastian Coe


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