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June Whitfield

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor June Whitfield.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is one of the most familiar and best-loved figures of British comedy over the last 40 years - June Whitfield. Whether as Eth, with her boyfriend Ron, in the Glums in the 1950s, or June, with Terry Scott, in Terry and June, her consummate professionalism has brought laughter and fun to millions of people. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her early career as well as her most recent one as what has been described as Britain's answer to Jane Fonda, presenting a keep-fit TV programme for the over-60s.

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

Favourite track: The Trolley Song by Judy Garland
Book: A do-it-yourself manual
Luxury: Supply of cocoa butter and hat

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 4 May 1990 09:05

Music Played

  • Frank Sinatra

    Luck Be My Lady Tonight

    • A Man and his Music.
    • Reprise.
  • Noël Coward

    Alice Is At It Again

    • At Las Vegas.
    • CBS.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Judy Garland

      The Trolley Song

      • Judy Garland: Over The Rainbow.
      • Starlite.
  • Nat King Cole


    • The Romantic World Of Nat King Cole.
    • The Entertainer.
  • Joyce Grenfell

    Old Tyme Dancing

    • The Joyce Grenfell Collection.
    • One-Up.
  • Frank Crumit

    The Prune Song

    • Everybody's Best Friend.
    • Conifer.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Nessun dorma

    Soloist: Luciano Pavarotti

    • Classics II.
    • Decca.
  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

    • The Cole Porter Songbook Vol 1.
    • Verve.
  • Book Choice

    • A do-it-yourself manual

  • Luxury Choice

    • Supply of cocoa butter and hat


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest June Whitfield


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