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Desert Island Discs - Betty Driver

Veteran Coronation Street actress Betty Driver joins Kirsty Young to choose her Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran Coronation Street actress Betty Driver.

For more than forty years she's been pulling pints and dishing up her hot-pot in the Rovers Return. But her career in showbusiness started decades before she took up residence on Britain's most famous street.

She was a child when her mother put her on the stage and she toured the country with an act that showcased her stunning singing voice - it brought success but not happiness. "I did it for over twenty years," she says, "and hated every day of it." Although she has been working now for an incredible 80 years, she says: "I just love work and I will never retire. They'll have to shoot me to get rid of me!"

Record: Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat Minor. Book: Rebecca by Daphne du Murier Luxury: Eau de Soir perfume by Sisley

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 9:00AM Fri, 28 Jan 2011
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 11:15AM Sun, 23 Jan 2011
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  • Duration 45 minutes

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