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Jimmy McGovern

Jimmy McGovern

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 14 Jan 1996

Playwright, Screenwriter

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the playwright Jimmy McGovern. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the TV series Cracker - one of the top television series of the 1990s - about how much of the central character, Fitz, is modelled on himself, how he feels about the violent world it portrays and about why we are fascinated by criminal psychology. For seven years a writer on Brookside, he'll be describing how the phenomenal success of Cracker led to the reviving of his previously-rejected scripts for films like Priest and Hearts and Minds. He'll also be relating how the man who has since made a living out of words had such a bad stammer as a child that he was largely unintelligible.

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

Choices

Nat King Cole

1.

Castaway's favourite

Nat King Cole

When I Fall In Love

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Guy Mitchell

2.

Guy Mitchell

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

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Pink Floyd

5.

Pink Floyd

Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

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Dave Roylance / Steve Wright

6.

Dave Roylance / Steve Wright

Theme From Brookside

Glenn Miller

7.

Glenn Miller

Chattanooga Choo Choo

9.

10.

Book

Ulysses by James Joyce

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Luxury item

Haemorrhoid ointment

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