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Frank Kermode2017070920200816 (BBC7)
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From Handel to Strauss. Literary critic Frank Kermode’s shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

One of the most influential teachers of his age, Frank is credited with bringing the new literary theory of Structuralism to this country. Something, as he admits to Sue Lawley, he now profoundly regrets.

He traces his life, "lived like tumbleweed in the wind", from a short-sighted, studious boy growing up on the Isle of Man to King Edward Professor of English Literature at Cambridge University.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1997.

From Handel to Strauss, Frank Kermode shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

01Dawn French2017062520200802 (BBC7)
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From Alison Moyet to James Taylor. Dawn French shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Alison Moyet to James Taylor. Comedy star Dawn French shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Dawn's career started back when dungarees were considered a legitimate fashion choice and she's built her reputation on borderline surreal skits and glowingly warm characterisations.

Brought up in a forces family, she had to move schools a lot and found making people laugh helped to make them her friends. Since then it's made her a household name and she may be moments away from becoming a 'national treasure'.

Double act partner, sit-com star, sketch show performer, writer, actor, Dawn has made us laugh for years. So does she ever feel overwhelmed by people's expectations?

She says "I tell myself that I'm the sort of person who can open a one-woman play in the West End, so I do.... I am the sort of person who writes a book - so I do".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2012.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

02Frank Kermode1997090720170709 (BBC7)From Handel to Strauss, Frank Kermode shares his castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

03Anthony Minghella2017070220200823 (BBC7)
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20200828 (BBC7)
From Bach to Van Morrison. Film director Anthony Minghella shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

04Roy Dotrice2017071620200830 (BBC7)
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20200904 (BBC7)
From Frank Sinatra to Dylan Thomas. Actor Roy Dotrice shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Stage, film and TV actor Roy Dotrice OBE shares his castaway choices with Roy Plomley.

Born in Guernsey in 1923, the versatile performer featured in early episodes of BBC Radio's long-running comedy 'The Men from the Ministry'.

He won a Tony award for the 2000 Broadway revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 1977.

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive

Selected gems from the BBC's Desert Island Discs archive