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The music choices became sidenotes as the Hollywood star struck up an affable rapport with Kirsty Young

Few programmes spark the satisfaction a particularly good edition of Desert Island Discs does. Fewer still match Kirsty Young's talent for being the best interviewer in the business. Young has a way of eking out compelling portraits of people you might never have heard of, sucking listeners in anyway. It was almost inevitable, then, that Dustin Hoffman's turn as a castaway would become this week's must-hear.

"A 'funny guy' was a nice way of putting it. I was a real loser," he says of his teens in that pleasingly deep nasal honk. Hoffman's aunt told him he was too ugly to be an actor and he later describes The Graduate as "a freak accident that was never meant to be".

It is a familiar celebrity narrative, this – the "doomed to be a failure, »

- Nosheen Iqbal

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