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Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

John Bird

John Bird

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 28 May 2000

Actor, Satirist, Comedian

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is John Bird. As a student, he changed the face of the Cambridge Footlights review by rejecting jokes on bed-makers and punting and writing a political review instead. In the early 1960s he helped found The Establishment Club with Peter Cook. Writing sketches with John Fortune, they found they were unable to find suitable actors to perform their work, and so took to the stage themselves. Satire, he says, died in the late 1960s and he struggled to make a living, until Rory Bremner hired them. As 'The Two Johns', their dialogues featuring an awkward interviewer and slippery politician have won them much recognition and a BAFTA award.

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

Choices

Felix Mendelssohn

1.

Felix Mendelssohn

Octet for Strings in E flat major

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Others who chose this artist

Kurt Weill

2.

Kurt Weill

Ach, bedenken Sie (from The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny)

Composer: Kurt Weill

Others who chose this artist

Joseph Haydn

3.

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in D Major - 4th movement

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Others who chose this artist

Claude Debussy

4.

Claude Debussy

Jeux (finale)

Composer: Claude Debussy

Others who chose this artist

Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band

5.

Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band

Big City Blues

Performer: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band

Others who chose this artist

Johannes Brahms

6.

Johannes Brahms

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Others who chose this artist

Igor Stravinsky

7.

Igor Stravinsky

The Rite of Spring

Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Others who chose this artist

Pierre Boulez

8.

Castaway's favourite

Pierre Boulez

Répons

Composer: Pierre Boulez

Others who chose this artist

Book

The collected works by Wallace Stevens

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

2,000 soft loo rolls

Others who chose a similar luxury

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Broadcast

First broadcast: Mon 29 Jan 1968

Actor, Director, Impersonator

Roy Plomley's castaway is writer and actor John Bird.

Choices

Joseph Haydn

1.

Joseph Haydn

Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London'

Composer: Joseph Haydn

Others who chose this artist

Pierre Boulez

2.

Pierre Boulez

Le marteau sans maître

Composer: Pierre Boulez

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 7 in A major

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Anton Webern

4.

Anton Webern

Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30

Composer: Anton Webern

Others who chose this artist

Miles Davis Quintet

5.

Miles Davis Quintet

So What

Performer: Miles Davis Quintet

Others who chose this artist

Leos Janacek

6.

Leos Janacek

Glagolitic Mass

Composer: Leos Janacek

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

7.

Castaway's favourite

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Art of Fugue - Contrapunctus No. 13b

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Lives of the Poets by Dr Samuel Johnson

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Self-operated nuclear strike force

Others who chose a similar luxury

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