Kenneth Williams appeared on Desert Island Discs twice. The first interview was in 1961 - the 22nd of May - when Roy Plombly was the interveiwer. The format of the program is as the title describes: If you were marooned on a desert island, which ten things would you take with you to keep you company, including a luxury item, and a book. Virtually anybody who is anybody has been on the show, and the first time Kenneth appeared was on the 545th show.
Here are Kenneth's ten choice records form that first show:
- Ovalle, 'Azulalao' - Gerald Souzay
- Beethoven, Sonata No. 26 in E flat (Opus 81a) - Guimar Novaes, piano
- Buxtehude, Prelude and Fugue in G minor - Fiss Videro, organ
- My Love is like a red, red rose - Kenneth McKellar
- Bach, Brandenburg Concert No. 6 in B flat Major - Yehuidi Menuhin, violin/ Bath Festival Chamber Orchestra
- Schumann, 'Charisma' (from Carnival, Opus 9) - Geza Anda, piano
- Brahams, 'O how amiable are thy dwellings' (from a German Requiem) - St. Hedwigs' Cathedral Chior, Berlin/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Kempe
- Clear Bright Morning (from After the Ball) - Vanessa Lee
Unfortunately this show no longer exists in the BBC archive, however the recording of the second time he appeared, interviewed by Michael Parkinson, does, and I shall be bringing you details of this soon.
- Luxury item: Michelangelo's Apollo
- Book: The Collected Works of George Bernard Shaw