Adventurers [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

Episodes

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Ann Daniels2016101620200712 (BBC7)
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From Abba to Nina Simone, polar explorer Ann Daniels shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Chris Bonington2016100220200628 (BBC7)
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From Salad Days to Joan Baez, mountaineer Chris Bonington shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Salad Days to Joan Baez. Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

In a climbing career spanning 48 years, Chris has stood astride British mountaineering 'like a hairy colossus', climbing and leading expeditions as well as photographing and writing about them.

Along the way he's seen many friends perish on the mountains and more than once narrowly escaped death himself.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 1999.

Joe Simpson2016100920200705 (BBC7)
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From Joy Division to Etta James, mountaineer Joe Simpson shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Joy Division to Etta James. Mountaineer and author Joe Simpson shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Born in Kuala Lumpur in 1960, Joe showed an early adventurous spirit and love of sport at school. But it was only after reading the classic account of attempted ascents on the Eiger - 'The White Spider' - by Heinrich Harrer that he developed an interest in his future passion.

Joe famously tackled a previously unconquered route up Siula Grande - a peak in the Peruvian Andes. This climb was to make his name – with his partner Simon Yates making the first successful ascent of the mountain's west face. But they hit difficulties after Joe shattered his leg on their descent. The actions that Simon subsequently took caused controversy.

Yet told he’d never climb again, Joe wasn't to be thwarted...

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 2004.

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From Johannes Brahms to Barry White. Polar explorer Pen Hadow shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley

Pen Hadow made polar history in 2003 by becoming the first man to walk solo and unsupported the 478 miles from the northern coast of Canada to the North Pole.

It was the culmination of a death-bed pledge. He had made a commitment immediately after his father's death that he would prove the family name by succeeding in the challenge - described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as the "greatest endurance feat left on earth". He'd made two unsuccessful attempts at the ordeal before succeeding.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2004.

From Johannes Brahms to Barry White, polar explorer Pen Hadow shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Simon Murray2016103020200726 (BBC7)
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From Annie Lennox to Giacomo Puccini.

Adventurer and businessman Simon Murray shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

What many of us would struggle to do over three life-times he has managed in one - as a teenager, nursing a broken heart and determined to prove himself, he joined the French Foreign Legion. Fighting in the Algerian war, he risked his life many times over; combat was at close quarters and was very bloody.

Next, he set his sights on business - he ran some of the most well-known companies in South East Asia and was one of Chris Patten's key allies during the handover of Hong Kong. Then, in his 60s and looking for a new challenge, he chanced upon the idea of polar adventure, and went on to become the oldest person to walk unsupported to the South Pole.

But after all this, his greatest achievement, he says, is his marriage. Perhaps it's no surprise that his wife of 43 years, Jennifer, is the first woman to have flown a helicopter solo around the world. These days their three children try to curb their enthusiasm for dangerous pursuits. But, Simon snorts, the couple simply say: "we're not listening."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2009.

From Annie Lennox to Giacomo Puccini, the adventurer shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

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