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Desert Island Discs - 12/12/2010


Kirsty Young's castaway week is the aviator, inventor and arts patron, Sir Torquil Norman. He comes from a family where derring-do is in the DNA - his grandfather was a pioneering airman, his grandmother an adventurer and his father also a keen pilot. Torquil ended up in the toy trade where the skills needed were, he says, a close attention to detail combined with the outlook on life of a seven year old. He was, he admits, perfectly qualified. In retirement he set about his biggest project - he bought a disused railway engine shed and raised tens of millions of pounds to safeguard its future as a venue for performing arts and a centre for young people.

Music

Broadcasts

  • 2010-12-12 11:15:00 - 2010-12-12 12:00:00 on Radio 4 FM, Radio 4 LW,
  • 2010-12-17 09:00:00 - 2010-12-17 09:45:00 on Radio 4 FM,