Sunday 12 June 2016

From the Archive: Kenneth Connor on Desert Island Discs

One of my favourite radio programmes has always been Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. I find it a fascinating listen. 

For over seventy years now a famous "castaway" is asked to choose several pieces of music that mean a lot to them. The premise is that they must choose music they would want to have with them if they were ever washed up on a desert island.

The choices of music, together with the conversation in between, is often deeply interesting, revealing and thoroughly entertaining. As this show has been running for so many years, it has of course meant that several Carry On actors have featured as guests. The BBC now have a wonderful archive of past shows available to listen to online. 

One of my recent discoveries is Kenneth Connor's show from 1964. Kenneth is always one of the most underrated of all the Carry On regulars and he seldom gave interviews as himself. This, therefore, is a very rare and important interview where we learn a bit more about Kenneth the man. You can listen to it here.

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