Desert Island Discs (1989)

‘Desert Island Discs’ is one of BBC Radio 4’s most popular and enduring programmes. Created by Roy Plomley in 1942, the format is simple: each week a guest is invited by the presenter to choose eight records to take to a desert island. Dirk was one of the few guests to have appeared on the show twice. He was first interviewed by Roy Plomley in 1964 and subsequently by Sue Lawley in 1989.

Sadly the 1964 episode is missing from the BBC archive, along with many programs that were wiped and recycled due to the high cost of the tapes and storage. If anyone happens to have this episode then please contact The Dirk Bogarde Estate.

Dirk at Kings School, Rochester

31st December 1989

with Sue Lawley

1. Finale of Act Two of Puccini’s Tosca, sung by Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi
2. ‘La fileuse’ played by Yvonne Arnaud with string orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli. from LP Glorious John
3. Third movement of Franck‘s Symphony in D minor, played by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Giulini)
4. ‘Je t’aime’, from LP Les triomphes d’Yvonne Printemps
5. Fourth movement of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, divlayed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (Bernstein)
6. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat, played by Lazar Berman with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Giulini)
7. Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Maazel)
8. ‘New York, New York’, played by the Boston Pops Orchestra (Williams)

Outright Choice: the Mahler (theme music to Death in Venice)
Book: Akenfield by Ronald Blythe
Luxury Object: A distillery

Serious Publicity Still

28th September 1964

with Roy Plomley

1. Liszt’s Consolation in D flat played by Jorge Bolet
2. Oscar Straus’s ‘C’est la saison d’amour’ from Les trois valses, sung by Yvonne Printemps
3. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat and ‘Hungarian Fantasy’, played by Jorge Bolet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (Stoloff)
4. Gordon Jenkins’s ‘The Worst Kind of Man’, sung by Judy Garland,from LP The Letter
5. ‘Vilja’ from Lehár’s The Merry Widow, sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf with the Philharminic Orchestra (Matacic)
6. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, played by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra (Walter)
7. ‘Hello Dolly’ from Jerry Herman’s Hello Dolly, sung by Carol Channing
8. ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face’ from Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady, sung by Rex Harrison

Outright Choice: the Beethoven
Book: The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
Luxury Object: ‘Conversation Piece’, John Singer Sargent’s painting of the Sitwells