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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

    Brian Cox, actor

    Brian Cox, actor

    Brian Cox CBE is a Scottish actor whose career spans almost 60 years, from his early days sweeping the stage at his local theatre in Dundee to his current Golden Globe-winning role as the media patriarch Logan Roy in the HBO series Succession. He has appeared in more than 100 films, many television series, and has won two Olivier awards for his work on stage.

    Brian Cox was born in 1946, the youngest of five children, and grew up in a working-class household in Dundee. His father died of cancer when he was eight and his mother, who was receiving regular psychiatric treatment, was unable to take care of him. He moved in with his sister Betty and her family.

    He left school aged 14 with no qualifications, and started out as a stage hand and stage cleaner at Dundee Rep, before winning a place at drama school. Years of theatre work followed, alongside actors such as Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud and Albert Finney. His later stage roles include acclaimed performances as King Lear at the National Theatre, and Titus Andronicus for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On film, his work includes the first screen portrayal of Hannibal Lecter - renamed Lecktor - in Manhunter, and blockbusters such as The Bourne Identity, X-Men 2, Braveheart and Troy.

    He received a CBE in 2002, and lives in New York City with his second wife Nicole Ansari.

    DISC ONE: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Johnny Cash
    DISC TWO: Saturday Night at the Movies by The Drifters
    DISC THREE: The Air That I Breathe by KD Lang
    DISC FOUR: Get Back by The Beatles
    DISC FIVE: La quête by Jacques Brel
    DISC SIX: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
    DISC SEVEN: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
    DISC EIGHT: Don’t Get Me Wrong by The Pretenders

    BOOK CHOICE: In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky
    LUXURY ITEM: A sewing kit
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Sarah Taylor

    • 34 min
    Dame Helena Morrissey, financier and campaigner

    Dame Helena Morrissey, financier and campaigner

    Dame Helena Morrissey is a former City fund manager and chief executive of a major investment company, who has also campaigned to boost the number of women in the boardroom. Newspapers regularly describe her as 'Superwoman', because alongside her many professional achievements, she's the mother of nine children.

    Helena Morrissey is the daughter of two teachers, and her drive was evident from an early age. She was - by her own admission - a 'manic Brownie', striving to gain the maximum number of badges, and she also played the piano to a high standard. She won a place at Cambridge University from her comprehensive school in Chichester, and on graduating, joined an asset management company in their New York office. On her return to London, she felt that she was denied promotion because she had a young baby.

    She moved to Newton Investment Management, and at the age of 35 she was appointed the CEO - a role she was not expecting to take. Under her leadership, the company's assets grew from £20 billion to £50 billion. In 2010 she established the 30% Club, campaigning for better female representation on the boards of British companies, and in 2017 she received a DBE for services to diversity in the financial sector.

    She lives in London with her husband Richard, who gave up full time work to look after their many children.

    DISC ONE: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
    DISC TWO: Polonaise in A Flat, Op. 53, Heroic, composed by Frédéric François Chopin and performed by Arthur Rubenstein
    DISC THREE: We've Only Just Begun by The Carpenters
    DISC FOUR: Being Boring by Pet Shop Boys
    DISC FIVE: Moon River by Audrey Hepburn
    DISC SIX: Calm Down by The Clementines
    DISC SEVEN: Condolence by Benjamin Clementine
    DISC EIGHT: God Is by Kanye West

    BOOK CHOICE: Much Obliged, Jeeves by P. G .Wodehouse
    LUXURY ITEM: A grand piano
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Cathy Drysdale

    • 36 min
    Daniel Radcliffe, actor

    Daniel Radcliffe, actor

    Daniel Radcliffe reached a global audience in the title role of the hugely successful Harry Potter films. He has also appeared on Broadway and in the West End, as well as in over a dozen films since the final part of the Harry Potter series was released in 2011.

    Born in 1989, the only child of Alan and Marcia Radcliffe, Daniel made his acting debut aged 10 in a BBC adaptation of David Copperfield. The following year he was cast as Harry Potter, and he and his co-stars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, would spend ten years filming the series. Daniel made a point of taking other roles before it had finished, and he appeared on stage in Peter Shaffer’s play Equus in 2007, a role which involved prolonged full frontal nudity.

    Since then he has appeared on screen, on stage and on television, playing characters from the beat poet Allen Ginsberg to a cop going undercover as a neo-Nazi, and his recent films include Guns Akimbo and Escape from Pretoria. In the theatre, he is appearing in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame in London.

    He supports the Trevor Project which works to prevent suicides among LGBTQ youth and which Daniel first became aware of during the Broadway run of Equus in 2008. Daniel has been in a long-term relationship with fellow actor Erin Darke who he met on a film set in 2012.

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Cathy Drysdale

    • 55 min
    Chris Riddell, illustrator, author and political cartoonist

    Chris Riddell, illustrator, author and political cartoonist

    Chris Riddell is an illustrator, author of children’s books and a political cartoonist. From 2015 to 2017, he was the Children’s Laureate, and he has won three Greenaway Medals for his work – more than any other illustrator.

    He was born in 1962 in Cape Town, South Africa, where his parents were both anti-apartheid activists. They moved to the UK when Chris was a year old. He grew up first in rural England, and later in south London where his father, a vicar, became chaplain of Brixton Prison.

