iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Beryl Vertue

Listen now 45 mins

Listen in pop-out player

Beryl Vertue

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 20 January 2013

TV producer Beryl Vertue is Kirsty Young's castaway on Desert Island Discs.

In the famously fickle world of telly where last year's hero is this year's zero she has stood the test of time. Indeed in TV circles the noun "vertuosity" is defined as "the ability to make enormously successful sitcoms for British television and then sell the formats to the American market".

The cast list of her working life is a who's who of quality broadcasting and includes Jack Lemmon, Galton & Simpson, Frankie Howerd, Jack Nicholson and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch.

She started out typing Goon Show scripts in the mid 50s, accidentally became an agent, and as a producer she has risen to the very top of her industry, with hits including the rock musical Tommy, the sit-com Men Behaving Badly and the drama series Sherlock.

She says "it's terribly important not to know too many rules. If you know rules and obstacles you spend a lot of time dealing with them. If you don't know there's a rule you just do it."

Producer: Alison Hughes.

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Elton John

    Elton John Pinball Wizard

    Original soundtrack Recording Tommy, POLYDOR

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini Nessun Dorma

    Performer: The Three Tenors

    The Three Tenors in Concert, DECCA

  • Image for Glenn Miller

    Glenn Miller Moonlight Serenade

    The Ultimate Glenn Miller, RCA BLUEBIRD

  • Image for Bee Gees

    Bee Gees The Morning of My Life

    One Night Only (Includes Bonus CD), POLYDOR

  • Image for Broadway cast from Chorus Line

    Broadway cast from Chorus Line One (reprise) / Finale

    A Chorus Line – Original Broadway Cast Recording, COLUMBIA

  • Image for Elaine Paige

    Elaine Paige Don’t Cry for me Argentina

    Evita – Original London Cast Recording, MCA

  • Image for The London Session Orchestra

    The London Session Orchestra SHERlocked

    Sherlock Series Two – soundtrack, Silva Screen

  • Image for Louis Armstrong

    Louis Armstrong What a Wonderful World

    50 Years Of The Greatest Hit Singles – Platinum Collection, VIRGIN

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Beryl Vertue

Broadcasts

Podcasts

  1. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  2. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  3. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  4. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  5. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  6. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  7. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  8. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  9. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  10. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  11. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  12. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  13. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  14. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  15. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  16. Image for Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Kirsty Young asks castaways to choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss