Willy Russell

Sue Lawley's castaway is playwright Willy Russell.

The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is the playwright Willy Russell. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about the route his career has taken - from hairdressing, via teaching in Toxteth to a living as one of the country's most successful dramatists. He'll also be talking about his play about the Beatles, John, Paul, George, Ringo & Bert, which, 20 years ago, transferred to the West End and became a huge hit and how, since then, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers have all brought him success and acclaim.

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

Favourite track: I Get Along Without You Very Well by Hoagy Carmichael
Book: A Latin Primer
Luxury: English meadow with an oak tree

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40 minutes

Music Played

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  • Gustav Holst & Christina Rossetti

    In The Bleak Midwinter

    Soloist: Barbara Dickson

    • John, Paul, George, Ringo ... & Bert.
    • RSO.
  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Hoagy Carmichael

      I Get Along Without You Very Well

      • Hoagy Carmichael and his Orchestra.
      • MCA.
  • Nic Jones

    Teddy Bears' Picnic

    • From Willy Russell's Our Day Out.
  • Randy Newman

    Baltimore

    • Little Criminals.
    • Warner Brothers.
  • Leon Rosselson

    Tim McGuire

    • Places Of Gold.
    • Fuse.
  • Bob Dylan

    A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

    • More Greatest Hits.
    • CBS.
  • The Smiths

    Panic

    • Louder Than Bombs.
    • Rough Trade.
  • The Beatles

    In My Life

    • The Red Album.
    • Apple.
  • Book Choice

    • A Latin Primer

  • Luxury Choice

    • English meadow with an oak tree

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Presenter Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest Willy Russell

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