Sunday 5 February 2017

Fenella's Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4 Extra


This morning the wonderful BBC Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting Fenella Fielding's episode of Desert Island Discs, originally recorded way back in 1967. It's now almost fifty years since Fenella was a castaway so what better reason to glory in the delights of her favourite records and some tales from her fascinating life and career?

This Desert Island Discs was recorded at the height of Fenella's Sixties fame with many brilliant stage performances, not to mention her starring role in the classic Carry On Screaming, behind her. Fenella is truly superb on radio, her terrific vocal talents really coming into their own. I listened to her episode yesterday, thanks to the brilliant Desert Island Discs archive, which I urge you to explore. 

I think after fifty years it's time for Fenella to make a return to the programme. As I've witnessed myself recently, Fenella is still very much a force to be reckoned with, with a great deal of energy going into her memoir shows at the Phoenix Artist Club. I would love it if Kirsty Young was to invite Fenella back to Desert Island Discs in 2017 for more fun and games. 

If you agree, you can let the BBC know what you think. Their Desert Island Discs website has a page which allows you to nominate a castaway. Perhaps fan power can see Ms Fielding back on that entertaining desert island! If you want to suggest Fenella as a castaway, visit the website here 

And you can listen to Fenella's show on BBC Radio 4 Extra here

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