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John Major

Sue Lawley's castaway is the Prime Minister John Major.

Few people will be surprised to hear that the castaway in this week's special 50th anniversary edition of Desert Island Discs is the Prime Minister John Major. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his very happy childhood years, his more traumatic adolescence and his transformation into the perfect Conservative parliamentary candidate. He'll also be discussing his love of music and books, and revealing the luxury that was a surprise even to Sue Lawley.

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

Favourite track: O Giusto Cielo (Lucia Di Lammermoor) by Gaetano Donizetti
Book: The Small House At Allington by Anthony Trollope
Luxury: Oval cricket ground replica and bowling machine

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40 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Orchestra: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Zubin Mehta

    • Music From The Film Manhatten.
    • CBS.
  • June Bronhill

    The Holy City

    • The HMV Classical 50 Vol 2.
    • HMV.
  • Diana Ross & The Supremes

    The Happening

    • Tair.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gaetano Donizetti

      O giusto cielo (from Lucia di Lammermoor)

      Soloist: Joan Sutherland Orchestra: The Orchestra Of The Academy Of St Cecilia Rome Conductor: John Pritchard

      • Lucia Di Lammermoor.
      • Decca.
  • Popper

    Elfin Dance

    Soloist: Alexander Dedyukhin Conductor: Mstislav Rostropovich

    • Rostropovitch/Dedyukhin: Cello Works Brahms/Popper.
    • HMV.
  • John Arlott

    Cricket Commentary By John Arlott

    • BBC Archive Disc.
    • BBC Archive Disc.
  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp & Circumstance March

    Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir Malcolm Sargent

    • The World Of England.
    • Decca.
  • Frank Sinatra & Count Basie

    The Best Is Yet To Come

    • It Might As Well Be Swing.
    • Reprise.
  • Book Choice

    • The Small House At Allington - Anthony Trollope

  • Luxury Choice

    • Oval cricket ground replica and bowling machine

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest John Major

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