Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4

Society & Culture, Personal Journals

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Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island


Prof Hugh Pennington

July 12th, 2009

Episode 53 of 567 episodes

Kirsty Young's castaway is Professor Hugh Pennington. Professor Pennington has spent his life trying to understand diseases and how they spread. He has chaired two major enquiries into E. coli, and his influence is felt everywhere from school kitchens to hospital wards. But he concedes that in his own home, efforts to ban the humble tea towel from his kitchen have so far failed. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Sonata in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach Book: The Cabinet Cyclopedia by Dionysius Lardner Luxury: Brass microscope.

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