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Desert Island Discs: 70 years of castaways

Sean Magee

'For seventy years now Desert Island Discs has managed that rare feat - to be both enduring and relevant. By casting away the biggest names of the day in science, business, politics, showbiz, sport and the arts, it presents a cross-sectional snapshot of the times in which we live. As the decades have passed, the programme has kept pace; never frozen in time yet always, somehow, comfortingly the same.' Kirsty Young BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its seventieth birthday in 2012. Since the programme's deviser Roy Plomley interviewed comedian Vic Oliver in January 1942, nearly 3,000 distinguished people from all walks of life have been stranded on the mythical island, accompanied by only eight records, one book and a luxury. Here the story of one of BBC Radio 4's favourite programmes is chronicled through a special selection of castaways. Roy Plomley, inventor of the programme as well as its presenter for over forty years, quizzes the young Cliff Richard about 'these rather frenzied movements' the 1960s pop sensation makes on the stage. Robert Maxwell tells Plomley's successor Michael Parkinson that 'I will have left the world a slightly better place by having lived in it.' Diana Mosley assures Sue Lawley that Adolf Hitler was 'extraordinarily fascinating' and had mesmeric blue eyes. And Johnny Vegas tugs Kirsty Young's heart-strings with his account of a childhood so impoverished that family pets were fair game: 'My dad had always claimed that rabbits were livestock, but we'd never eaten one before.' Desert Island Discs is much more than a radio programme. It is a unique and enduringly popular take on our lives and times - and this book tells in rich detail the colourful and absorbing story of an extraordinary institution.

'For seventy years now Desert Island Discs has managed that rare feat - to be both enduring and relevant. By casting away the biggest names of the day in science, business, politics, showbiz, sport and the arts, it presents a cross-sectional snapshot of the times in which we live. As the decades have passed, the programme has kept pace; never frozen in time yet always, somehow, comfortingly the same.' Kirsty Young BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its seventieth birthday in 2012. Since the programme's deviser Roy Plomley interviewed comedian Vic Oliver in January 1942, nearly 3,000 distinguished people from all walks of life have been stranded on the mythical island, accompanied by only eight records, one book and a luxury. Here the story of one of BBC Radio 4's favourite programmes is chronicled through a special selection of castaways. Roy Plomley, inventor of the programme as well as its presenter for over forty years, quizzes the young Cliff Richard about 'these rather frenzied movements' the 1960s pop sensation makes on the stage. Robert Maxwell tells Plomley's successor Michael Parkinson that 'I will have left the world a slightly better place by having lived in it.' Diana Mosley assures Sue Lawley that Adolf Hitler was 'extraordinarily fascinating' and had mesmeric blue eyes. And Johnny Vegas tugs Kirsty Young's heart-strings with his account of a childhood so impoverished that family pets were fair game: 'My dad had always claimed that rabbits were livestock, but we'd never eaten one before.' Desert Island Discs is much more than a radio programme. It is a unique and enduringly popular take on our lives and times - and this book tells in rich detail the colourful and absorbing story of an extraordinary institution.
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'For seventy years now Desert Island Discs has managed that rare feat - to be both enduring and relevant. By casting away the biggest names of the day in science, business, politics, showbiz, sport and the arts, it presents a cross-sectional snapshot of the times in which we live. As the decades have passed, the programme has kept pace; never frozen in time yet always, somehow, comfortingly the same.' Kirsty Young BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its seventieth birthday in 2012. Since the programme's deviser Roy Plomley interviewed comedian Vic Oliver in January 1942, nearly 3,000 distinguished people from all walks of life have been stranded on the mythical island, accompanied by only eight records, one book and a luxury. Here the story of one of BBC Radio 4's favourite programmes is chronicled through a special selection of castaways. Roy Plomley, inventor of the programme as well as its presenter for over forty years, quizzes the young Cliff Richard about 'these rather frenzied movements' the 1960s pop sensation makes on the stage. Robert Maxwell tells Plomley's successor Michael Parkinson that 'I will have left the world a slightly better place by having lived in it.' Diana Mosley assures Sue Lawley that Adolf Hitler was 'extraordinarily fascinating' and had mesmeric blue eyes. And Johnny Vegas tugs Kirsty Young's heart-strings with his account of a childhood so impoverished that family pets were fair game: 'My dad had always claimed that rabbits were livestock, but we'd never eaten one before.' Desert Island Discs is much more than a radio programme. It is a unique and enduringly popular take on our lives and times - and this book tells in rich detail the colourful and absorbing story of an extraordinary institution.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alex Jennings, Juliet Stevenson

Length:

18h 11m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:59


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

44:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:34


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:57


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

16:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:59


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:33


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:37


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

10:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

25:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:55


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

11:16


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

10:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:52


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

12:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

20:29


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

17:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

11:34


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

13:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:51


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

11:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:01


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

12:57


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

12:09


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

12:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

10:55


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

13:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

12:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

13:59


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

14:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

15:13


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

12:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

13:30


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

11:51


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

17:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

10:03


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

10:31


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

11:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

12:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

10:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

10:38


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

13:30


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

10:26


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

13:29


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

11:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

10:11


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

11:45


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

12:34


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

11:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

10:59


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

14:14


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

16:15