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Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey

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First broadcast: Sun 08 Jun 2008

Comedian, Musician

Kirsty's castaway this week is the comedian and actor, Bill Bailey. Lauded for his hugely inventive stand up, he has carved out a highly successful career with an altogether atypical approach. He's a familiar face on television from his regular appearances on quiz shows Have I Got News for You, QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

At school he was a gifted pupil who gave up on his education and a pitch-perfect piano student who flunked his music school entrance. He started drifting as a teenager and gave up on university within days of arrival - he says he was looking for the next challenge, and that turned out to be stand-up comedy. He loved having to think on his feet and found the laughter of strangers intoxicating.

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

Choices

King Curtis

1.

King Curtis

Memphis Soul Stew

Performer: King Curtis

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The Undertones

2.

The Undertones

Teenage Kicks

Performer: The Undertones

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Talking Heads

3.

Castaway's favourite

Talking Heads

Once in a Lifetime

Performer: Talking Heads

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

4.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major 'Coronation'

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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David Bowie

5.

David Bowie

Rebel Rebel

Performer: David Bowie

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Pretenders

6.

Pretenders

Talk of the Town

Performer: Pretenders

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Enong Jubaedah and Mang Maman

7.

Enong Jubaedah and Mang Maman

Traditional Javanese Gamelan

Performer: Enong Jubaedah and Mang Maman

Gabriel Fauré

8.

Gabriel Fauré

In Paradisum (from Requiem), Op 48

Composer: Gabriel Fauré

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Book

The collected works by W. Somerset Maugham

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Luxury item

A pack of cards

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