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Betty Driver

Betty Driver

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First broadcast: Sun 23 Jan 2011

Coronation Street actor

Kirsty Young's castaway is the veteran Coronation Street actress Betty Driver.

For more than forty years she's been pulling pints and dishing up her hot-pot in the Rovers Return. But her career in showbusiness started decades before she took up residence on Britain's most famous street.

She was a child when her mother put her on the stage and she toured the country with an act that showcased her stunning singing voice - it brought success but not happiness. "I did it for over twenty years," she says, "and hated every day of it." Although she has been working now for an incredible 80 years, she says: "I just love work and I will never retire. They'll have to shoot me to get rid of me!"

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Oscar Hammerstein II

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Oscar Hammerstein II

I'll Take Romance

Performer: Oscar Hammerstein II

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

2.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Ella Fitzgerald

3.

Ella Fitzgerald

Night and Day

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

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Johann Strauss II

4.

Johann Strauss II

Thunder and Lightning Polka

Composer: Johann Strauss II

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Winifred Atwell

5.

Winifred Atwell

Black and White Rag

Performer: Winifred Atwell

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

6.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

the Overture to Swan Lake

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Hoagy Carmichael

7.

Hoagy Carmichael

Skylark

Performer: Hoagy Carmichael

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Johannes Brahms

8.

Johannes Brahms

The Adagio from the Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major.

Composer: Johannes Brahms

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Rebecca by Dame Daphne Du Maurier

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Eau de Soir perfume by Sisley

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