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The castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is playwright Alan Bleasdale. Often controversial, and always funny, Bleasdale's work focuses on life in Liverpool, a city he loves and whose characters people his most famous plays - Boys from the Blackstuff and GBH. He'll be talking to Sue Lawley about his intense love of family, his work and, as a self-confessed hypochondriac, he will be revealing some of his fears.

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

Favourite track: Shelter From The Storm by Bob Dylan
Book: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Luxury: Nail clippers

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