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Craig Brown

Critic and satirist Craig Brown is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the critic and satirist Craig Brown.

A prolific writer, he's lampooned everyone from DH Lawrence to Victoria Beckham and, earlier this year, he became the first journalist to win three separate prizes at the British Press Awards. He showed early promise - when he was 14 he started writing spoofs of Harold Pinter plays, and his characters have their own entries in Who's Who.

Producer: Leanne Buckle.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 17 Aug 2012 09:00

Music Played

  • Nina Simone

    In the Morning

    Composer: Barry Gibb

    • Nina Simone Original Album Classics.
    • RCA.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Christoph Willibald Gluck - Che farò senza Euridice (What is Life?) (from Orpheus and Euridice)

    Artist: Kathleen Ferrier with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent

    • Kathleen Ferrier Vol. 3 – Gluck / Handel /Bach/ Pergolesi.
    • DECCA.
  • Tony Hatch

    Crossroads

    Performer: The Tony Hatch Orchestra.

    Composer: Hatch

    • ITV50 The Album.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Roxy Music

    Sea Breezes

    Composer: Bryan Ferry

    • Roxy Music: Roxy Music.
    • EG.
  • The Kinks

    Waterloo Sunset

    Composer: R Davies

    • The Kinks: The Ultimate Collection.
    • CASTLE.
  • Peter Sellers

    The Critics

    Composer: Schreiner / Goodwin

    • Songs For Singin’ Sellers / A Celebration of Sellers.
    • EMI.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The Browns (castaway’s family)

      Into the Mystic

      Composer: Van Morrison

      • Live Performance..
      • BBC STUDIO.
  • Ike & Tina Turner

    River Deep - Mountain High

    Composer: Barry/Spector/Greenwich

    • All The Best.
    • Parlophone.
  • Book Choice

    • The 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica

  • Luxury Choice

    • A conjuring set

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Craig Brown

Broadcasts

  • Sun 12 Aug 2012 11:15
  • Fri 17 Aug 2012 09:00

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