Absent Friends [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

Episodes

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Fenella Fielding2017020520181209 (BBC7)

From Cleo Laine to Dizzy Gillespie. Fenella Fielding shares her castaway choices.

Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive

Ken Dodd20181223

Ken Dodd shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley, including Perry Como, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Stevie Wonder and Nat King Cole.

Then aged 62, the comedian looks back to his early years in Knotty Ash, and his continued attachment to the Liverpudlian suburb where people are "supreme optimists".

He also recalls his interest in ventriloquism, itching powder and reveals the inspiration behind his famous tickling stick.

Producer: Olivia Seligman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

Ken Dodd shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive

Neil Simon1995051420181216 (BBC7)

New York playwright Neil Simon tells Sue Lawley about his life and work.

Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive

Stephen Hawking20181202

The world renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking tells Sue Lawley about his life and work.

Stephen remembers growing up in St Albans, a "ridiculously easy" physics course at Oxford University, where he didn't fully apply himself, and his dark and apocalyptic mood when motor neurone disease was diagnosed in 1963.

The prospect of an early death made Stephen realise that life was worth living and he threw himself into his work, which includes the discovery of Hawking radiation and the best-selling A Brief History Of Time.

His music selections range from Mozart's Requiem in D Minor (his favourite) to Edith Piaf's Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, a song which sums up his life.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day 1992.

Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive

V S Naipaul20181230

shares his castaway choices with Roy Plomley.

Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive