Richard Madeley

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Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Richard Madeley. It's 20 years since he opened the first edition of ITV's This Morning programme with his wife Judy Finnigan and, in the years since, pretty well everyone has sat on their sofa, from Madonna to Tony Blair, from the Clintons to, notoriously, OJ Simpson. Today, Richard Madeley is the epitome of a certain kind of smooth charm. In this frank interview though, he describes how he wasn't always so confident: he used to be so anxious about holding a conversation with his colleagues that he'd make excuses to hide himself away. He was in his 20s when he decided to become, he says, embarrassingly frank. He recognised how both his father and grandfather had deliberately stifled their own emotions and decided that he would be healthier and happier giving voice to them.

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

Favourite track: Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald
Book: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Suzanna Clarke
Luxury: Guitar.

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45 minutes

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Fri 13 Mar 2009 09:00


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PresenterKirsty Young
Interviewed GuestRichard Madeley

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