Kirsty Young talks to Jeremy Hutchinson, former barrister and member of the House of Lords.
Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the former barrister and member of The House of Lords, Jeremy Hutchinson.
His life spans eleven decades of British history and he has spent much of it at the very centre of the action. Born during the First World War, he was brought up in the company of some of the greatest artists and writers of the day.
In World War II, he escaped his bombed-out ship clinging to a life raft with Lord Mountbatten.
At the Bar he played a central role in many of the seismic trials of the day - among them defending the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover against obscenity charges and Christine Keeler in the Profumo Affair trial. His brilliance in cross-examination inspired John Mortimer's creation of the character Rumpole of The Bailey.
He enjoyed two long marriages - his first to the actress Peggy Ashcroft, his second, for 40 years, to June Osborn, and he spent 23 years as an active member of The House of Lords.
He says, "I had the luck to live when the world of the Establishment was being dismantled. The whole of one's career was to do with what was going on in society."
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.