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Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox

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First broadcast: Fri 30 Dec 2011

Scientist

Kirsty Young's castaway is the scientist Professor Brian Cox.

In the press he's been called 'the pin-up professor' and his enormously popular TV series have been credited with creating the 'Brian Cox effect' - a surge in the number of would-be scientists applying to university. As a teenager he decided he wanted to be a rock star; he toured the world as a member of the band Dare and performed on Top of the Pops with his second group D:Ream.

He says:"I hope, we're beginning to treat ideas almost like we treated rock and roll - I hope so, it would be wonderful, wouldn't it, if ideas were the new rock and roll?"

Choices

David Bowie

1.

Castaway's favourite

David Bowie

Queen Bitch

Composer: Bowie

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Frank Sinatra

2.

Frank Sinatra

Come Fly with Me

Composer: Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen

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The Jam

3.

The Jam

Going Underground

Composer: Weller

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Duran Duran

4.

Duran Duran

Friends of Mine

Composer: Nick Rhodes, Andrew Taylor, Roger Taylor & Simon le Bon

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Dare

5.

Dare

King of Spades

Composer: Darren Wharton

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Clem Snide

7.

Clem Snide

Moment in the Sun

Composer: E.Barzelay

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Billy Joel

8.

Billy Joel

New York State of Mind

Composer: Joel

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Book

Classical Electrodynamics by John David Jackson

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Luxury item

A coffee machine

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