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Desert Island Discs: Archive 1991-1996

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Martin Amis
Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs today is the writer Martin Amis. He describes his books as comedies, but, like London Fields and Other People, they are frequently dark and disturbing. He says that he has no choice as to the subjects of his books. "They come from nowhere and feel like a little gulp in your digestive system". Although he admits that he's sometimes appalled by the characters he creates, writing itself is something he loves. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Yesterdays by Buddy Rich Book: Complete Works by John Milton Luxury: Cable Television
Jennifer Saunders
The castaway on Desert Island Discs this week is Absolutely Fabulous! Jennifer Saunders began "doing funny things with props" in the early 1980s. With her stage partner Dawn French, she toured the clubs and comedy venues making people laugh with acts like The Menopause Sisters. As part of the Comic Strip performers, she burst onto our TV screens as one of the famous, if rather manic, five. Now through her characters Edina and Patsy, she has created a comedy classic. But as she tells Sue Lawley, Absolutely Fabulous came about because, having taken a year off from French and Saunders, the phone was ominously silent, and she had absolutely nothing else to do. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No by Blondie Book: Traveller's Prelude by Freya Stark Luxury: Tribute Heads By Elisabeth Frink
Ian Dury
Today's castaway on Desert Island Discs confused the rock critics in the late 1970s with songs like Sweet Gene Vincent, Reasons to be Cheerful and outraged the BBC with Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. Ian Dury and the Blockheads were part vaudeville act and part punk rock band. In his songs, he created the characters Clevor Trever and Billericay Dickie and so invented the original Essex Man. He's also a painter and an actor, but as he reveals to Sue Lawley, he's writing songs again and hopes to be back in the charts soon. [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: Ramblin by Ornette Coleman Book: Macmillan Dictionary of Art Luxury: Mixing Desk - Solar Powered
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Started
Jan 6th, 1991
Latest Episode
Dec 29th, 1996
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
246
Avg. Episode Length
37 minutes
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