Desert Island Discs

I heard about this brilliant Radio 4 programme late on in life…just 10 months ago. How did I miss it, given the fact that it’s been around since before I was born? Anyway, my sisters Anne and Eileen discovered the delights of the channel and told me to tune in…

I love it. If you’ve never listened, I will briefly explain.

Individuals  who have made a contribution to UK society, or who are famous, are chosen to be a guest on the programme, and they are asked to choose eight music tracks or ‘records’ (originally gramophone records) that they would like to take with them to a desert island. Each piece of music or song has to be relevant to a part of their life, so listeners get to know a little bit about the person. The presenters ask quite searching questions at times, and the ‘interviews’ are frequently revealing. Now I think choosing eight music tracks would be so hard. This year I was invited to be a guest on Radio Lancashire’s very own take of DID… Lunchtime Favourites and I had to choose 12 of my favourite songs. I found it extremely difficult to narrow it down to so few!


Here are the chosen ones:

 1 We are family: Sisters Sledge (I am youngest of five girls and this is ‘our’ tune!)
2 I’ll take you home again Kathleen: The Fureys
3 Long and winding road: Beatles
4 Sweet Baby James: James Taylor
5 It’s getting better: Mama Cass
6 If we try: Don McLean
7 As: Stevie Wonder
8 Rock with you Michael Jackson
9 The Moon and St Christopher: Mary Black
10 Italia: Chris Botti
 11 Why worry: Dire Straits
12 Back to black: Amy Whinehouse


So, I download the episodes of Desert Island Discs to my iPod, and at night I often plug in and enjoy the music and the stories of the lives of so many interesting individuals. Here are a few of my favourites:

Lord Victor Adebowale

Doreen Lawrence

Lord Victor Adebowale

Heather Rabbatts

Andrea Levy

Alfie Boe

Who are your favourites?

By sheenabyrom

6 comments on “Desert Island Discs

  1. I’m hooked too! Thanks for the heads up! Can’t believe it has existed this long!!! Few of my favorites are:

    Michael Cane

    Steve Coogan

    Eric Clapton

    Barry Manilow


    • Thanks for tips Jim! Hope you enjoy Christie…keep posting suggestions here and I’ll update the list on the blog to include yours too! X

  2. Have listened for years since late 70’s
    Don Williams My Best Friend wedding danc e
    Cat Stevens Morning has broken
    Dolly Parton 9 to 5
    Don’t Cry for me Argentina
    All I ask of you Phantom of the Opera
    I will always love you Whitney
    Gambler Kenny Rodgers
    Robbie Angel
    Heather Small Hero
    Proclaimers 500 miles

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