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Sir Michael Caine

Kirsty Young's castaway is Sir Michael Caine.

Kirsty Young's castaway this Christmas is Sir Michael Caine.

In a film career that has spanned more than four decades he has won two Oscars; his credits include Alfie, The Italian Job, Hannah and Her Sisters and Educating Rita.

As well as discussing his remarkable life in films, he describes how the Queen used to cut through his back garden on her way to the horse races, discusses the secrets of a happy marriage and reveals the tricks for cooking perfect roast potatoes this Christmas.

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

Record: My Way, by Frank Sinatra
Book: The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
Luxury: A large bed with 50 per cent goose down and 50 per cent feather pillows.

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45 minutes

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Christmas Day 2009 08:00

Music Played

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  • Coldplay

    Viva La Vida

    • Now 71.
    • EMI.
  • Elbow

    One Day Like This

    • The Seldom Seen Kid.
    • Fiction.
  • Edward Elgar

    Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36: Variation IX "Nimrod"

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras

    • Desert Island Discs 1942-1992.
    • BBC.
  • Chicane

    No Ordinary Morning

    • The Best of Chicane 1996-2008.
    • Modena.
  • Bent

    Swollen

    • Swollen.
    • Sport.
  • Phyllis Nelson

    Move Closer

    • Move Closer.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

  • John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band

    Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

    • John Lennon: Lennon Legend.
    • Parlophone.
  • Book Choice

    • The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

  • Luxury Choice

    • A large bed with fifty per cent goose down and fifty per cent feather pillows.

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Michael Caine

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