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Julian Clary

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 25 September 2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the comedian Julian Clary. Julian Clary brought camp out of the closet and into the TV mainstream. In the late 1980s he burst onto television screens as The Joan Collins Fan Club, attracting a surprisingly broad audience with his extreme make-up and innuendo. The son of a policeman and a probation officer, Julian was born and brought up in Teddington and Surbiton, and as a child was deeply religious. He discovered his comic talent at Goldsmith's University in the late 1970s where, as well as taking part in rather serious drama productions, he and a friend created the duo Glad and May - two over-made-up cleaning ladies with a passion for 'rummaging' through the handbags of their hapless audience.

In recent years, Julian has toned down the make-up and innuendo in order to take on a new role - Julian Clary, family favourite, star of prime time. Where once he had cult status, he now has serious mainstream appeal, recently presenting the new National Lottery show on BBC1 and reaching the final of Strictly Come Dancing.

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

Favourite track: Garu Nanaka Ji Ki Jai Kar by Dana Gillespie
Book: Stop Thinking, Start Living by Richard Carlson
Luxury: All-purpose prosthetic arm

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    Dana Gillespie Big Fat Mammas are back in Style Again

    Hot Stuff, Ace Records

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    So Damm Happy, Anista

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    T. Rex 20th Century Boy

    Hits of 1973: Various Artists, Premier

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    Soloist: Mary Schneider

    Yodelling for Classics, Dino

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    Divaria, Origin

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    Taboo: Original London Cast, First Night

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    Dana Gillespie Garu Nanaka Ji Ki Jai Kar

    Sacred Space

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