Desert Island Discs

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By Judith Harries

This year is the 75th anniversary of a very popular radio show that has been enjoyed on BBC Radio 4 since the 1942.

Desert island

Desert Island Discs is a one-to-one interview with a guest who has to imagine being stranded on a desert island and is asked to select their eight favourite ‘discs’ or pieces of music, one book and a luxury. There have been over 3,000 episodes recorded, including guests as diverse as Louis Armstrong (1968) and Theresa May (2014) to Sir David Attenborough (2012), who has appeared a record four times, and Nicola Adams (2016). Many of the episodes can now be listened to online.


Listening report

Make a list of past episodes that you think might appeal to your children. Play some excerpts to the class to illustrate how the programme works. Ask children to work in groups of four and let them choose one programme to listen to online and report back to the class using the Activity sheet, ‘Desert Island Discs listening report’.

Here are some programmes from 2016 to try:
Bill Gates, Warwick Davis, Tom Hanks, Levi Roots, Nicola Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Davina McCall.

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