Friday 7 April 2017

Kenneth Connor's 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.  

It has frustrated me for some time that Kenneth Connor's programme has not been available to listen to again online, however all that has changed now. Kenneth was Roy Plomley's castaway on 22 June 1964, over fifty years ago. It is fascinating to hear Kenneth as himself, rather than one of his many wonderful comedy voices or performances. He comes across as a very serious, thoughtful and intelligent man and the entire programme is a delight. 

You can listen to Kenneth Connor's Desert Island Discs here

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