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Marjorie Wallace

Marjorie Wallace, campaigning journalist and and chief executive of Sane, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the mental health campaigner and Chief Executive of SANE, Marjorie Wallace.

After leaving University College London with a psychology and philosophy degree, her first job in the media was working on The Frost Programme with David Frost. She went on to produce religious programmes and became a current affairs reporter and director for the BBC. She joined the Sunday Times Insight team as an investigative journalist and wrote a series of articles highlighting the financial and emotional plight of young Thalidomide victims. Her articles on mental illness - The Forgotten Illness - elicited a huge public response and in 1986 she founded the mental health charity SANE. She has received numerous awards for her journalism and books and has twice won the Campaigning Journalist of the Year award.

In December 2008 she was awarded the CBE for services to mental health.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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36 minutes

Music Played


    • Frédéric Chopin

      Ballade No.4 in F Minor, Op.52

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
      • Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos.
      • Decca.
  • Danielle Licari

    Devant le garage

    Singer: José Bartel.
    • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
    • Sony Classical.
  • John Cleese & The Loving Pruneful

    The Ferret Song

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata, Act II ‘Ah! Dite alla giovine’

    Performer: Sherrill Milnes. Performer: Ileana Cotrubaș.
    • Verdi: La Traviata.
    • Deutsche Gromophon.
  • Sacha Skarbek

    Sunrise in Your Eyes

    Composer: Stefan Skarbek. Singer: Tom Baxter.
  • Valerie Masterson

    Hello Young Lovers

    • The King and I (1994 London Studio Cast).
    • Jay Records.
  • Ray Davies and the Crouch End Festival Chorus


    • The Kinks Choral Connection.
    • Decca.
  • Charles‐François Gounod


    Performer: Cheryl Studer. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Ion Marin.
    • Ave Maria: Cheryl Studer.
    • Deutsche Gramophon.

    Lives of the Poets: 1,000 Years of English & American Poetry by Louise Untermeyer


    Cocktail cabinet


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Marjorie Wallace
Producer Sarah Taylor


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