The 1000th edition of this: on Sat 20 Dec 1969: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009y0ss Viscount Montgomery of Alamein Roy Plomley's castaway is field marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Lots of biographical info from Monty because as usual this format seems to do rather a good job in drawing the interviewee out. Favourite track: Sei Nicht Bos/Don't be cross (from Der Obersteiger) by Carl Zeller sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Very interesting other choices too) Book: The History of Warfare by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (His own book ) - 28.30mins in he apologies for this "very horrifying" choice and explains why. Ponders how we can stop people fighting. Luxury: Piano (Because he says he wants to learn to play and was always very sorry that he never had the time) And at IWM: (Though not currently available to view online) : http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1030022768 11 ms letters written by Montgomery between November 1969 and September 1970 to Roy Plomley, presenter of the long-running BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs, concerning Montgomery's appearance on the 1000th show and other radio programmes which he made shortly afterwards, as well as 4 ts letters from Plomley to Montgomery. There is also one Christmas card, dated 1970, from Montgomery to Plomley. Similarly some biographical info on Monty is discussed at : http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/49901-al-murrays-great-life-monty/ Al Murray on Bernard Montgomery : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03brkdx "In defeat, unbeatable; in victory, unbearable" - so said Winston Churchill on this week's Great Life, Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. Many would argue that he was Britain's greatest field commander since Wellington - arrogant, hard to like but undeniably successful - one of the most, perhaps the most, conspicuously successful British commander of the Second World War. He was a national celebrity. In this edition of Great Lives - Al Murray - comedian and TV personality best known for his character of 'The Pub Landlord' champions Monty - and Al starts off by showing presenter Matthew Parris his action figure doll of the man."