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Victoria Wood

Kirsty Young's castaway is comedian Victoria Wood.

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]

Favourite track: What a Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers
Book: A big book by Charles Dickens
Luxury: A bumper book of Sudoku with blank pages & pens.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Dec 2007 09:00

Music Played

  • Randy Newman


    • Back to California.
    • Rhino.
  • Weather Report


    • Weather Report: 8.30.
    • CBS.
  • Gidon Kremer


    • Hommage a Piazzolla.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Mr. Scruff

    Get a Move On

    • Get a Move On.
    • Ninja Tune.
  • Tom Waits

    Misery is the River of the World

    • Blood Money.
    • Anti.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The Doobie Brothers

      What A Fool Believes

      • The Very Best of The Doobie Brothers.
      • Warner.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Tabula Rasa

    • Tabula Rasa.
    • ECM.
  • John Rutter

    The Shepherd's Pipe Carol

    • Carols from Clare.
    • EMI.
  • Book Choice

    • A big book - Charles Dickens

  • Luxury Choice

    • A bumper book of Sudoku with blank pages & pens

BBC Four Talk Collection

BBC Four Talk Collection
This programme is part of Talk - a collection of interviews with some of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Victoria Wood


  • Sun 23 Dec 2007 11:15
  • Fri 28 Dec 2007 09:00

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