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David Mitchell

Kirsty Young's castaway is comedian David Mitchell.

Kirsty Young's castaway is comedian David Mitchell. Mitchell has won two Bafta awards and, as a sitcom actor, sketch show writer and humorous columnist, has never been in greater demand.

But as a child, Mitchell was sure he wasn't funny and it was only when he was at university, he says, that he learnt how to have fun. It is now just the rest of his life that Mitchell needs to address - beginning, he says, by tidying up his flat and then, maybe, even getting a girlfriend.

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

Favourite track: Rainbow Connection by Jim Henson
Book: Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
Luxury: DVDs of sitcoms and DVD player.

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45 minutes

Music Played

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  • Katrina and the Waves

    Walking On Sunshine

    • Drive Time 2.
    • Dino Entertainment.
  • Acker Bilk

    Stranger On The Shore

    • The Greatest Hits of 1961.
    • Premier.
  • Radiohead

    Creep

    • The Best of the Nineties So far.
    • EMI.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    The Adagio (from Concerto No.8 in G Minor, the theme music to Master & Commander)

    • Master and Commander - the Far Side of the World.
    • Decca.
  • Crash Test Dummies

    Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

    • Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.
    • RCA.
  • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

    Spanish Flea

    • Herb Alpert: Definitive Hits.
    • A & M.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor

    Soloist: Jacqueline du Pre Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Sir John Barbirolli

    • Elgar:Cello Concerto.Sea Pictures-Du Pre.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Jim Henson

      Rainbow Connection

      • The Muppet Show: The 25th Anniversary Collection.
      • Rhino.
  • Book Choice

    • Decline and Fall - Evelyn Waugh

  • Luxury Choice

    • DVDs of sitcoms and DVD player

Credits

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest David Mitchell

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