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Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth

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First broadcast: Sun 09 Jan 2011

Former MP, Writer

Kirsty Young's castaway is Gyles Brandreth.

A former Conservative MP, he is also a some-time actor, broadcaster and prolific writer who has authored biographies, diaries, stage plays and mysteries.

Pursuing a political career has been, he says, the over-riding ambition of his life. However the happiest moment came not from politics, but when he was performing in a West End show that he had written himself. These days, his ambitions are to return to the stage and the role he wants to take on is Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.

"I have no complaints" he says; "my life has been one long series of tomato and marmite sandwiches. I've always had what I wanted."

Choices

Noël Coward

1.

Noël Coward

There are Bad Times Just Around the Corner

Performer: Noël Coward

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Charles Trenet

2.

Charles Trenet

Boum!

Performer: Charles Trenet

Others who chose this artist

Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner

3.

Castaway's favourite

Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner

I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face from My Fair Lady

Performer: Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner

Others who chose this artist

Whittier (music - Repton)

4.

Whittier (music - Repton)

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Performer: Whittier (music - Repton)

Carl Davis

5.

Carl Davis

Warning: Man in Uniform

Performer: Carl Davis

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William Shakespeare

6.

William Shakespeare

The Speech to the Senate from Othello

Performer: William Shakespeare

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Stephen Sondheim

7.

Stephen Sondheim

With so Little To be Sure of

Performer: Stephen Sondheim

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Gilbert & Sullivan

8.

Gilbert & Sullivan

the High Aesthetic Line

Performer: Gilbert & Sullivan

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Complete plays of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Michelangelo's Pieta

Others who chose a similar luxury

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