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’
THE TOP 'POPULAR' NOT 'CLASSICAL' SONGS CHOSEN
Edith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien
Frank Sinatra - I Did It My Way
Noel Coward - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Edith Piaf - La Vie En Rose
Flanagan and Allen - Underneath the Arches
Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
John Lennon - Imagine
THOSE WHO REFUSED TO APPEAR ON THE SHOW
actor Laurence Olivier
MP John Prescott
rocker Mick Jagger
poet Ted Hughes
actor Albert Finney
playwright George Bernard Shaw
LUXURY ITEMS CHOSEN
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.