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Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci

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First broadcast: Sun 04 Jun 2006

Comedian, Satirist, Writer

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the satirist Armando Iannucci. He has lampooned news journalism with his creations On the Hour and The Day Today and plumbed the shallows of the chat show circuit through the vain and insecure Alan Partridge. His most recent work has been more biting: his Westminster satire The Thick of It dissects the relationship between politicians, their spin-doctors and the media they want to control. Decisions are made on the hoof, in haste and in response to media pressure - there's not a politician, civil servant or journalist who isn't compromised in the process.

A highly academic child at a Jesuit school, in his teens he harboured ambitions to become a Catholic priest. His parents thought he might become a doctor or lawyer, but after getting a first-class degree from Oxford, and spending three years writing a thesis about religious language with reference to Milton, he concentrated on comedy instead. He joined the BBC and ended up producing the radio comedy programmes he had listened to as a child.

He is currently involved in developing new comedy for the BBC and is this year's Visiting Professor of Broadcast Media at Oxford University.

This programme includes language which may offend some listeners.

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

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Partita No. 3 - 3rd movement

Soloist: Nathan Milstein

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Gioachino Rossini

2.

Gioachino Rossini

The Thieving Magpie Overture

Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: David Parry

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Gustav Mahler

3.

Castaway's favourite

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 9 in D major - 1st movement

Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Klaus Tennstedt

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Herbert Howells

4.

Herbert Howells

Nunc Dimittis

Soloist: Richard Moorhouse Choir: Collegiate Singers Conductor: Andrew Millinger

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Jean Sibelius

7.

Jean Sibelius

Symphony No. 5 in E flat major - 3rd movement

Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Petri Sakari

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Johann Sebastian Bach

8.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Chorale Prelude: Valet will ich dir geben

Soloist: Katherine Fuge Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

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9.

10.

Book

Complete Short Stories by H G Wells

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Luxury item

Virtual sherry trifle

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