Desert Island Discs

Duration: 48 minutes

First transmitted in 1982, Arena celebrates Roy Plomley's Desert Island Discs with the help of many celebrity castaways, including Paul McCartney, Frankie Howerd, Russell Harty, Trevor Brooking, the Lord Mayor of London, Professor J.K. Galbraith and Arthur Askey.

The special guest for the 40th anniversary programme was Paul McCartney who was also a fan of the show: "I love its homeliness. It conjures up the best in traditional British pleasure, like the great British breakfast. It's an honour to be asked."

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Roy Plomley
Alan Yentob
Anthony Wall
Interviewed Guest
Paul McCartney
Interviewed Guest
Frankie Howerd
Interviewed Guest
Russell Harty
Interviewed Guest
Trevor Brooking
Interviewed Guest
Sir Christopher Leaver
Interviewed Guest
Professor J.K. Galbraith
Interviewed Guest
Arthur Askey


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