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Bob Mortimer on Desert Island Discs was every bit as wonderful as you'd expect

“It always gives me goosebumps. It is just the two of us, alone and scared stiff.”

Bob Mortimer on Desert Island Discs was every bit as wonderful as you'd expect

Desert Island Discs is a national institution, a back catalogue stuffed full of sweet, funny and enlightening chats about life, music and more.

And this week’s edition, which saw Bob Mortimer as castaway, was no different. 

Mortimer opened up to host Lauren Laverne about many touching life experiences – including a performance at Leeds Arena after heart surgery in 2015.

“I’m so grateful to those 7,500 scary faces in Leeds because I was forced to go through that and to realise I was absolutely fine,” he said. Wearing a heart monitor, his doctor warned him to go off stage if his heart rate hit 153.

“It was about 160 after the first song we did, but I carried on. A lot of the problems are psychological after a heart operation,” he said.

And, in the spirit of the show, he revealed the track that he and comedy partner Reeves play before they go on stage – Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. “It always gives me goosebumps,” he said. “It’s just the two of us, alone and scared stiff.”

He also opened up about having lived in a homeless hostel, touching fans who had been in the same position. 

Mortimer also picked tracks by Joni Mitchell, the Beautiful South, The Who and Squeeze as he talked about how the death of his father caused him “30 years of crippling shyness”. 

The full list of tracks is as follows:

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)
  • Free – On My Way
  • Joni Mitchell – Down To You
  • Madness – It Must Be Love
  • The Who – The Punk And The Godfather
  • Squeeze – Some Fantastic Place
  • Kings of Leon – King Of The Rodeo
  • The Beautiful South – Hot on the Heels of Heartbreak

Twitter also revealed a rather fantastic Beautiful South-related fact about Bob:

You can listen to Bob’s appearance in full here.

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