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Lewis Gilbert

Kirsty Young's castaway is the film director Lewis Gilbert.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the film director Lewis Gilbert.

His career started in the 1920s when he was a child actor in silent movies. Over the next seven decades, he went on to direct Hollywood blockbusters as well as landmark British films. His directing credits include Reach for the Skies, Alfie, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine - as well as three Bond films. Depite his numerous successes, though, he remains haunted by the film he didn't make: he spent years working with Lionel Bart and planning how Oliver! might look... only for the project to slip through his fingers.

Record: I'll String Along with You
Book: A book of poems
Luxury: A football

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:00

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  • Elton John

    Friends

    • Rare Masters.
    • DJM Records.
  • Frederick Delius

    Brigg Fair

    Soloist: Owain Arwel Hughes Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra

    • A Song of Summer.
    • ASV.
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina

    Aguas de Marco

    • Elis and Tom.
    • Verve.
  • Sergei Rachmaninov

    Part of the Third movement of Second Symphony

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: André Previn

    • Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2.
    • EMI.
  • Sonny Rollins

    Alfie's theme

    • Alfie.
    • MCA.
  • Georgia Brown

    It's a Fine Life

    • Oliver – London production.
    • Deram.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The finale of the Firebird

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Simon Rattle

    • Stravinsky: The Firebird.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

  • Book Choice

    • Book of poems

  • Luxury Choice

    • Football

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Lewis Gilbert

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