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Cath Kidston

Designer Cath Kidston joins Kirsty Young to choose her Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the designer Cath Kidston.

Cheerful and practical, her products nod towards the 1950s. She began with ironing board covers but these days you can listen to a radio decorated with one of her designs, pitch one of her tents or decorate the children's bedroom with her cowboy wallpaper.

In her own room as a child she used to play at keeping shop. These days her business has a turnover of more than £50 million. "I really felt, from very, very early on, I was onto something with the notion of what I was doing," she says. "I remember feeling I'd really overstepped the mark when I opened my second shop - thinking, that's probably going a stage too far."

Record: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Book: The Larousse French/English dictionary
Luxury: A hot water bottle

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • The Rolling Stones

    Little Red Rooster

    Composer: Willie Dixon

    • Rolling Stones: Singles Collection (London Years).
    • London.
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

    Cheek to Cheek

    Composer: Irving Berlin

    • Ella and Louis.
    • Verve.
  • Lou Reed

    Walk On The Wild Side

    Composer: Lou Reed

    • Transformer.
    • RCA.
  • Phil Collins

    In the Air Tonight

    Composer: Phil Collins

    • Face Value.
    • Virgin.
  • Lucinda Williams

    Can’t Let Go

    Composer: Randy Weeks

    • Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.
    • Mercury.
  • Marvin Gaye

    Let’s Get It On

    Composer: Gaye/Townsend

    • The Marvin Gaye Classics Collection.
    • Motown.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Monty Python

      Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life

      Composer: Eric Idle.

      • Best Comedy Album in the World..
      • Virgin.
  • Bob Dylan

    I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

    Composer: Bob Dylan

    • Biograph.
    • CBS.
  • Book Choice

    • The Larousse French/English dictionary

  • Luxury Choice

    • Hot water bottle,


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Cath Kidston


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