    He started drawing as a young boy when he was given paper and pencils by his mother to keep him quiet during his father’s sermons. After school, he studied illustration under Raymond Briggs at Brighton Polytechnic and received his first commission while still at art school. As a writer his work ranges from picture books to chapter book series including Ottoline and Goth Girl, and as an illustrator he has frequently collaborated with authors such as Paul Stewart and Neil Gaiman.

    He started as a political cartoonist in the late 1980s and has drawn the Observer’s weekly cartoon since 1995, celebrating 25 years at the paper this year. As Children's Laureate, he encouraged children to draw, and championed the importance of school libraries and librarians.

    Chris is married to Jo, a fellow illustrator and printmaker, with whom he has three grown-up children, among them Katy, another illustrator.

    DISC ONE: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, performed by Sinfonia of London
    DISC TWO: The Funeral: September 25, 1977 (Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika) by Thuli Dumakude
    DISC THREE: Smoke Signals by Phoebe Bridgers
    DISC FOUR: Final Day by Young Marble Giants
    DISC FIVE: Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
    DISC SIX: Horace in Brighton by Bird in the Belly
    DISC SEVEN: Klarinettenkonzert A-Dur K. 622 - 2. Adagio - I. Allegro. Composed by Mozart, directed by János Rolla, performed by Kálmán Berkes (clarinet) and Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Budapest
    DISC EIGHT: Tabula rasa: II. Silentium composed by Arvo Pärt, conducted by Paavo Järvi, performed by Viktoria Mullova (violin) and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

    BOOK CHOICE: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, with the Tenniel illustrations.
    LUXURY ITEM: Sketchbooks and pens
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli, performed by Sinfonia of London

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Cathy Drysdale

    • 38 min
    Dorothy Byrne, journalist

    Dorothy Byrne, journalist

    Dorothy Byrne is the head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4, and has worked in journalism for more than four decades.

    In 2018 she received the Outstanding Contribution Award at Royal Television Society Journalism Awards, and her recent commissions include the Channel 4 News investigation into Cambridge Analytica, the Michael Jackson expose Leaving Neverland and the BAFTA-winning documentary For Sama, about one family’s life under siege in Aleppo, which also won an Oscar nomination.

    She began her career in journalism in her mid 20s on the Waltham Forest Guardian, after writing a cheeky letter to 50 local newspaper editors - just one responded. She later moved into television, joining the acclaimed World in Action team at Granada, where she argued that the programme's agenda was male-dominated and needed to change.

    Dorothy gave the MacTaggart Lecture at the 2019 Edinburgh International Television Festival, in which she argued that the scrutiny of politicians through broadcast interviews is important for the health of democracy. She also described herself as 'just about the oldest female TV executive working for a broadcaster'.

    DISC ONE: Greatest Living Creature by John Grant
    DISC TWO: Non-Alignment Pact by Per Ubu
    DISC THREE: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, composed by George Frideric Handel, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and performed by Dame Joan Sutherland and London Symphony Orchestra
    DISC FOUR: Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense by Fela Kuti
    DISC FIVE: Dido's Lament: When I'm Laid In Earth, composed by Hendry Purcell, conducted by Raymond Leppard and performed by Jessye Norman and English Chamber Orchestra
    DISC SIX: World in Action by Matt Berry
    DISC EIGHT: The People United Will Never Be Defeated by Igor Levit

    BOOK CHOICE: Physics text books
    LUXURY ITEM: The back catalogue of In Our Time / the voice of Melvyn Bragg
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, composed by George Frideric Handel, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and performed by Dame Joan Sutherland and London Symphony Orchestra

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Sarah Taylor

    • 39 min
    Melanie C

    Melanie C

    Melanie Chisholm - known as Melanie C - is a singer and songwriter who found global fame as one fifth of the Spice Girls, the most commercially successful female group ever.

    Melanie was one of 400 other hopefuls who answered an advertisement to form a new girl band in 1994 - little knowing how her life would be turned upside down by fame and worldwide success. She was given the nickname Sporty Spice and presented what she calls a "gobby' persona to the outside world, but inside she was a shy girl who preferred to stay in the background.

    She grew up in Merseyside and as a child she loved performing. At 16 she attended the Doreen Bird College of Arts, aiming for a career in musical theatre. By her early 20s, she was an international star: Spice world was a high-octane life of constant recording and touring and the accompanying press scrutiny contributed to a stressful environment. As the pressure intensified Melanie suffered from eating disorders and in 2000 she was diagnosed with depression. Her recovery was long and painful but she says finally getting a diagnosis enabled her to begin the process of getting better.

    When the Spice Girls went their separate ways for a while Melanie began a career as a successful solo artist. In 2009 she played Mrs Johnstone in the West End production of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, earning five star reviews and standing ovations. Recently she has been back on stage with the Spice Girls on their stadium tour.

    DISC ONE: I Wish by Stevie Wonder
    DISC TWO: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
    DISC THREE: Prince Charming by Adam and the Ants
    DISC FOUR: Into the Groove by Madonna
    DISC FIVE: Girls and Boys by Blur
    DISC SIX: Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
    DISC SEVEN: Heaven on Their Minds by Tim Minchin
    DISC EIGHT: You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers

    BOOK CHOICE: Dancing with Demons: The Authorised Biography of Dusty Springfield by Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham
    LUXURY ITEM: A Martin acoustic guitar
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: I Wish by Stevie Wonder

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Paula McGinley

    • 41 min

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