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Desmond Carrington

Desmond Carrington (born 23 May 1926) is a UK-based actor and broadcaster, currently best known for his weekly Friday evening show, The Music Goes Round, on BBC Radio 2. His show went out on Sundays for 23 years from 1981 to 2004, when it moved to Tuesdays - then to Fridays. He currently lives in Perthshire, Scotland.

Carrington's first professional stage appearance was in 1942, when he played Cockney schoolboy Roberts in James Hilton's play Goodbye, Mr. Chips at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, opposite Noel Johnson, as Mr Chips - Johnson was the radio voice of Dick Barton.[1] Carrington was conscripted into the army a year later. At the end of World War II, he joined a British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) radio station in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

He returned to the UK a few years later and worked as a radio producer as well as acting on TV, where he became well known as Dr Anderson in Emergency – Ward 10. He also starred in two of the thirteen A Case For Dr. Morelle radio shows, in 1957, with Cecil Parker as the lead, and appeared as Uncle Jim in the 1967 Children's Film Foundation film Calamity the Cow, which starred a young Phil Collins. With Spencer Hale, Carrington presented Movie Go Round on the BBC Light Programme (now Radio 2) on Sunday afternoons in the 1950s.

His BBC Radio 2 programmes generally have a specific theme expanded on in the second half-hour, although occasionally Carrington will do a 'composer special', where every song has been written by a specific composer or lyricist. He introduces every show with the greeting "Evening all, from home in Perthshire," and then ends the show by saying "All right, Sam [his Abyssinian cat], you can go out in a minute!" He finally signs off before the news with "Bye just now!" His usual sign-off is "And, of course, thank you for having us [the "us" emphasised] at your place - and us always includes Sam, a pussy cat . . ."

From 7 January 2011 Carrington began to broadcast from his new home and studio in Perthshire.


  1. ^ Desmond Carrington and the Music Goes Round, BBC Radio 2, March 3, 2009

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