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Dawn French

Kirsty Young talks to comedian, actress and writer Dawn French.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is Dawn French.

Her career started back when dungarees were considered a legitimate fashion choice and she's built her reputation on borderline surreal skits and glowingly warm characterisations.

Brought up in a forces family she had to move schools a lot and found making people laugh helped to make them her friends. Since then it's made her a household name and she may be moments away from becoming a 'national treasure'.

Double act partner, sit-com star, sketch show performer, writer, actor, Dawn has made us laugh for years. So does she ever feel overwhelmed by people's expectations? She says "I tell myself that I'm the sort of person who can open a one-woman play in the West End, so I do .... I am the sort of person who writes a book - so I do".

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • Morecambe & Wise

    Bring Me Sunshine

    • The Best Comedy Album inThe World…Ever!.
    • EMI.
  • Alison Moyet

    Ne Me Quitte Pas

    • The Essential Alison Moyet.
    • Universal Music Operations Ltd..
  • James Taylor

    You’ve Got A Friend

    • James Taylor: Greatest Hits.
    • Warner Bros..
  • Louis Prima & Keely Smith with Sam Butera & The Witnesses

    Just a Gigolo / I Ain’t Got Nobody

    • Raging Bull Soundtrack.
    • Capitol / EMI.
  • Etta James

    At Last

    • At Last: The Best Of Etta James.
    • Decca.
  • Patrick Macnee

    Kinky Boots

    • Chegger’s Choice.
    • Global TV.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • This Mortal Coil

      Song To the Siren

      • It’ll End In Tears.
      • 4AD.
  • Elbow

    One Day Like This

    • One Day Like This.
    • Polydor Limited.
  • Book Choice

    • Puckoon - Spike Milligan

  • Luxury Choice

    • 'My daughter's teddy bear'

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Dawn French

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