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  1. BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Russell Brand

    Russell Brand, comedian & actor, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

    Actor, comic, writer, Russell Brand is a compelling cultural phenomenon who in 2006 was, in his own words, "plucked from a life of hard drugs and petty crime and rocketed into the snugly carcinogenic glare of celebrity."

    Along with an athletic wit and a florid turn of phrase he specialises in going too far - reckless acts of self-destruction and a degree of chaos seem to be his companions along life’s winding path. It’s been five years since he rocked the foundations of the BBC with what became known as the Ross Brand scandal. He’s since gone on to international success with a movie career, best-selling books and all the trappings of life on the "A" list.

    His most recent notable appearances have included testifying to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the importance of funding for drugs rehabilitation programmes and an appearance as a panellist on Question Time.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/cae284e3#b037524r

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  2. BBC - Desert Island Discs - Castaway : Ricky Gervais

    Kirsty Young’s castaway this week is Ricky Gervais. In just twelve episodes, his show The Office changed the face of British television comedy. At its centre was the comic monster, David Brent, a middle-manager being filmed for a mock-documentary who saw the ever-present cameras as his route to popularity and fame. Ricky Gervais’s performance was both excruciating and unmissable - one critic called the programme "among the most affecting and invigorating works of fiction since the turn of the century".

    As he discusses with Kirsty Young, comedy was the language he grew up with - the youngest of four children, being able to come up with a gag or a smart rejoinder was the linguistic currency of his home. That, he says, is where the ‘show-off performer’ was born. Now with seven Baftas, two Golden Globes and an Emmy to his name, Ricky Gervais is gratified that his work is recognised and says his aim has always been to bring art into comedy.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/castaway/ac3d08ea#b007qsrj

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