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Professor Tanya Byron

Kirsty Young talks to Prof Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist and TV presenter.

Professor Tanya Byron, clinical psychologist and TV presenter, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

Tanya has spent the last twenty years in clinical practice, helping children, young people and families deal with some of the most difficult parts of life - depression, anxiety, aggression, self harming and drug addiction.

She came to public prominence through her television work, books and advice columns and it would seem that she had the perfect background to cope with life in the spotlight - her father was a successful tv and theatre director and her mother worked variously as a nursing sister and a model.

A highly dramatic family tragedy ignited her interest in what spurs people to behave the way that they do.

She says of her work "I do have a particular desire to enable young people, on the cusp of what could be the most extraordinary life, to live ... and live well."

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • David Bowie

    Absolute Beginners

    • Absolute Beginners: Original Soundtrack.
    • VIRGIN.
  • The Who

    Baba O'Riley

    • The Who: Who's Better, Who's Best.
    • POLYDOR.
  • Dave Brubeck

    Take Five

    • Dave Brubeck 'Take….' The Greatest Hits.
    • ELITE.
  • Debbie Harry

    I Want That man

    • Deborah Harry Def, Dumb & Blonde.
  • Doris Day

    Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps

    • The Magic of Doris Day.
    • SONY BMG.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • The The – Jools Holland, Camella G. Hinds, Andy Duncan & Matt Johnson

      Uncertain Smile

      • The The: Soul Mining.
      • EPIC.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon in D Major

    Performer: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Karl Münchinger.
    • Works by Pachelbel etc..
    • DECCA.
  • Frank Sinatra

    That's Life

    • Frank Sinatra: That's Life.
    • REPRISE.
  • Book Choice

    • Emma - Jane Austen

  • Luxury Choice

    • A large piano


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Tanya Byron
Producer Isabel Sargent


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