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John Fortune

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

Duration: 36 min

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