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Micky Flanagan

Kirsty Young talks to comedian Micky Flanagan.

Micky Flanagan found mainstream success as a comedian in 2007 with his autobiographical 'What Chance Change?' show at the Edinburgh fringe, where he was nominated as best newcomer.

Raised in the East End of London, he left school at 15 with no qualifications and followed his dad into work as a fish porter at Billingsgate fish market. When he quit that job, he spent a summer working in a kitchen in New York, and then returned to London to spend much of the 1980s working in the furniture trade. When his business collapsed he worked as a window cleaner and decorator.

He played truant through much of his secondary school career, but in his mid-twenties he studied for a GCSE in English, and later gained a place at City University, London, graduating with Social Sciences degree. He trained to become a teacher, and then discovered comedy through night classes. Sell-out UK tours and appearances on 'Mock the Week' and 'Would I Lie to You' followed, and he's made two TV series for Sky - 'Detour De France' and 'Micky Flanagan: Thinking Aloud'. He's just finished his third tour of the UK and Ireland with his show 'An' Another Fing...'

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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35 minutes

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Fri 24 Nov 2017 09:00

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    • John Holt

      Help Me Make It Through The Night

      • 1000 Volts of Holt.
      • Trojan.
      • 5.
  • David Gray

    Sail Away

    • White Ladder.
    • Warner Music.
    • 8.
  • The Jam

    That's Entertainment

    • Paul Weller.
    • Universal-Island.
    • 6.
  • Billy Bragg

    There Is Power in a Union

    • Talking with the Taxman about Poetry.
    • Warner.
    • 7.
  • Bruce Springsteen

    Thunder Road

    • Born to Run.
    • Sony Music.
    • 1.
  • Oasis

    Don't Look Back In Anger

    • (What's the Story) Morning Glory?.
    • Creation.
    • 4.
  • Jimmy Buffett

    Margaritaville

    • Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.
    • Universal-Island Records.
    • 6.
  • Change

    Searching (feat. Luther Vandross)

    • The Essential Luther Vandross.
    • Epic/Sony Records.
    • 1.
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    A dictionary of philosophy

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A handheld vacuum cleaner

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Producer Cathy Drysdale

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