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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

History of the programme

From 1942 to the present day – Desert Island Discs is one of BBC Radio’s longest-running programmes.

Facts and figures

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.

Your Desert Island Discs Results

The eight records that the audience would take to the island, as chosen in 2011.

Making the archive

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.

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

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