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Journalist Anna Ford is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the broadcaster Anna Ford.

One of the first high profile women in news, she worked for Granada, ITV and the BBC before retiring after more than thirty years on our screens. One of her professional pairings was presenting the News at 10 with Reginald Bosanquet, she remembers how he would try to unsettle her during broadcasts: "I adored Reggie, he would land either obscene poems or love poems on my script just before I was to about to read it to camera and I would catch just a sight of this and it was almost impossible not to laugh."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

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Fri 23 Mar 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t got that Swing

    Composer: Duke Ellington & Irving Mills

    • Duke Ellington and His Orchestra/ Vol.4 1943.
    • Circle.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Bach Concerto for Two Violins and Strings in D Minor

    Artist: Yeudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh conducted with the Great Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Orlov.

    • Menuhin - Beethoven.
    • Revelation.
  • Dawn Chorus

    Seasonal birdsong (sound effects) recorded in May in Kent

    • Sound Effects.
    • BBC.
  • Bob Dylan

    Masters of War

    Composer: Bob Dylan

    • The FreeWheelin’ Bob Dylan.
    • CBS.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Mallorca

    Artist: Julian Bream

    • Julian Bream: plays Granados and Albeniz.
    • RCA.
  • James Taylor

    Carolina in My Mind

    Composer: Taylor

    • James Taylor Greatest Hits.
    • CBS.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Paul Simon

      You can call me Al

      Composer: Paul Simon

      • Graceland.
      • WARNER BROS.
  • Tino Rossi

    J’Attendrai

    Composer: Oliver/Poterat

    • Paris After Dark.
    • Pathe Marconi.
  • Book Choice

    • Staying Alive: real poems for unreal times

  • Luxury Choice

    • Endless supply of leaf tea, teapot, mug and semi skimmed milk.

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Anna Ford

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