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Frank Skinner

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian Frank Skinner.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian Frank Skinner.

As a football-obsessed comic whose stand-up routines were peppered with details of his personal life, he became the poster-boy for the 'Loaded' generation. Beneath the surface, though, he seems to be full of contradictions. He was expelled from school when he was a teenager - but went on to gain a masters degree; he has long been obsessed with Elvis Presley - but now says he feels a tingle when he goes to the opera. Although he had long enjoyed entertaining his friends, he was 30 before he realised where his future lay. "I was an unemployed drunk going nowhere," he says, "And then comedy turned up. Comedy saved my life"

Record: The Fall
Book: Teach yourself French
Luxury: A ukulele.

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45 minutes

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Fri 18 Jun 2010 09:00

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  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Hölle Rache (from The Magic Flute)

    Soloist: Lucia Popp

    • The HMV classics Opera Collection: Sopranos.
    • HMV.
  • Elvis Presley

    Ready Teddy

    • Elvis Presley Complete 50s Masters.
    • RCA.
  • Benjamin Luxon

    The Volunteer Organist

    • Benjamin Luxon: A Ticket to Heaven (Vol 11).
    • Omega.
  • 1970 World Cup Squad

    Back Home

    • 100 Huge Hits of the 60s & 70s.
    • Sanctuary.
  • Johnny Cash

    Ring Of Fire

    • Classic Cash.
    • Mercury.
  • Kraftwerk

    Neon Lights

    • The Man Machine.
    • Capitol.
  • George Formby

    Why Don't Women Like Me?

    • I’m the Ukelele Man.
    • Empress.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The Fall

      Rowche Rumble

      • It’s the New Thing – the Step Forward Years.
      • Castle Music.
  • Book Choice

    • Teach yourself French

  • Luxury Choice

    • Ukulele

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Frank Skinner

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