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Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 22 Dec 1996

Comedian, Actor

The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is Absolutely Fabulous! Jennifer Saunders began "doing funny things with props" in the early 1980s. With her stage partner Dawn French, she toured the clubs and comedy venues making people laugh with acts like The Menopause Sisters. As part of the Comic Strip performers, she burst onto our TV screens as one of the famous, if rather manic, five.

Now through her characters Edina and Patsy, she has created a comedy classic. But as she tells Sue Lawley, Absolutely Fabulous came about because, having taken a year off from French and Saunders, the phone was ominously silent, and she had absolutely nothing else to do.

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

Choices

Van Morrison

1.

Van Morrison

Moondance

Performer: Van Morrison

Others who chose this artist

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Requiem in D minor - Lacrymosa

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

Blondie

3.

Castaway's favourite

Blondie

I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No

Performer: Blondie

Others who chose this artist

Janis Joplin

4.

Janis Joplin

Cry Baby

Performer: Janis Joplin

Others who chose this artist

Richard Wagner

5.

Richard Wagner

Parsifal Prelude

Composer: Richard Wagner

Others who chose this artist

Joni Mitchell

6.

Joni Mitchell

A Case Of You

Performer: Joni Mitchell

Others who chose this artist

Elvis Costello

7.

Elvis Costello

Sweet Pear

Performer: Elvis Costello

Others who chose this artist

Emmylou Harris

8.

Emmylou Harris

Amarillo

Performer: Emmylou Harris

Others who chose this artist

Book

Traveller's Prelude by Freya Stark

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Tribute Heads By Elisabeth Frink

Others who chose a similar luxury

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