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Abi Morgan

Abi Morgan, stage and screenwriter, is interviewed by Kirsty Young.

Abi Morgan is a screenwriter and playwright best known for TV dramas The Hour, River and The Split and the films Shame, Suffragette and The Iron Lady. She won two Emmy Awards for The Hour, as well as two BAFTAs for Best Single Drama for White Girl and Sex Traffic, and Meryl Streep won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Born into a theatrical family - her father was a theatre director, her mother is an actress - she only began to write during her university days at Exeter. After graduating, she kept herself afloat by waitressing while continuing to write and had her first play performed professionally in 1998 when she was 30.

She's become known for her gritty storylines in the dramas Murder, Sex Traffic, and Tsunami, but has also adapted several books for both the small and the big screen including Brick Lane, The Invisible Woman, and Birdsong.

Abi lives in London with her long-term partner, the actor Jacob Krichefski, and their two teenage children.

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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38 minutes

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Fri 11 May 2018 09:00

Music Played

  • Joni Mitchell

    Chelsea Morning

    • Clouds.
    • Warner Music UK Limited.
    • 2.
  • Beyoncé

    Sorry

    • Lemonade.
    • Parkwood, Sony.
    • 4.
  • Victoria Wood

    Ballad of Barry and Freda

    • Victoria Wood Live.
    • EMI Records Ltd.
    • 4.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Si, mi chiamano Mimi

    Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Singer: Richard Leech. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Best of Kiri Te Kanawa.
    • Erato.
    • 5.
  • Adrian Lester & 1996 London Cast

    Being Alive

    • Company - 1996 London Cast Recording.
    • First Night Records.
    • 15.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations - Aria

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach - Goldberg Variations.
    • Classical Roots.
    • 1.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Sigur Rós

      Hoppipolla

      • Takk.
      • EMI.
      • 3.
  • Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

    Over The Rainbow

    • Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
    • Universal Music Operations Ltd.
    • 1.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    The Complete Works of Proust

  • LUXURY ITEM

    Her children’s exercise books from school

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Producer Cathy Drysdale

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