“Desert Island Discs” is a popular radio programme that has been airing on BBC Radio 4 since 1942. Each week, a guest, known as a ‘castaway,’ is invited to choose eight recordings, a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island. In addition to their choices, they’re given the Complete Works of Shakespeare and either the Bible or another appropriate religious or philosophical work.

The show’s format is a conversation between the host and the guest, interspersed with the chosen recordings. The dialogue often delves into the guest’s life story, their work and the reasons behind their chosen items. The programme has seen an array of guests, from politicians and actors to musicians and sports stars, all sharing their life stories and favourite music.

The current host of “Desert Island Discs” is Lauren Laverne, who took over from Kirsty Young in 2018. The programme has been presented by only four hosts in its history, including its creator, Roy Plomley. The show continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of personal narrative and music.

The programme’s archive is available online, offering a rich history of music and personal stories from a wide range of notable figures. Each episode offers a unique insight into the life and tastes of the featured castaway, making it a fascinating listen for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

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