Are you one of the three million people who listen to Desert Island Discs every week on Radio 4? If you don't then here is a brief recap: successful and well-known figures are interviewed about their life and what eight records they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island and what would their one luxury item would be that is inanimate.

The first Desert Island Discs was broadcast on January 29, 1942, with comedian Vic Oliver as the castaway. It is now Britain’s longest-running radio series and turns 70 this month! An astonishing 2800 episodes have been made. I am still waiting for the phone call...

You can listen to past shows on the BBC website. 

1) Creator Roy Plomley hosted it for 43 years from 1942 to 1985

2) Michael Parkinson (himself a castaway in Feb 1972) hosted it from January 1986 until 1996

3) Sue Lawley hosted it from 1996 until September 2006

4) Kirsty Young has hosted it since October 2006: ‘For me, the programme’s strength lies where it always has: in the unique blend of a castaway’s life and their music’


  1. Edith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

  2. Frank Sinatra - I Did It My Way

  3. Noel Coward - Mad Dogs and Englishmen

  4. Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose

  5. Flanagan and Allen - Underneath the Arches

  6. Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow

  7. Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World

  8. John Lennon - Imagine


Prince Charles

actor Laurence Olivier

MP John Prescott

rocker Mick Jagger

poet Ted Hughes

actor Albert Finney

playwright George Bernard Shaw 


Dame Vera Lynn - curling tongs

Nicole Kidman, Annie Lennox and Joan Collins - sunblock

Kristin Scott Thomas - Christian Louboutin mules

Cilla Black - manicure set

Simon Cowell and Graham Norton - mirror

You can listen to CASTAWAY: 70 Years Of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, January 28th at 8pm. 

The 70th anniversary edition is on Radio 4, January 29th at 11.15am.

Please do tell me your favourite songs and luxury item you would take on a desert island. I love to read your comments on this blog.

Love Lovely x

PS: My songs would range from REM Everybody Hurts to Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream and my luxury item would have to be a loofah!