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Cecil Lewis

Sue Lawley's castaway is writer and explorer Cecil Lewis.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is an author and adventurer. Now 93 years old, Cecil Lewis will be talking to Sue Lawley about his extraordinary career, embracing his time as a fighter pilot during the First World War, his brush with the Red Baron, and later how he helped Lord Reith set up the BBC, which he then left for Hollywood where he was to win an Oscar for his screenplay of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion.

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

Favourite track: Adagio No 5 by Gustav Mahler
Book: Sagittarius Surviving by C S Lewis
Luxury: Fax machine

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 17 May 1991 09:05

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    The Light of Life

    • Elgar; The Light Of Life.
    • HMV.
  • Georges Bizet

    Au fond du temple saint (from The Pearl Fishers)

    • Bizet: The Pearl Fishers.
    • EMI.
  • Greek Singers

    A Sergeant Called Stamoulis

    • O Etamoyahe O Noxias.
    • Minos.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

    • Strauss; Der Rosenkavalier (Highlights).
    • Decca.
  • Bob Newhart

    The Driving Instructor

    • The Best Of Bob Newhart.
    • Pickwick Music.
  • Anna Vissi


    • Oi Enityxies The Xponiae.
    • (CBS).
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gustav Mahler

      Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

      Performer: Janet Baker. Performer: New Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
      • Mahler; Symphony No 5.
      • HMV.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - The Lord's Prayer

    • Metropolitan Of Paris.
    • HMV.
  • Book Choice

    • Sagittarius Surviving - Cecil Lewis

  • Luxury Choice

    • Fax machine


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Cecil Lewis


  • Sun 12 May 1991 12:15
  • Fri 17 May 1991 09:05

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