Desert Island Discs

Ed Sheeran To Become A Castaway Next Month For 'Desert Island Discs'

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Entertainment

Ed Sheeran will be following Bruce Springsteen, Kylie Minogue and other superstars into the castaway hot seat when he joins ‘Desert Island Discs’ ...

Why 'The Night Manager' Stole Best Drama From A Very Strong Field

Caroline Frost | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

When the Awards are handed out today in London, it is the stars and makers of 'The Night Manager' who will be stepping up on stage to take home their gong. Was it Tom Hiddleston's bottom what won it? Well, very possibly, but also the fact that its glamorous settings, charismatic villains and an enigmatic hero competed with anything the cinema has to offer...

Jimmy Carr Admits His Tax Avoidance Furore Could Have Ended Ended His Career

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Entertainment

Jimmy Carr has admitted that his tax avoidance scandal could have ended his career, during an interview on Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’. The...

EastEnders' June Brown Reveals WW2 Romance With A Spy On Desert Island Discs

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

‘EastEnders’ legend June Brown is the subject of Sunday’s (12 February) Desert Island Discs, and during her interview with Kirsty Young, the act...

The 8 Desert Island Discs David Beckham Chose And What They Meant...

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 29.01.2017 | UK Entertainment

David Beckham was today whisked away as a castaway on Radio 4, to help celebrate the 75th birthday of its flagship programme, ‘Desert Island Discs...

As Desert Island Discs Celebrates 75 Years, Here Are 9 Emotional Episodes To Listen To

The Huffington Post | Rachel McGrath | Posted 28.01.2017 | UK Entertainment

This weekend, Desert Island Discs is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, David Beckham will be taking a seat in Kirsty Young...

Kirsty Young Reveals Which 'Desert Island Discs' Guest She ‘Fell A Little Bit In Love With’

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Entertainment

After almost 75 years on the radio, ‘Desert Island Discs’ has had more than its fair share of incredible guests choosing the eight records they’...

David Beckham To Be Castaway For Desert Island Discs 75th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Entertainment

David Beckham will be the castaway on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, as the programme celebrates its 75th anniversary. The former footballer an...

Don't Give A Bible, BBC, There's A World Of Choice Out There!

Andrew Copson | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

For non-Christians - the majority of Brits - the Bible isn't uniquely moral, uniquely important, or uniquely beautiful. Christian hegemony is out of date. Cast away on a desert island, people should be offered the book of their choice and we now have a whole wide world of inspiration to choose from.

Having a Positive Attitude in Life and Love

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Kallenbach

There are some days when you listen to the outstanding Kirsty Young on the BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs that you wish the programme would go o...

What Causes Pre-Event Anxiety for Speakers? Judi Dench's Response to Fear

Michael J MacMahon | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Michael J MacMahon

I think of this adrenaline rush as my friend when I am speaking, because it provides me with the energy boost to give a performance. The way I see it, adrenaline enables my brain to be fractionally ahead of my mouth, so I'm preparing the next sentence before I get to it.

The Chain That's Throttling Bahrain

Neil Durkin | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Sport
Neil Durkin

As Bahrain's protests rumble on year after year, and as the authorities continue cracking down on street protests with mass tear-gassings and violent arrests, the F1 bubble-world seems never more vulnerable to bursting than when it's about to be staged in Manama.

The Difference Between a Service and a Product

Hugh Salmon | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

In my last post, I shared my experience of pouring hundreds of cans of beer down the drain in Vietnam due the high level of care Heineken take to ensure that every can of their lager meets their strict quality standards...

Ed's Desert Island Discs Picks: Family, Not Music, on Show

Professor John Gaffney | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Professor John Gaffney

Ed Miliband appeared on Desert Island Discs on Sunday 24 November, immediately after the omnibus edition of The Archers. The programme was repeated on Friday the 29th. No one really knows if these casual, more intimate media moments do politicians any good.

Are Ed and David Miliband Really 'Best Friends'?

Michael Kallenbach | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Kallenbach

The most interesting aspect for me in Ed Miliband's appearance last Sunday on Desert Island Discs was the clearly uncomfortable discussion between him and Kirsty Young, the very excellent presenter of the programme, about his relationship with his brother David...

The 8 Tracks Ed Miliband SHOULD Choose For 'Desert Island Discs'

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Comedy

So - The Artist Also Known As The Labour Leader is going to be on 'Desert Island Discs' this Sunday. Here are the eight tracks we think Ed Miliband sh...

'We Are Not His Kind Of People' - Johnny Marr Still Doesn't Want Cameron's Praise

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK

Johnny Marr does not seem to have forgiven David Cameron for his love of The Smiths. The guitarist said the Prime Minister's claims to like the ban...

The Green, Green Grass Of Home

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said she is still "fond" of the country's army despite it putting her under house arrest for 15 years. ...


Hugh Salmon | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hugh Salmon

In the face of the horror of Sandy Hook, perhaps now would be a good time to celebrate the kindness of the American people and hope that this basic human instinct will prevail.

Eric Pickles: 'The Only Way Is Essex'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK

Tory Minister and Yorkshireman Eric Pickles "admitted to treason" on air Sunday - revealing that, for him, the only way is Essex. Speaking to Kirst...

'I Had To Hold Myself From Screaming When I Heard Of Guilty Verdict'

PA | Posted 10.06.2012 | UK

Stephen Lawrence's mother Doreen said she had to "hold" herself from screaming when she heard the jury pronounce two men guilty of her son's murder. ...

Stephen Fry's Desert Island Discs (As Told To Comedy Writer Matt Owen)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.03.2012 | UK Comedy

(As told to Matt Owen) The beauty of these Littlewood-Knowles Easy-To-Use Blue Asbestos Strippettes is the fact that they’re... Oh dear, smack me...

The Art of Science

Alan Davey | Posted 20.03.2012 | Home
Alan Davey

Professor Brian Cox said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we ensure that Britain is the best place to do science?" It's a pertinent question, and one that mirrors the question I'm continually asking government ministers: "how can we ensure Britain is the best place to do the arts?"

Broadcaster Reveals Receiving Parcel Bomb

PA | Posted 02.03.2012 | UK Entertainment

Sir Terry Wogan has revealed how "difficult" he found it appearing on radio at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. The Limerick-born br...

I Hate Myself & I Want To Die: The Deadly Embrace of Rock Music & Suicide

Chris Price | Posted 20.11.2011 | UK
Chris Price

Untold column inches will rightly be expended this week marking the release twenty years ago of Nirvana's epoch-defining and cosmos-transforming album Nevermind. Rather more inches, I'm willing to bet, than were given over to World Suicide Prevention Day last week.