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Clive Stafford Smith

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 21 November 2004

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the death row lawyer Clive Stafford Smith.

Clive Stafford Smith spent more than 25 years representing people on death row. He's saved hundreds of lives and counts his clients among his friends. He says his work is his calling - one he was drawn to after writing an essay on capital punishment while at school. Initially he thought it was a history essay and was appalled to find the death sentence was still in use. He planned to become a campaigning journalist, but a summer spent meeting prisoners on death row inmates convinced him that he would be able to achieve more by representing them directly. So he trained in law and set up his own legal practice to enable him to do so. He has received several awards for his work including, in 2002, the OBE.

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

Favourite track: Spem in Alium by Thomas Tallis
Book: The Koran (in Arabic and English)
Luxury: My computer

Music Played

8 items
  • Favourite Track

    • Image for Thomas Tallis

      Thomas Tallis Spem in Alium

      Choir: The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

      Tallis: Spem in Alium, etc, Argo

  • Image for Sophie B. Hawkins

    Sophie B. Hawkins As I Lay Me Down

    Artist: As I Lay Me Down

    Columbia

  • Image for Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik & Sukhwinder Singh & Srinivas

    Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik & Sukhwinder Singh & Srinivas Mitwa

    Soundtrack - Lagaan

  • Image for Macy Gray

    Macy Gray Still

    May Gray On How Life Is, Epic

  • Image for Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel Biko

    Conspiracy of Hope, Mercury

  • Image for The Proclaimers

    The Proclaimers Sunshine on Leith

    Sunshine on Leith, Chrysalis

  • Image for Hot Chocolate

    Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing

    You Sexy Thing, EMI Records Ltd.

  • Image for ABBA

    ABBA Dancing Queen

    Dancing Queen, Polydor

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Clive Stafford Smith

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