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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.

Desert Island Discs BBC

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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 Greene

    Brian Greene

    Brian Greene is a theoretical physicist, mathematician and writer, whose area of research is string theory. His books and broadcasts distil the complexities of science for a general audience, leading one critic to say appreciatively “he speaks maths, physics and human.”

    Born in New York City, his father taught him the basics of arithmetic when he was a toddler and by the time he was five Brian was multiplying 30-digit numbers by 30-digit numbers - just for the pure joy of working things out by himself. At 11 Brian had exhausted everything his maths teacher could teach him but, thanks to his teacher’s resourcefulness, he managed to get extra tuition from a graduate student at Columbia University.

    After graduating from Harvard in 1984, Brian won a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University to study gravity and quantum mechanics. At Oxford he became captivated by the idea of string theory which was causing much excitement among the physics community at the time. String theory was seen as having the potential to answer life’s big questions about space, time and the universe.

    Over the years Brian has been at the forefront of scientific discoveries including mirror symmetry and later proving that tears could happen in the fabric of space.

    Brian is currently professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University.


    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Paula McGinley

    • 38 min
    Billie Piper, actor

    Billie Piper, actor

    Billie Piper is an Olivier Award winning actor and former pop star.

    She was born in Swindon in September 1982, and her parents nurtured her interests in dance and drama from a young age.

    After a winning a scholarship to study at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, she moved to London as a young teenager, leaving the family home. By the age of 15, she was a full time pop star. She became the youngest female artist ever to go straight to number one in the UK charts when her debut single was a hit in 1998.

    Just three years later, after releasing more successful singles and two albums and touring furiously to promote them, Billie left the music industry. She married the DJ Chris Evans, and found herself the frequent subject of newspaper stories.

    She decided to turn to acting, her first love, and by 2005 she was back in the spotlight playing Rose Tyler in the BBC’s revival of Doctor Who. Since then she has taken on a wide range of acclaimed screen and stage roles, most notably picking up all six available awards for Best Actress – including the Olivier Award – when she starred in a new version of Lorca's play Yerma. Her recent TV series I Hate Suzy, which she co-created, has been BAFTA nominated and she has also written and directed her first film, Rare Beasts.

    DISC ONE: Pure Imagination by Gene Wilder
    DISC TWO: This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) by Talking Heads
    DISC THREE: Sara by Fleetwood Mac
    DISC FOUR: Out of Space by The Prodigy
    DISC FIVE: Champagne Supernova by Oasis
    DISC SIX: Turn The Page by The Streets
    DISC SEVEN: Halo by Beyoncé
    DISC EIGHT: Juicy by The Notorious B.I.G

    BOOK CHOICE: The Cost of Living by Deborah Levy
    LUXURY ITEM: Billie’s children’s art work
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Champagne Supernova by Oasis

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

    • 36 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Desmond Tutu

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Desmond Tutu

    Sue Lawley talks to former Archbishop of Capetown Desmond Tutu in a programme first broadcast in 1994. Desmond Tutu celebrates his 90th birthday this year.

    • 37 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Helen McCrory

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Helen McCrory

    Lauren Laverne talks to the actress Helen McCrory, in a programme first broadcast in 2020. Helen McCrory died in April 2021, at the age of 52.

    • 35 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Kathleen Turner

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Kathleen Turner

    Sue Lawley interviews the actor Kathleen Turner in a programme first broadcast in 2000.

    • 34 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Russell T Davies

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Russell T Davies

    Russell T Davies is one of the U.K.'s most successful television writers. He spent his teenage years learning his dramatic craft with the West Glamorgan Youth Theatre, and his career in television began in the children's department at the BBC.

    His first solo hit TV series was the ground-breaking, sexually frank drama Queer as Folk, first broadcast on Channel 4 in 1999.
    A lifelong Doctor Who fan, he relaunched the series in 2005 for a new generation of viewers. Such was its success, he found himself working around the clock.

    More recently, he wrote the highly-acclaimed series A Very English Scandal, starring Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe, and the dystopian drama Years and Years.

    DISC ONE: Julie Covington, Charlotte Cornwell, Rula Lenska - Sugar Mountain
    DISC TWO: Hora Staccato (1950 version) performed by Jascha Heifetz and Emanuel Bay
    DISC THREE: The New Christy Minstrels - Three Wheels on My Wagon -
    DISC FOUR: Leonard Bernstein's Gloria in excelsis, performed by The Norman Scribner Choir
    DISC FIVE: Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights
    DISC SIX: The OT Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down (Builds Like A Skyscraper Mix)
    DISC SEVEN: Neil Hannon - Song For Ten
    DISC EIGHT: Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
    BOOK CHOICE: Asterix and the Roman Agent by by René Goscinny with illustrations by Albert Uderzo

    LUXURY ITEM: A black Ball Pentol Pen
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Leonard Bernstein's Gloria in excelsis

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Sarah Taylor
    (First broadcast in 2019)

    • 42 min

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A classic of the spoken radio, this weekly spot brings a new personality to the public with respect and humour, feeling and perspicacity.
The interviewer leaves her own biography to one side and her interviewee shines out, some more than others, but always leaving a clear impression.
Empathy and interest, discovering a new public figure every week. Not to be missed.

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