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Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 23 Dec 2007

Comedian, Actor

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Victoria Wood. For decades she has been one of our best-loved writers and performers. The television series she's made - including Acorn Antiques, Dinnerladies and Housewife 49 - have won her a devoted following as well as stacks of awards.

But, in a moving and open interview, she describes how, as a teenager, she felt she was a misfit - she had few friends, she struggled with her weight and at school she used to steal other people's homework. She joined a youth theatre and it was, she says, the saving of her. She found like-minded people and a sense that she had something to offer.

She is very careful about how much of her own life she puts into her work. She doesn't mind saying she cuts her pubic hair with nail-scissors, but rarely discusses her children on the stage. Now she is embarking on her next project. She says she is too anxious to talk about it, except to say it will look at the life of a middle-aged woman whose marriage has foundered.

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

Choices

Tom Waits

5.

Tom Waits

Misery is the River of the World

Others who chose this artist

The Doobie Brothers

6.

Castaway's favourite

The Doobie Brothers

What a Fool Believes

Others who chose this artist

Arvo Pärt

7.

Arvo Pärt

Tabula Rasa

Soloist: Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko & Alfred Schnittke Orchestra: The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra Conductor: Saulus Sondeckis

Others who chose this artist

John Rutter

8.

John Rutter

The Shepherd's Pipe Carol

Orchestra: The Clare College Singers and Orchestra Conductor: John Rutter

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

A big book by Charles Dickens

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A bumper book of Suduko with blank pages & pens

Others who chose a similar luxury

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 08 Feb 1987

Comedian, Actor

Comedienne, musician and playwright are just three of the talents of Victoria Wood. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, she outlines her career to date from its humble beginnings with the Rochdale Youth Theatre to having her own show on television. She also chooses the eight records she would take to the mythical island.

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

Choices

Eric Coates

1.

Eric Coates

Saxo-Rhapsody

Soloist: Jack Brymer Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

2.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev

Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor - 3rd movement

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Andre Previn

Others who chose this artist

George Gershwin

5.

George Gershwin

Piano Concerto in F major

Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

The collected works by Arthur Marshall

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Cinema organ

Others who chose a similar luxury

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