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Series 4 - 3. University of Bedfordshire

Presented byKirsty Young

Desert Island Discs Presenter Kirsty Young

Baron Prescott of Kingston upon Hull

Baron Prescott of Kingston upon Hull

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 19 Feb 2012

Former Deputy Prime Minister, politician - Labour

Kirsty Young's castaway is the former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

In this frank interview, he describes life in the highly political home where he grew up, the impact that failing the school 11+ exam had on him and the gradual kindling of his own ambitions. He speaks of his debt to his wife Pauline and how for many years of their marriage he underestimated her. He describes, too, the inferiority complex which dogged him for much of his adult life:

"All the attacks on me because of my grammar and kind of background, aggressive style - it used to ruff up a few feathers and whilst I would never let it show, certainly deep inside me I felt a bit inferior."

Choices

Duke Ellington

1.

Duke Ellington

Satin Doll

Performer: Duke Ellington

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Bee Gees

2.

Bee Gees

Stayin’ Alive

Performer: Bee Gees

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The Jam

3.

The Jam

A Town Called Malice

Performer: The Jam

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Marion Montgomery

4.

Castaway's favourite

Marion Montgomery

Sweet Georgia Brown

Performer: Marion Montgomery

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Tom Jones

5.

Tom Jones

It’s not Unusual

Performer: Tom Jones

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Sarah Vaughan

6.

Sarah Vaughan

Cherokee

Performer: Sarah Vaughan

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Miles Davis

7.

Miles Davis

On Green Dolphin Street

Performer: Miles Davis

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The Shirelles

8.

The Shirelles

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Performer: The Shirelles

Others who chose this artist

Book

Smile Though Your Heart Is Breaking by Pauline Prescott

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A Bontempi keyboard

Others who chose a similar luxury

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