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Len Goodman

Len Goodman

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First broadcast: Sun 19 Jun 2011

International dance judge

Kirsty Young's castaway is the international dance judge, Len Goodman.

He became a star of Strictly Come Dancing and the US show Dancing with the Stars, after a forty year career as a ballroom dancer and judge. Born in London's east end, as a kid he was a barrow-boy, selling fruit and veg on his grandfather's stall. He went on to work on the docks as a welder. But come Saturday night he would don his best threads and head for the Embassy ballroom in Welling.

He was in his sixties when he found international fame and it was, he says, perfect timing. "If it had happened when I was thirty, I'd have been one these people that would be seen rolling out of nightclubs drunk, with a couple of dolly-birds on my arm. The pilot was on my sixtieth birthday and I think it was the perfect age because I was sensible by then, my feet were planted firmly on the ground."

Choices

Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor

1.

Gene Kelly & Donald O'Connor

Good Morning from the original soundtrack to Singin’ in the Rain

Composer: Arthur Freed (lyrics) Nacio Herb Brown (music)

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Paolo Nutini

2.

Castaway's favourite

Paolo Nutini

Pencil Full of Lead

Composer: Paolo Nutini

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The Mills Brothers

3.

The Mills Brothers

Tiger Rag

Composer: La Rocca, Da Costa

Others who chose this artist

Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra

4.

Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra

The Moulin Rouge theme

Composer: Auric

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Bugsy Malone

5.

Bugsy Malone

Fat Sam’s Grand Slam

Composer: Paul Williams

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Dave Brubeck

6.

Dave Brubeck

Take Five

Composer: Desmond

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The Beatles

7.

The Beatles

In My Life

Composer: Lennon/McCartney

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Harry Belafonte

8.

Harry Belafonte

Island in the Sun

Composer: Harry Belafonte/Lord Burgess

Others who chose this artist

Book

An Anthology of British poetry by

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Luxury item

Set of golf clubs and balls

Others who chose a similar luxury

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