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Russell Brand

Comedian and actor Russell Brand is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Russell Brand, comedian & actor, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Actor, comic, writer, Russell Brand is a compelling cultural phenomenon who in 2006 was, in his own words, "plucked from a life of hard drugs and petty crime and rocketed into the snugly carcinogenic glare of celebrity."

Along with an athletic wit and a florid turn of phrase he specialises in going too far - reckless acts of self-destruction and a degree of chaos seem to be his companions along life's winding path. It's been five years since he rocked the foundations of the BBC with what became known as the Ross Brand scandal. He's since gone on to international success with a movie career, best-selling books and all the trappings of life on the "A" list.

His most recent notable appearances have included testifying to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the importance of funding for drugs rehabilitation programmes and an appearance as a panellist on Question Time.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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45 minutes

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Fri 26 Jul 2013 09:00

Music Played

  • Amy Winehouse

    You Know I’m No Good

    • (Single) You Know I’m No Good.
    • Island Records.
  • Daniel Johnston

    Like A Monkey In A Zoo

    • The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered.
    • Eternal Yip Eye Music.
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

    Red Right Hand

    • Red Right Hand.
    • Mute Records.
  • The Libertines

    Tell The King

    • up the bracket.
    • Rough Trade.
  • Ravi Shankar with family & friends

    I am missing you

    • Shankar Family and Friends.
    • Dark Horse.
  • Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip

    Thou Shalt Always Kill

    • Angles.
    • Sunday Best.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Nirinjan Kaur

      Triple Mantra

      • Adhara.
      • Spirit Voyage.
  • Morrissey

    Now My Heart is Full

    Composer: Morrissey/Boorer

    • Vauxhall And I.
    • Parlophone.
  • Book Choice

    • The Bhagavad Gita

  • Luxury Choice

    • Stuffed effigy of Noel Gallagher


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Russell Brand
Producer Cathy Drysdale


  • Sun 21 Jul 2013 11:15
  • Fri 26 Jul 2013 09:00

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