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Vic Reeves

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 09 March 2003

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the comedian Jim Moir, best known by the name of his alter ego Vic Reeves. Jim was born in Leeds but soon moved to Darlington with his family. He attended the local school and left with one O level in Art. He fulfilled the expectations of his school by getting a job in a factory, completing his apprenticeship and working there for four years.
However, he was bored so he moved to London with three friends. After trying a few different jobs he began running club nights - with music, acts and entertainment. He would hire a venue and the bands and he would be the compere.

Jim decided to take on the persona of Vic Reeves as it gave him an excuse to act up. A comedy night came up and instead of booking three comedians, he decided to do the whole night himself. Vic Reeves' Big Night Out was born. After teaming up with Bob Mortimer, a solicitor who had been in the audience of one of his shows, the show went from strength to strength. It was a huge success and TV rights were fought over by the BBC and Channel 4. Since then, he has appeared on both channels with a variety of programmes including The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars and Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased). The programmes have won BAFTA Awards for Originality and Best Live Performance plus British Comedy Awards.

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

Favourite track: Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams
Book: Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
Luxury: Potato seeds

Music Played

8 items
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    Jimi Hendrix Voodoo Chile

    70s Rock U.S., Knight

  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

    Soloist: Michael Davis Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

    Byways of British Music, Chandos

  • Image for Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald The Very Thought Of You

    The Incomparable Ella, Polydor

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    Henry Cow Nirvana for Mice

    Legend, ESD

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    Free Mr Big

    Free Live, Island

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    Aphex Twin Bucephalus Bouncing Ball

    Come to Daddy, Warp Records

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    Jeff Beck Where Were You

    Composer: J Beck-t Bozzio/T Hymas

    Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop, Epic

  • Image for Glenn Tilbrook

    Glenn Tilbrook Parallel World

    The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook, Quixotic

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley

Broadcasts

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