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John Bishop

Comedian John Bishop is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the comedian John Bishop.

Growing up on a Merseyside council estate, his early ambition was to play football for Liverpool - otherwise, he thought he might find a way out by winning the Pools or joining a band. The youngest of four children, his family were, he says, the kind that filled factory floors rather than lecture halls. Now a hugely popular stand-up comedian, it was a failing marriage and a sense of desperation that led him, one night, to a comedy bar. He decided to give it a try - it turned his life, and marriage, around.

"There was a time where the stand-up was the thing that I think kept me sane - it was like therapy and if I stopped doing it, I would go backwards."

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 29 Jun 2012 09:00

Music Played

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  • The Beatles

    I Saw Her Standing There

    Composer: Paul McCartney and John Lennon

  • David Bowie

    Let's Dance

    Composer:

  • Jim Reeves

    Bimbo

    Composer: Rod Morris

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Sweet Home Alabama

    Composer: Ed King, Gary Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant

  • Elvis Presley

    The Wonder Of You

    Composer: Knight

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Simple Minds

      Don't You (Forget About Me)

      Composer: Simple Minds

  • David Gray

    Sail Away

    Composer: David Gray

  • Snow Patrol

    Chasing Cars

    Composer: Lightbody / Connolly / Simpson / Quinn / Wilson

  • Book Choice

    • Family photo album

  • Luxury Choice

    • Lifetime's supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste

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Presenter Kirsty Young
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