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Sir Roy Strong

Sir Roy Strong, historian and gardener, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the historian, gardener and diarist Sir Roy Strong.

He stormed the establishment in the 1960s - a proto-meritocrat, in possession of a sharp mind, fizzing ambition and a brown velvet frock coat.

An avowedly unhappy and clever child he turned first to history and then art for stimulation and solace, setting down a template for a working life that would lead him to be the youngest ever director of the National Portrait Gallery and, later, to run the The Victoria and Albert Museum. Such early success left him with a fundamental problem - having fulfilled his wildest dreams by the age of 38 - what was he to do with the rest of his life? He would go on to publish his diaries and together with his wife Julia, created a garden at his home in Herefordshire, the Laskett.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

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Fri 17 Oct 2014 09:00

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Crown Imperial from the Coronation March

    Performer: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Sir Charles Groves.
    • Walton – Spitfire Prelude and Fugue.
    • EMI.
  • Vanessa Lee & Harry James and His Orchestra

    Someday my heart will awake (from King's Rhapsody)

    • A tribute to Ivor Novello.
    • Music for Pleasure.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The final from Sleeping Beauty

    Performer: Kirov Orchestra.
    • Sleeping Beauty.
    • Philips.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The finale of Act 2 Scene 1 from Gloriana

    Performer: Josephine Barstow. Performer: Orchestra and Chorus of the Welsh National Opera. Performer: Charles Mackerras.
    • Gloriana.
    • ARGO.
  • Sybil Thorndike

    Ellen Terry

    • People Past and Present.
    • Fontana.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Edward Elgar

      Theme from the Enigma Variations

      Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • Andrew Davis: Enigma Variations.
      • Signum.
  • The Kinks

    Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

    • The singles Collection.
    • Sanctuary.
  • Liverpool Cathedral Choir, Massed Choirs from Merseyside, Liverpool Cathedral Brass Ensemble, Ian Tracey & Ian Wells

    For all the saints who from their labours rest

    • Your Favourite Hymns.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Book Choice

    • The Oxford Companion to the Garden - Patrick Taylor

  • Luxury Choice

    • His custom-built tricycle


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Roy Strong
Producer Cathy Drysdale


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