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Russell Brand

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 July 2013

Russell Brand, comedian & actor, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Actor, comic, writer, Russell Brand is a compelling cultural phenomenon who in 2006 was, in his own words, "plucked from a life of hard drugs and petty crime and rocketed into the snugly carcinogenic glare of celebrity."

Along with an athletic wit and a florid turn of phrase he specialises in going too far - reckless acts of self-destruction and a degree of chaos seem to be his companions along life's winding path. It's been five years since he rocked the foundations of the BBC with what became known as the Ross Brand scandal. He's since gone on to international success with a movie career, best-selling books and all the trappings of life on the "A" list.

His most recent notable appearances have included testifying to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the importance of funding for drugs rehabilitation programmes and an appearance as a panellist on Question Time.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

Music Played

8 items
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    Amy Winehouse You Know I’m No Good

    (Single) You Know I’m No Good, Island Records

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  • Image for Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Red Right Hand

    Red Right Hand, Mute Records

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    The Libertines Tell The King

    up the bracket, Rough Trade

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    Ravi Shankar with family & friends I am missing you

    Shankar Family and Friends, Dark Horse

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    Nirinjan Kaur Triple Mantra

    Adhara, Spirit Voyage

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    Morrissey Now My Heart is Full

    Composer: Morrissey/Boorer

    Vauxhall And I, Parlophone

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Russell Brand
Producer
Cathy Drysdale

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