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Lord Victor Adebowale

Crossbench peer and social entrepreneur Lord Victor Adebowale is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the crossbench peer and social entrepreneur Lord Victor Adebowale.

For the past decade, when not in the House of Lords, he has devoted his time to overseeing services for people who are homeless, suffer from drug or alcohol addiction and have mental health issues or learning disabilities. To many, they are the most disadvantaged people in society, but he says that's not a term he finds useful: "I find it very difficult when people use words like 'bottom of the pile' and 'disadvantaged' - you'd be amazed that the veneer that separates people who don't think they're at the bottom of the pile from people who are is quite thin."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 4 Nov 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Stevie Wonder

    Living for the City

    Composer: Stevie Wonder

    • Innervisions.
    • Motown.
  • Mitzi Gaynor

    I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair

    Composer: Rodger and Hammerstein

    • South Pacific.
    • RCA.
  • Edward Elgar


    Artist: London Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras)

    • Desert Island Discs 1942-1992.
    • BBC.
  • The Stranglers


    Composer: The Stranglers

    • The Stranglers: Greatest Hits 1977-1990.
    • Music Direct.
  • LTJ Bukem


    Composer: MC CONRAD

    • Producer.
  • The Tourists

    I Only Want To Be With You

    Composer: Hawker/Raymonde)

    • The Tourists: Greatest Hits.
    • Camden.
  • Cocteau Twins

    Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops

    Composer: Fraser, Guthrie/Rymonde

    • Cocteau Twins – Stars and Topsoil – A collection (1982-1990).
    • 4AD.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster

      It Never Entered My Mind

      Composer: Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart

      • Compact Jazz: Coleman Hawkins/Ben Webster.
      • Verve.
  • Book Choice

    • The Complete Works - Wole Soyinka

  • Luxury Choice

    • His saxophone


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Victor Adebowale


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