January 22, 2022

BBC Radio: "500 Desert Island Discs Episodes to be Made Available Online"

From The Guardian:

Hundreds of episodes of Desert Island Discs are to be made available online, settling a long-running broadcasting dispute almost 70 years after the show first aired.

[The archive will go live in April.]

The BBC archive, spanning the last 10 years of famous castaways – 500 Desert Island Discs episodes – will be accompanied by a searchable database of every composition, every book and every luxury item chosen by guests on the Radio 4 show.


The essential format of Desert Island Discs is little changed since its first broadcast in 1942. However, castaways were only afforded luxury items from 1951. Since that date, Paul McCartney has chosen a guitar, Neil Kinnock asked for Radio 4, and Jeffrey Archer wanted a plasticine figure of Plomley with a supply of pins.

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