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Stephen Poliakoff

Stephen Poliakoff

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First broadcast: Sun 13 Mar 2005

Playwright, Director

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the playwright and director Stephen Poliakoff. Stephen Poliakoff is probably best known for his explorations of the themes of memory, family and history in his dramas for television, including Shooting the Past, Perfect Strangers and The Lost Prince.

He was born into an aristocratic, Russian Jewish family in 1952, the third of four children. Stephen's talent as a dramatist emerged from the embers of his ambition to be an actor. He discovered early that he could write, and his first play, Granny, was sufficiently well received to be made the school play - and to be reviewed by a major national paper. Later, during the 1970s, Stephen began to work in television with films like Stronger than the Sun for Play for Today and Caught on a Train - which won a BAFTA. His television film Close My Eyes won the Evening Standard Best Film Award in 1991; the series Shooting the Past won the Prix Italia in 1999 and in 2002 he won the Dennis Potter Award at the BAFTAs.

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

Choices

Dusty Springfield

1.

Dusty Springfield

I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten

Performer: Dusty Springfield

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

2.

Castaway's favourite

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Quintet in A major - 2nd movement

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Others who chose this artist

John Barry

3.

John Barry

Theme to the Ipcress File.

Composer: John Barry

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Fleetwood Mac

4.

Fleetwood Mac

Go Your Own Way

Performer: Fleetwood Mac

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Brian Johnston

5.

Brian Johnston

Never Was a Child Like Him

Performer: Brian Johnston

Others who chose this artist

Henry Purcell

6.

Henry Purcell

O let me weep (The Plaint ) (from The Fairy Queen)

Composer: Henry Purcell

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Joan Armatrading

7.

Joan Armatrading

Love and Affection

Performer: Joan Armatrading

Others who chose this artist

Antonio Vivaldi

8.

Antonio Vivaldi

Gloria in D Major

Composer: Antonio Vivaldi

Others who chose this artist

Book

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A box of plastic straws to fiddle with

Others who chose a similar luxury

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