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Janet Street-Porter

Kirsty Young's castaway is broadcaster and journalist Janet Street-Porter.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Janet Street-Porter. Born, she says, with 'frilly teeth, big glasses and beige hair' she also came with a healthy measure of ambition, brains and creativity and she used those talents to pioneer a new style of television.

In this personal interview, she describes how, as she gets older, she can't bear to look in a mirror and see traces of her mother; how her shyness can make it difficult for her to walk into a room full of strangers and that what she likes best is to be walking in the hills, in the rain and sleet, mulling over ideas for her next project. She may be a pensioner with a good body of work behind her, but, she says, her mind is on the career that lies ahead.

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

Favourite track: Always on My Mind by Pet Shop Boys
Book: Larousse Gastronomique by Hamlyn
Luxury: Notebook and Pens.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 28 Nov 2008 09:00

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Borée en fureur from Les Boréades

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

    • Rameau: Les Boréades.
    • Musifrance.
  • Massive Attack

    Unfinished Sympathy

    • Blue Lines.
    • Wild Bunch.
  • George Formby

    When I'm Cleaning Windows

    • George Formby: His Greatest Favourites.
    • Flapper.
  • The Modern Jazz Quartet


    • Compact Jazz; The Modern Jazz Quartet Plus.
    • Verve.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Lucia di Lammermoor Act 2

    Soloist: Joan Sutherland

    • Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor.
    • Royal Opera House.
  • Philip Glass

    Dinner with the Beast

    Orchestra: The Philip Glass Ensemble Conductor: Michael Riesman

    • Philip Glass: La Belle et La Bête.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Pet Shop Boys

      Always on My Mind

      • The Hits.
      • Parlophone.
  • Otis Redding

    That's How Strong My Love Is

    • The Great Otis Redding.
    • Atco.
  • Book Choice

    • Larousse Gastronomique - Hamlyn

  • Luxury Choice

    • Notebook and Pens


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Janet Street-Porter


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