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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is a man who has, on occasion, been described as the Mr Fixit of British public life. Arnold Goodman started off his professional life as a bright young North London solicitor, and, through a capacity for skilful negotiation and judicious advice, became the confidante of some of the most eminent political figures of post-war Britain. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his experience of Prime Ministers and politics, as well as his passion for opera, which, as a director of the Royal Opera House, he has been able to indulge to the full.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: O Namenlose Freude by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: Who's Who
Luxury: An enormous box of chocolate ginger