Episodes

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Alan Ayckbourn1989091220160531 (BBC7)
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Playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn talks to Robin Ray about the music which stirs his emotions. Recorded in Scarborough.

In between his music choices, Alan remembers his musical father, recounts some of his successes and flops - and how he became the owner of a special cat.

Producer: Andrew Mussett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1992.

Playwright Alan Ayckbourn talks to Robin Ray about the music that makes him emotional.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1992.

Alan Coren1990091120180214 (BBC7)
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The humorist talks about the music that stirs his emotions, including Louis Armstrong.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Bernard Levin2014102120180131 (BBC7)
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The late broadcaster, author and journalist shares his favourite music and poetry.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Beryl Bainbridge1991090720180221 (BBC7)
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The novelist shares with Robin Ray her memories of listening to the family wireless.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Bryan Forbes1991080620160719 (BBC7)
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Film director, actor, screenwriter and novelist Bryan Forbes talks to Robin Ray about the music that moves him.

Recalling his life and career highlights, Bryan's selection includes the work of Puccini, John Barry and Elton John.

Producer: Emma Kingsley

Bryan Forbes CBE was born: 1926 and died 2013.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

The film director, actor, screenwriter and novelist Bryan Forbes talks to Robin Ray.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

David Puttnam1990091820160614 (BBC7)
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Film producer and educator David Puttnam talks to Robin Ray about the sounds which stirs his emotions.

Recalling his upbringing and looking back over his career, David's selection includes speeches by Robert de Niro and Teddy Kennedy.

Producer: Andrew Mussett
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

David Puttnam talks with Robin Ray about the sounds which stir his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Film producer and educator David Puttnam talks to Robin Ray about the sounds which stirs his emotions.

David Puttnam talks with Robin Ray about the sounds which stir his emotions.

Dudley Moore1992070720180307 (BBC7)
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The comedian talks to Jeremy Nicholas about the music that stirs his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

George Martin1992091520160524 (BBC7)
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Beatles record producer and composer Sir George Martin, talks to Jeremy Nicholas about the music which stirs his emotions.

In between his music choices, George looks back over his wide-ranging career.

From early classical music record making, through comedy records to signing The Beatles in 1962 - he reveals what it was like to work with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Born in 1926, Sir George Martin died in 2016.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1992.

Beatles producer and composer George Martin talks about music which stirs his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

In between his music choices, George looks back over his wide-ranging career. From early classical music record making, through comedy records to signing The Beatles in 1962 - he reveals what it was like to work with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Sir George Martin was born in 1926 and died in 2016.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in September 1992.

George Melly1992090820180314 (BBC7)
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Jazz singer George Melly talks about the music that stirs up his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Joan Bakewell1993072720180404 (BBC7)

The broadcaster talks about the music that makes her emotional.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Joanna Lumley1990081420180207 (BBC7)
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The actress and writer talks to Robin Ray about the music that stirs her emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

John Dankworth1991082720180704 (BBC7)

Jazz legend Johnny Dankworth shares those special music moments that move him with Robin Ray.

Recalling his life and career - the composer, musical director and saxophonist's selection ranges from Ravel to Jacqui Dankworth,

Sir John Dankworth CBE (1927 -2010)

Producer: Caroline Adams

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

From Ravel to Jacqui Dankworth, John shares those examples of music which move him.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Jonathan Miller2016080220180627 (BBC7)

Writer and theatre director, Sir Jonathan Miller talks to Jeremy Nicholas about those moments in music which send a shiver down his spine.

Recalling his life and career - Jonathan's selection ranges from Tchaikovsky to the gripping theme from Dick Barton - Special Agent.

Producer: Andrew Mussett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.

Sir Jonathan Miller explains why certain moments in music send a shiver down his spine.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Ken Russell1992092220180321 (BBC7)
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Film director Ken Russell talks about the music that makes him emotional.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Leslie Thomas1990082820160607 (BBC7)
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Leslie Thomas, Welsh born author of 'The Virgin Soldiers', talks to Robin Ray about the music which stirs his emotions.

In between his music choices, Leslie recalls becoming orphaned and life in a children's home, his national service and how he became a journalist and novelist.

Producer: Andrew Mussett
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1990.

Author of The Virgin Soldiers talks to Robin Ray about music which stirs strong emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Michael Aspel1992082520160726 (BBC7)
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TV and radio presenter Michael Aspel talks to Jeremy Nicholas about the music that moves him.
Recalling his life and precarious career path - including the strain of host Miss World - Michael's selection is very film-based and includes the theme from Gone With The Wind.

Producer: Andrew Mussett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1992.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Michael Aspel talks to Jeremy Nicholas about the music that moves him.

Michael Bentine1989091920161125 (BBC7)
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The comic actor explains why certain tracks have the power to send tingles down his spine.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Michael Winner1994062820180328 (BBC7)

Film director Michael Winner talks about the music that makes him emotional.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Ned Sherrin1995091220180411 (BBC7)

'I'm word-oriented rather than music-oriented.'

Ned Sherrin shares those moments in performance which send a shiver down the spine with Jeremy Nicholas.

From Cleo Laine to The Kinks, the writer/producer/director/broadcaster also looks back over his life and career.

Producer: Ray Abbott

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1993.

The showbiz all-rounder talks about the moments which stir his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Peter Skellern1991062520160621 (BBC7)
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Singer-songwriter and pianist, Peter Skellern talks to Robin Ray about the sounds which stirs his emotions.

Recalling his life and career, Peter's selection includes Ketty Lester, Phil Harris and commentary from a legendary Apollo spaceflight.

Producer: Andrew Mussett
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

Peter Skellern talks with Robin Ray about those sounds which stir his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Richard Ingrams1991071620160705 (BBC7)
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Former editor of 'Private Eye' and 'The Oldie' magazines, Richard Ingrams tells Robin Ray about music which stirs his emotions.

Recalling his life, career and the perils of lampooning the rich and famous, Richards selection includes Mozart, Delius and Bach.

Producer: Andrew Mussett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 1991

Richard Ingrams shares with Robin Ray the music that stirs his emotions.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Ronald Harwood1991072320160712 (BBC7)
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Distinguished writer of plays and screenplays, Sir Ronald Harwood tells Robin Ray about certain moments in music which send a shiver down his spine.

Recalling his life and career highlights, including The Dresser, his selection includes Stravinsky, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

Producer: Andrew Mussett

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1991.

Ronald Harwood tells Robin Ray about moments in music which send a shiver down his spine.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Roy Strong1991091020180228 (BBC7)
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The historian talks about the music that stirs his emotions, including Tchaikovsky.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.

Thora Hird1990000020180124 (BBC7)
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Thora Hird shares the evocative sounds, music and singing that move her to tears.

Musical, artistic or literary personalities share which pieces thrill them, and why.