http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnmr

    It is a grand moment to get Desert Island Discs (DIDs) on the iPlayer. We have always had good relations with the family of the programme's founding father - Roy Plomley - but the programme was conceived in a pre-digital age and so we needed to work out with the family how to make the programme available online as well as for its two transmissions.

    We have now sorted it all out and we have plans to make the website an all-singing, all-dancing affair - encouraging people to compare their choices with the choices of castaways, looking at the most selected tracks etc. etc. And we will end up podcasting DIDs too.

    For the time being we're off to the races with Barry Manilow - and the programme will be available to listen to on the web site - along with the rest of the Radio 4 schedule.

    It is a great programme - doing wonderfully I think with Kirsty Young.

    DIDs' moments? Princess Margaret with Roy Plomley (a curio), Sue Lawley and Simon Cowell (not a great meeting of minds), Kirsty and Humphrey Lyttelton, Kirsty and Andrew Neil (moving), Kirsty and Yoko Ono, Sue and Isaiah Berlin and many, many more. It's a treat in my week. I rarely miss it and I now have no excuse.

    I still yearn for Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Bill Clinton, George Bush, Barack Obama, Madonna, Arsene Wenger etc. etc. Stay tuned. We're trying.

    • You'll be able to listen again to Desert Island Discs on the programme's home page, starting with today's Barry Manilow episode.
    • The picture shows the programme's inventor and long-time presenter Roy Plomley in 1942, the year the programme was first broadcast. The picture is from the BBC's picture library and the caption reads: "Roy Plomley, script-writer of 'Hurrah for Hollywood', 'Show Souvenirs', 'Lady from Texas' and 'Desert Island Discs' series; actor and compere, 1942." You can see some more Desert Island Discs pictures from the archive here.

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    • Comment number 27. Posted by proust1922

      on 21 Dec 2009 01:06

      You say you recall the brilliant exchange between "Sue and Isaiah Berlin", which to my mind was the most erudite edition of DID ever, where the grand old sage selected eight seminal pieces from the classical canon and summarised each in gifted soundbites ("Bach: our daily bread"). When I wrote to congratulate him, his modest reply referred to himself as an "amateur" in musical appreciation, one who had been merely worshipping great men.

      Your own quote keeps cropping up in Google search results, yet this edition is not being offered through the iPlayer, sadly. Soon?

      In a different league, but inspirational in its turn, was Pete Waterman's edition when he defined the meaning of pop.

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    • Comment number 26. Posted by hermes

      on 16 Oct 2009 21:50

      This is excellent news indeed and just in time for my question.

      I'm after an old Desert Island Disc program from the 70's and wonder if there is a Desert Island Disc archive on the BBC?

      Desert Island Discs Radio 4 featuring Richard Walker Saturday 6th and Monday 8th July 1974 ?

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    • Comment number 25. Posted by cooperman1955

      on 8 Oct 2009 13:50

      This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

    • Comment number 24. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 3 Oct 2009 19:32

      23. At 7:41pm on 03 Oct 2009, JamesStGeorge wrote:
      [..//..]

      Sorry James but you simply don't have a clue as to what the law is.

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    • Comment number 23. Posted by JamesStGeorge

      on 3 Oct 2009 18:41

      #22

      So when has any personal use copier been charged with theft?

      No theft occurs.

      The law is old out of date and time and will have to go in the form it is. The reality is the people are copying as they like in their millions, get used to it, adapt or die out.

      Rather like the Standard newspaper just given up charging and now gives it away. 'Rights' exploiters have plenty of other ways of gaining revenue, all recorded versions will have to be free adverts for those other activities.

      Oh just noticed #17. Is he some BBC chap? Wanting to close down debate so probably. So Boilerplated I will leave it here. The future is free, no choice, progress.

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    • Comment number 22. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 3 Oct 2009 15:54

      #21

      "Sorry you are in fantasy land."

      Why does the word "Mirror" come to mind...

      If you had actually bother to read up on the actual law James you will KNOW that you are talking from a crater on the dark side of the moon.

      "'QED, THE END.' lol Perfect statement desparation of showing you know you are wrong!"

      No, just a simple statement of fact.

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    • Comment number 21. Posted by JamesStGeorge

      on 3 Oct 2009 15:30

      16. At 11:12am on 30 Sep 2009, Boilerplated

      Sorry you are in fantasy land. You use the word 'take', yet nothing is removed from anyone. Copying is specifically not theft. Hence the nonsense need to abuse the copyright line to bleat about nothing. If people copy for nothing there is No evidence at all they 'would have' paid for it. Not that even that is at all relevant.

      [quote]"Intellectual property [rights] is..."
      ....something you singly fail to understand. :-([/quote]
      I understand all to well. That is how I know it is over exploited and wrong. Largely a dying old world way to keep living off the past.

      Your paint example is classically absolutely wrong! Nothing real, physical, is removed from anyone by copying.

      'QED, THE END.' lol Perfect statement desparation of showing you know you are wrong!

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    • Comment number 20. Posted by lordBeddGelert

      on 2 Oct 2009 16:10

      Boilerplated - I hate to terrify you, but these days I'm quite able to be completely barking without the aid of any, ahem, liquid refreshment...

      On a related note - does anyone else think it is a waste of the licence fee to restrict Desert Island Discs and Strictly Come Dancing to those in the 'celeb' fraternity ?

      Given that many 'celebs' these days are known only to a few thousand viewers / listeners to niche satellite channels or digital radio stations, why not go the whole hog and open up these programmes to people who aren't famous at all, but may have interesting lives nonetheless ??

      Indeed, if the idea took off then 'Down Your Way' could be resurrected by having Nicholas Parsons turning up unannounced at someone's dinner party and getting some slightly tipsy members of the chattering classes [whatever they are] to play 'Just A Minute..!' for the delectation of the listening masses. You never know, it might work.. and it would be no more ridiculous than some of the other 'crowdsourcing' suggestions we have seen on this blog recently..

      Bedd 'Out of his box' Gelert..

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    • Comment number 19. Posted by TV Licence fee payer against BBC censorship

      on 1 Oct 2009 11:44

      Re comment #18:

      LBG, I don't know what your tipple is but I think you should inform Kirsty Young and the DID production crew, I'm sure that many a cast-away would be more than happy to find a create or two on their desert Island! :-o

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    • Comment number 18. Posted by lordBeddGelert

      on 1 Oct 2009 09:52

      Hail Bowbrick !!!

      It is good to see that whilst elsewhere the idea of being like an old fashioned teacher with discipline is castigated as being 'so old school' or 'judgemental' or 'moralising' or 'get with the child-centred learning programme' etc. that Mr Steve is still allowed to keep us misbehaving miscreants into line.

      I think it is time Mr Steve 'Chips' Bowbrick was given a more senior role in the BBC's 'social networking' projects to help enforce civility and good behaviour in what used to be called 'cyberspace'. There may be a 'flight to quality' from the mean streets of PoliticalBetting to the slightly more genteel civility of those clubs the 'PM Blog' and the 'Radio 4 Blog' via the pubs of Iain Dale et al.

      But Mr Bowbrick beware - we will still be throwing the occasional paper plane behind your back and lobbing a badly aimed water bomb in your vicinity in the playground. Whilst you chuckle to yourself knowing that we have been kept on the straight and narrow to read 'Lords of the Blog' during breaktime instead of being lured down the path of least resistance to Theo Spark OR WORSE !!

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