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Sir Robin Day

Sue Lawley's castaway is political commentator Sir Robin Day.

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is Sir Robin Day. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about going with his father to hear Churchill speak at a political rally when he was a boy, recalling his days at post-war Oxford, the early days at ITN and his long association with politicians in front of the microphone.

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

Favourite track: The Drinking Song by Giuseppe Verdi
Book: The Oxford Book of English Verse
Luxury: Magnums of champagne

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40 minutes

Last on

Fri 26 Jan 1990 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (Brindisi) (from La traviata)

      Soloist: Placido Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

      • The Essential Domingo/ Popular Songs And Arias.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Flanagan and Allen

    Underneath The Arches

    • Flanagan & Allen.
    • Contour.
  • Winston Churchill

    This was their Finest Hour (speech, 18 June 1940)

    • A Selection From His Famous Wartime Speeches.
    • HMV.
  • Artie Shaw and His Orchestra

    Begin The Beguine

    • Begin The Beguine.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) (from Carmen)

    Soloist: Teresa Berganza Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    • Passeport Pour L'Opera.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Fats Waller

    I Can't Give You Anything But Love

    Artist: Una Mae Carlisle

    • Ain't Misbehavin'/ The Classic.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Hoagy Carmichael


    • Hoagy Carmichael/ The Classic.
    • BBC Records.
  • William Shakespeare

    This day is called the feast of Crispian (from Henry V)

    Artist: Sir Laurence Olivier

    • Scenes From Shakespeare.
    • RCA Classics.
  • Book Choice

    • The Oxford Book of English Verse

  • Luxury Choice

    • Magnums of champagne


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Robin Day


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