Kevin Whately on Desert Island Discs & Front Row BBC Radio 4.


Hello everyone and welcome to a post on appearances by Kevin Whately on the long running BBC radio 4 show, Desert Island Discs and Front Row another excellent BBC Radio 4 show.

Desert Island Discs is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was first broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme on 29 January 1942.

Each week a guest, called a ‘castaway’ during the programme, is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices.

Front Row is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 that has been broadcast since 1998. The BBC describes the programme as a “live magazine programme on the world of arts, literature, film, media and music.” It is broadcast each week day between 7.15 pm and 7.45 pm. This episode was presented by Mark Lawson. The interview was on 30th Apr 2010

As regards to Desert Island Discs I have noted the music chosen and illustrated it with a video from Youtube where possible. The music videos can be found after the two radio show videos below. The show was recorded in 20th Sep 1996.

Ralph McTell: An Irish Blessing.

No video found for the above song.

Bedrich Smetana:
Má vlas

Owen Brannigan:
Cushie Butterfield

Joan Armatrading:
Everybody Got To Know

Davy Spillane:
Midnight Walker

Salif Keita:

Run For Home

Jean Sibelius:
Symphony No. 1 in E minor

I hope you enjoyed this post. Take care.

Author: Chris Sullivan

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