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Marti Caine

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor and musician Marti Caine.

This week's castaway in Desert Island Discs is the entertainer Marti Caine. Although her public life is one as comedienne, television presenter, star of a sit-com series, singer and glamorous pantomime performer, Marti Caine's private life is one that is very different. Her father died when she was seven, she was taken into care before she was 10, her first marriage broke up, and then, about four years ago, she was diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the lymph glands. She talks about the way in which she's coped with all these things and the way her sense of humour helped her through.

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

Favourite track: Thanksong by Dave Grusin
Book: A DIY manual
Luxury: Do-it-yourself solar-powered kit

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40 minutes

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Orchestra: The London Philharmonic

    • Works By Prokofiev Ravel & Gershwin.
    • EMI.
  • The Choir And Congregation Of The Royal Naval Chapel

    People That On Earth Do Dwell

    • Sing With Us/20 Favourite Hymns.
    • Abbey.
  • Andrew Timothy

    The Shipping Forecast

    • BBC Home Service 1956.
    • BBC Radioplay.
  • Thornhall


    Choir: The Singers Unlimited

    • The Singers Unlimited/ Four Of Us.
    • Basf.
  • Toto


    • Toto/ Past To Present (1977-1990).
    • CBS.
  • Tony Hancock

    Test Pilot Sketch (from Hancock's Half Hour)

    • Golden Hour Of Tony Hancock.
    • Golden Hour.
  • Helen Reddy


    • Helen Reddy/Free And Easy.
    • Capitol Records.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Dave Grusin


      • Dave Grusin/Mountain Dance.
      • GRP.
  • Book Choice

    • A DIY manual

  • Luxury Choice

    • Do-it-yourself solar-powered kit


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Marti Caine


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