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Jeremy Irons

Michael Parkinson's castaway is actor Jeremy Irons.

Jeremy Irons first achieved international recognition as an actor for his performance in Brideshead Revisited on television. In conversation with Michael Parkinson, he talks about his childhood on the Isle of Wight, his London debut in Godspell, his appearances with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his films, which include The French Lieutenant's Woman, Swann In Love and The Mission.

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

Favourite track: Irish Boy by Mark Knopfler
Book: Construction manual
Luxury: Camera and film

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40 minutes

Music Played

  • Bob Dylan

    Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

  • Theatre Workshop Cast

    They Didn't Believe Me

    • Oh What A Lovely War.
  • Schwartz

    All For The Best

    Artist: David Essex, Jeremy Irons et al

  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle

    First Born

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Mark Knopfler

      Irish Boy

      Artist: Paul Brady, Liam O'Flynn et al

  • London Voices

    On Earth As It Is In Heaven

  • Carly Simon


  • Hess/Brown

    Demewer But Dangerous

    Soloist: Sinead Cusack

  • Book Choice

    • Construction manual

  • Luxury Choice

    • Camera and film

BBC Four Talk Collection

BBC Four Talk Collection
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Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Parkinson
Interviewed Guest Jeremy Irons


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