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Sir Denis Forman

Sue Lawley's castaway is former Chairman of Granada Sir Denis Forman.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the former Chairman of Granada Television Sir Denis Forman. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the delights and disasters of a highly eccentric upbringing in Scotland and about his experiences in Italy during the war, where he lost a leg. Also, as the first producer of What the Papers Say, and the originator of the highly popular Jewel in the Crown, he'll be discussing the difficulties of making television programmes which are simultaneously popular and good.

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

Favourite track: Concerto No 21 in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Book: Raj Quartet by Paul Scott
Luxury: Satellite dish and TV set

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 8 Mar 1991 09:05

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Overture

    Orchestra: The Berlin State Opera Orchestra

    • The Meistersingers Of Nuremberg Overture.
    • HMV.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major

      Soloist: Murray Perahia Orchestra: The English Chamber Orchestra

      • Mozart: Piano Concertos.
      • CBS.
  • John Field

    Nocturne No 7 In C

    Soloist: Rena Kyriakou

    • John Field Concertos.
    • Vox.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    English Suite No. 2 in A minor - 5th movement

    Soloist: Martha Argerich

    • Bach: Partita No 2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Symphonic Wind Band

    Caison's March

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Soave sia il vento (from Cosi fan tutte)

    Soloist: Yvonne Minton, Margaret Price, Hans Sotin Orchestra: The New Philharmonia Orchestra

    • Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte.
    • HMV.
  • Wally Badarou

    The Dachstein Angels

    • Words Of A Mountain.
    • Island.
  • Brian Gascoigne

    Comfort Ye (from Rock Messiah)

    Soloist: Madelaine Bell

  • Book Choice

    • Raj Quartet - Paul Scott

  • Luxury Choice

    • Satellite dish and TV set

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