Kirsty Young talks to castaway and former Bletchley girl Pamela Rose.
Kirsty Young's castaway is Pamela Rose.
Now aged 97, she was a Bletchley Girl who spent her war years working in total secrecy, painstakingly indexing snippets of information that would prove vital to the the war effort. Alan Turing and his fellow cryptanalysts would eventually break the Enigma Code and it's said that this breakthrough shortened the war by two years.
Born into a musical family, she first took to the stage at boarding school. Pamela's lifelong ambition to be an actress was interrupted by the war and the invitation to work at Bletchley. Despite finding the work in the indexing section of Hut 4 something of a disappointment at first, she and her fellow workers still managed to have fun and she met her husband Jim at a hop when he asked her to dance. They married after the war and it wasn't until nearly sixty years later and after Jim's death that she would finally achieve her dream of acting on the West End stage.
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La ci darem la mano from Don GiovanniPerformer: Barbara Bonney. Performer: Håkan Hagegård.
- Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart.
The Voyage to Bethlehem
- Le Fiacre.
Cyril Cusack & Siobhan McKenna
Let you wait to hear me talkin' from the Playboy of the Western World
- The Playboy of the Western World.
Night and Day
- Cheek to Cheek.
We'll leave the orchids for Lucretia from the Rape of LucretiaPerformer: Kathleen Ferrier. Performer: Anna Pollack. Performer: Margaret Ritchie. Performer: English Opera Group. Performer: Reginald Goodall.
- The Rape of Lucretia.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No 10 in G major, op 14 no 2Performer: Denis Matthews.
- Denis Matthews: Beethoven Sonatas Nos. 10 & 23.
Summertime from Porgy and BessPerformer: Harolyn Blackwell. Performer: Glyndebourne Chorus. Performer: The London Philarmonic. Performer: Sir Simon Rattle.
- Porgy And Bess.
- EMI classics.
Piano Sonata in B flat, D. 960Performer: Alfred Brendel.
- Schubert Piano Sonata in B Flat, D 960 / Fantasy in C...
Collected Poems of T.S.Eliot
A very comfortable four-poster bed with a mackintosh roof
|Interviewed Guest||Pamela Rose|
- Sun 31 May 2015 11:16
- Fri 5 Jun 2015 09:00