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Kirsty Young interviews actor Tom Hanks, who chooses the records he would take with him to a desert island.

Kirsty Young's castaway is Tom Hanks.

From 'Big' to 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'Captain Phillips' to 'Apollo 13', his long and distinguished film-making career has brought him multiple awards and many plaudits. He's the recipient of eight Emmys, one Bafta and four Golden Globes and was the youngest ever actor to be given a lifetime achievement award by the American Film institute. The voice of Woody in the 'Toy Story' films, he won the first of his two Oscars in 1993 for Philadelphia and again the following year for Forrest Gump.

His parents split up when he was 5 and he went to live with his father. By the age of 10 he'd lived in ten different houses in five different cities. He loved school and developed a passion for history which is reflected in the film he made with Steven Spielberg, 'Saving Private Ryan' and the TV mini-series 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific' which he also produced.

His latest film is 'Hologram for The King'.

He is married to the actor & producer, Rita Wilson.

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

The podcast version of this programme is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

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48 minutes

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Fri 13 May 2016 09:00

Music Played

  • Dean Martin & Line Renaud (Leen Reno)

    Relax-Ay-Voo

    • The Best of “The Capitol Years”.
    • Capitol Records.
  • The Beatles

    There’s A Place

    • Please Please Me.
    • Apple.
  • Dusty Springfield

    Doodlin’

    • Ev’rything’s Coming Up Dusty.
    • Beat Goes On Records.
  • CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE

    • Richard Strauss

      Main Title: Also Sprach Zarathustra

      Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Alfred Newman, Ken Darby

    Main Title: “How The West Was Won”

    Performer: MGM Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Alfred Newman.
    • How the West Was Won Original Film Soundtrack.
    • CBS.
  • Talking Heads

    Once in a Lifetime

    • Remain in Light.
    • Sire.
  • LL Cool J

    Mama Said Knock You Out

    • Mama Said Knock You Out.
    • Def Jam.
  • Derek and the Dominos

    Layla

    • Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.
    • Polygram.
  • BOOK CHOICE

    A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester

  • LUXURY ITEM

    A Hermes 3000 manual typewriter & paper

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Tom Hanks
Producer Cathy Drysdale

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