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Meera Syal

Meera Syal

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First broadcast: Sun 01 Jun 2003

Actor, Writer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the actor and writer Meera Syal. She was born in the sixties after her parents had immigrated here from the Punjab and brought up in Essington, a Staffordshire mining village five miles north east of Wolverhampton. She studied English and Drama at Manchester University.

Her one woman show One Of Us went to the Edinburgh Festival where she was spotted by a director from the Royal Court Theatre in London and offered an immediate equity card. Meera gave up her academic plans and moved to London to act in the theatre. She wrote and starred in 'My Sister Wife' for BBC2 and moved on to write and perform in the popular Goodness Gracious Me and to play the flirtatious granny in the Kumars at Number 42. She has written the script for the London musical Bombay Dreams which will be going to Broadway.

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

Choices

Nitin Sawhney

1.

Nitin Sawhney

Sunset

Performer: Nitin Sawhney

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Madan Bala Sindhu

2.

Madan Bala Sindhu

Medndi/Madhorama Pencha

Performer: Madan Bala Sindhu

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Bob & Marcia

3.

Castaway's favourite

Bob & Marcia

Young, Gifted and Black

Performer: Bob & Marcia

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Joni Mitchell

4.

Joni Mitchell

A Case Of You

Performer: Joni Mitchell

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The Kinks

5.

The Kinks

Waterloo Sunset

Performer: The Kinks

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Pizzicato Five

6.

Pizzicato Five

Twiggy, Twiggy

Performer: Pizzicato Five

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Sukhwinder Singh

7.

Sukhwinder Singh

The Wedding Qawwali

Performer: Sukhwinder Singh

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Louis Armstrong

8.

Louis Armstrong

Fantastic, That's You

Performer: Louis Armstrong

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Book

Hindi-English dictionary by

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Religious text

Bhagvadgita - ancient Hindu text

Luxury item

A piano

Others who chose a similar luxury

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