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Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 23 Jun 2013

Actor,comedian and musician

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor, Hugh Laurie.

If life were straightforward he'd be marooned on the island because of his achievements as an Olympic rower. But his early promise on the water was scuppered by a bout of glandular fever - so he's had to make do instead with life as a worldwide entertainment superstar.

Very British comedy, very big budget movies, very successful syndicated TV drama - his 30 year career has taken him from A Little Bit of Fry & Laurie to a big bit of broadcasting history: his role in the U.S. show House ran for 8 series and had a global audience of 81 million. So why now does he feel the need to risk his stellar reputation by making music too?

He says, "as soon as I acknowledge to myself that something is frightening and carries the risk of public humiliation I feel like I have to do it."

Choices

Son House

4.

Son House

Grinnin’ in your face

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Nina Simone

6.

Nina Simone

I wish I knew how it would be to be free

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Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio

7.

Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio

I Cover the Waterfront –

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Van Morrison

8.

Castaway's favourite

Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

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Book

An encyclopedia by

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Luxury item

A double set of throwing knives

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 12 May 1996

Actor, Comedian

Sue Lawley's castaway is actor and comedian Hugh Laurie.

Choices

Max Bruch

2.

Max Bruch

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor

Soloist: Pinchas Zukerman Orchestra: The London Philharmonic Orchestra

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Van Morrison

7.

Castaway's favourite

Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

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Dr. John

8.

Dr. John

Me Minus You Equals Loneliness

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Book

A self-learn Italian book (slowly) by

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Luxury item

Family photo album

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