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Professor Brian Cox

Physicist and TV presenter Prof Brian Cox chooses the eight tracks, book and luxury item he would take if cast away on a desert island. Presented by Kirsty Young.

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?"

Producer: Corinna Jones.

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45 minutes

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Fri 30 Dec 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • David Bowie

      Queen Bitch

      Composer: Bowie

      • Hunky Dory.
      • EMI.
  • Frank Sinatra

    Come Fly with Me

    Composer: Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen

    • The Wonderful World of Frank Sinatra 1952-1960.
    • Remember.
  • The Jam

    Going Underground

    Composer: Weller

    • The Jam: Greatest Hits.
    • Polydor.
  • Duran Duran

    Friends of Mine

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

    • Live at Hammersmith 82.
    • EMI.
  • Dare

    King of Spades

    Composer: Darren Wharton

    • Out Of The Silence.
    • Universal.
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark


    Composer: Omd

    • The Best of OMD..
    • Virgin.
  • Clem Snide

    Moment in the Sun

    Composer: E.Barzelay

    • Delicatessen 4 CD1.
    • Cooking Vinyl.
  • Billy Joel

    New York State of Mind

    Composer: Joel

    • Billy Joel: Greatest Hits Volume.
    • CBS.
  • Book Choice

    • Classical Electrodynamics - John David Jackson

  • Luxury Choice

    • A coffee machine


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Brian Cox


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