Americans [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

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Alice Walker2016111320200112 (BBC7)From Beethoven to Stevie Wonder, author Alice Walker shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Beethoven to Stevie Wonder, author Alice Walker shares her castaway choices.

From Beethoven to Stevie Wonder.

Award-winning author, poet, feminist and activist, Alice Walker shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young

Her novel The Color Purple brought Alice worldwide attention and acclaim. The story of a poor black girl surviving in the deep American south, between the wars, it's a landmark work, disturbing and exhilarating in equal measure.

If one subscribes to the idea that "art is a wound turned to light", then Alice Walker's early life proved crucial to her future creations. Shot and blinded in one eye by her brother's BB gun it was through the isolation of her injury that she began to write. She once described poetry as "medicine".

She has also said, "I know the world's a mess, but there's so much that's gorgeous in it. I wish everybody could have what I have."

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013

Gillian Anderson2016112020200119 (BBC7)From The Rolling Stones to Schubert. X-Files' Gillian Anderson shares her castaway choices

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Radiohead to Schubert.

American actress Gillian Anderson shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley

Best known as Dana Scully in The X-Files , her TV role won her two Screen Actors Guild awards, an Emmy and a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2003.

From Radiohead to Schubert. X-Files' Gillian Anderson shares her castaway choices

Stephen Sondheim2016110620200105 (BBC7)From Gershwin to Stravinsky, composer Stephen Sondheim shares his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Gershwin to Stravinsky, composer Stephen Sondheim shares his castaway choices.

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From the Beatles to Richard Strauss, actor Tom Hanks makes his castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

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.

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

Producer: Cathy Drysdale

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2016.

From the Beatles to Richard Strauss, actor Tom Hanks makes his castaway choices.

From the Beatles to Richard Strauss. Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young

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.

From 'Big' to 'Sleepless in Seattle', 'Captain Phillips' to 'Apollo 13', Tom's 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. Tom 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.