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John Fortune

Sue Lawley's castaway is comedian John Fortune.

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is John Fortune.

John Fortune is one of Britain's most respected and enduring satirists. For the past 12 years he has been half of the award-winning double act, The Long Johns, with John Bird, that have brought a sharper political edge to Bremner, Bird and Fortune. As a result of the act, they have been named the Best Opposition by The Oldie Magazine and are Bafta award winners. It is a return to the forefront of political satire for John Fortune - he had joined Peter Cook in setting up The Establishment Club in the 1960s and had taken the review to America to widespread acclaim and returned to Britain to write for, among others, BBC Three and Not So Much a Programme, More a Way of Life.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Piano Sonata No 30 in E Major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Leopard (In Italian & English) by Giuseppe di Lampedusa
Luxury: A rug made by the Baluch people from Afghanistan

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45 minutes

Music Played

  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in Alium

    Choir: Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

    • Tallis: Spem in Alium.
    • Argo.
  • Pablo (Pau) Casals

    Song of the Birds

    • Song of the Birds.
    • CBS.
  • Louis Armstrong

    Ain't Misbehavin'

    • Louis Armstrong: Pops: The 1940s.
    • Bluebird.
  • Peter Cook & Dudley Moore

    The Frog and the Peach

    • Once More with Cook.
    • Decca.
  • Billie Holiday

    It's Easy to Blame the Weather

    • A Billie Holiday Memorial.
    • Fontana.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Harpsichord Sonata in A major, K208

    Soloist: Scott Ross

    • Harpsichord Sonatas K.173-229.
    • Erato.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major

    Soloist: Jean Calude Pennetier, Regis Pasquier, Dupouy

    • String Sextet No 1 & Piano Trio No. 3.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

      Soloist: Richard Goode

      • The Late Sonatas.
      • Elektra/Nonesuch Records.
  • Book Choice

    • The Leopard (In Italian & English) - Giuseppe di Lampedusa

  • Luxury Choice

    • A rug made by the Baluch people from Afghanistan


Role Contributor
Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest John Fortune


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