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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

    Baroness Hale of Richmond, former judge.

    Baroness Hale of Richmond, former judge.

    Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, is a former judge who served as the first female president of the Supreme Court. In 2019 she announced the court’s judgement that the prorogation of Parliament was ‘unlawful, void and of no effect’. The twinkling spider brooch she wore that day caused a sensation and set social media aflame. She was the first woman and the youngest person to be appointed to the Law Commission and in 2004 became the UK’s first woman law lord.

    Lady Hale was born in Yorkshire and read law at the University of Cambridge where she graduated top of her class. She spent almost 20 years in academia and also practised as a barrister. Later at the Law commission she led the work on what became the 1989 Children Act.

    Lady Hale retired as a judge in January 2020.

    DISC ONE: Messiah - Part 1: O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion, composed by Georg Friedrich Händel, performed by Kathleen Ferrier and The London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult
    DISC TWO: Love Me Do by The Beatles
    DISC THREE: Move Him Into The Sun. Composed and conducted by Benjamin Britten. Performed by Peter Pears (tenor) and Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano) with the Bach Choir and the London Symphony Orchestra
    DISC FOUR: Part 1 Nos 4 & 5: Gloria in excelsis Deo – Et in terra pax. Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner
    DISC FIVE: The Marriage of Figaro), K. 492 Sull'Aria. Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by sopranos Charlotte Margiono and Barbara Bonney, Netherlands Opera Chorus and the Concertgebouw Orchestra
    DISC SIX: Hand in Hand by Glória (Ireland’s Gay and Lesbian Choir)
    DISC SEVEN: Parry: I Was Glad, composed by Hubert Parry, performed by Westminster Abbey Choir, Simon Preston (organ) and conducted by William McKinney
    DISC EIGHT: Dies Irae. Composed by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Swedish Radio Choir and the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Claudio Abbado

    BOOK CHOICE: A Desert Island survival manual
    LUXURY ITEM: A solar-powered computer with sudoku puzzles and a writing application
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Part 1 Nos 4 & 5: Gloria in excelsis Deo – Et in terra pax, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists, conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

    • 38 min
    Michael Holding, cricketer

    Michael Holding, cricketer

    Michael Holding is a cricket commentator and former West Indies bowler. He’s widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of international cricket. In July 2020 when rain stopped play during the television coverage of a Test Match, he gave an unscripted four minute monologue on institutional racism in sport and society in the wake of the death of George Floyd. His spontaneous eloquence won him widespread acclaim, including a Royal Television Society award.

    Michael was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1954 and grew up playing Catchy Shubby, an informal and fast-moving form of cricket, in scrubland behind his parents' home. He made his debut for Jamaica aged 18. Two years later he played in his first Test match for the West Indies and went on to become part of a team that would make sporting history – not losing a single series for 15 years. Michael earned the nickname ‘Whispering Death’ for his long quiet run-up and extremely fast deliveries, and many cricket experts believe he bowled the greatest over in Test history – to the English batsman Geoffrey Boycott in 1981 in Barbados.

    He retired from international cricket in 1987 and became a well-respected and straight-talking commentator on the game: he has said this is his last year in the commentary box and he plans to return to his home in the Cayman Islands.

    DISC ONE: Don't Make Me Over by Dionne Warwick
    DISC TWO: War by Bob Marley And The Wailers
    DISC THREE: Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba
    DISC FOUR: Color Him Father by The Winstons
    DISC FIVE: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
    DISC SIX: Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins
    DISC SEVEN: That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight And Stevie Wonder
    DISC EIGHT: Who the Cap Fit by Bob Marley And The Wailers

    BOOK CHOICE: Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela
    LUXURY ITEM: A football
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: That’s What Friends Are For by Dionne Warwick Featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight And Stevie Wonder

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Katy Hickman
    Photo BBC / Amanda Benson

    • 36 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Lauren Bacall

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Lauren Bacall

    Roy Plomley talks to the actor Lauren Bacall in a programme first broadcast in 1979.

    • 28 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Charlie Watts

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Charlie Watts

    Sue Lawley talks to the Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died at the age of 80 on 24 August 2021. The programme was first broadcast in 2001.

    • 34 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Steve McQueen

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Steve McQueen

    Kirsty Young talks to the director Steve McQueen in a programme first broadcast in 2014.

    • 36 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Ruth Jones

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Ruth Jones

    Lauren Laverne talks to the actor and writer Ruth Jones in a programme first broadcast in 2019.

    • 33 min

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