iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for The Desert Island Discs Story

Listen now 45 mins

Listen in pop-out player

The Desert Island Discs Story

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 January 1992

The story of Desert Island Discs begins in 1941 when radio presenter Roy Plomley pitched the original idea for an eight-part series to the BBC. In this archive programme, broadcast on Radio 4 in 1992 to coincide with the programme's 50th anniversary, James Naughtie, charts the evolution of the programme through interviews with its presenters and former castaways. Archive material includes extracts from the interviews with Margaret Thatcher, Norman Mailer, Jimmy Edwards, Otto Preminger, Vic Feather and Lord Weidenfeld.

Broadcasts

Featured in...

  • Radio at 90

    BBC Radio programmes on the 90th anniversary

Free downloads

  1. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1942-1959

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  2. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1960-1969

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  3. Image for Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Desert Island Disc Fragment Archive 1970-1986

    Some Desert Island Discs programmes only exist in their incomplete form. They may be missing…

  4. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1951-1955

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  5. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1956-1960

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  6. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1961-1965

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  7. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1966-1970

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  8. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1971-1975

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  9. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1976-1980

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  10. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1981-1985

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  11. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1986-1991

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  12. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1991-1996

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  13. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 1996-2000

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  14. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2000-2005

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  15. Image for Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Desert Island Discs Archive: 2005-2011

    Castaways choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the mythical desert island.…

  16. Image for Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young

    Kirsty Young asks castaways to choose eight records, a book and a luxury to take with them to the…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.