About Desert Island Discs
From the history of the programme to the story behind the archive. Find answers to your questions in the "About" section
From 1942 to the present day – Desert Island Discs is one of BBC Radio’s longest-running programmes.
Top track choices of our castaways over past seven decades.
Four people have presented Desert Island Discs since 1942 – Roy Plomley, Michael Parkinson, Sue Lawley and Kirsty Young.
The eight records that the audience would take to the island, as chosen in 2011.
The story behind this website, compiling 70 years of programmes.
Your questions about the website – what you can listen to, how to search and how to download.
Find castaways & choices
Search the whole archive by typing into the box below. To find out who has picked particular music, books or luxuries on the programme use the buttons to refine your search.
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