Monthly Archives: January 2012

What are your Desert Island Discs?

That wonderful BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this month.

The first programme was aired on January 27, 1942, with the incomparable Roy Plomley interviewing his first castaway Vic Oliver, the Viennese comedian, actor and musician. Since then there have been more than 2,000 editions of the programme, with castaways chosing more than 22,000 pieces of music to keep them company on their island.

Books and luxuries were added to the mix in the 1950s.

For those who don’t know the format, castaways are asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury that they would take to a desert island.

Have you thought of yours? It’s very difficult to choose, but here are mine:


Guiseppe Verdi – Requiem (my favourite piece of classical music. I’m not an aficionado of the classical genre, but I’ve listened to it for more than 20 years and adore it).

Harry Connick Jr – It Had To Be You
(the first dance with my husband. I prefer it to the Sinatra one).

The Prodigy – Breathe (it could be one of a dozen Prodigy tracks, to be honest. I reserve the right to change my mind on this one. It could be Voodoo People … they are the best band I’ve ever seen live).

All About Eve – Gold and Silver (one of my favourite bands from the 1980s).

Echo and the Bunnymen – Over the Wall (hmmm, actually. This was too close to call with Lips Like Sugar. And All I Want).

The Sisters of Mercy – Marian (or anything off the First and Last and Always album. Fabulous school/college memories).

Florence and the Machine – Rabbit Heart .

Spear of Destiny – Don’t Turn Away.

Entire 20 volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary (all bound up as one book *cough*).

Endless cases of good, white wine (to drink in moderation, of course).

What would be your choices?