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Gerry Cottle

Roy Plomley's castaway is circus owner Gerry Cottle.

Gerry Cottle's latest circus is a fast-moving show with no ring-master and no animals, but it is very popular. In conversation with Roy Plomley, he recalls how he ran away from school to join a circus, how he made the jump from being a juggler to being a circus owner who toured many countries, and chooses the eight records he would take to the mythical island.

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

Favourite track: American Pie by Don McLean
Book: I Love You, Honey, but the Season's Over by Connie Clausen
Luxury: Juggling clubs

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40 minutes

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Fri 21 Sep 1984 09:05

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Don McLean

      American Pie

  • Johann Strauss

    Radetzky March

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

  • Bucks Fizz

    London Town

  • The Beatles

    Help!

    • Help!.
  • Mike Batt & The New Edition

    Summertime City

  • Gary Glitter

    Hello Hello, I'm Back Again

  • Franz Lehár

    Gold and Silver Waltz

    Orchestra: Johann Strauss Orchestra Of Vienna Conductor: Willi Boskovsky

  • Billy Smart's Television Circus Band

    Entry of the Gladiators

  • Book Choice

    • I Love You, Honey, but the Season's Over - Connie Clausen

  • Luxury Choice

    • Juggling clubs

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest Gerry Cottle

Broadcasts

  • Sat 15 Sep 1984 18:25
  • Fri 21 Sep 1984 09:05

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