Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs has completely lost the plot

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Desert Island Discs has lost the plot

There’s no programme in the world like Desert Island Discs

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At the end of January, I had the honour and pleasure of being on Desert Island Discs. I liked Lauren…

Letters: The Irish problem (again), Desert Island narcissists, and the smoking French

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Irish problem Sir: What James Forsyth calls ‘the EU plan’ to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union after Brexit…

Why women are still fuming over my Desert Island slips

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It never occurred to me, when I was interviewed for Desert Island Discs back in November, that I’d actually be…

‘Allegro Moderato Fireman’s Parade’ (from the Calcium of Light portfolio), 1974–76, by Eduardo Paolozzi

Paolozzi was not a slim man but you have to run to keep up with him

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Rudolfo Paolozzi was a great maker. In the summer, he worked almost without stopping in the family’s ice-cream shop, making…

‘Funny is now dangerous’: Michael Heath’s Desert Island Discs reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m off now,’ says Michael Heath, signing off from his selection of Desert Island Discs on Radio 4, ‘to go…

Corbyn’s turn on Today was as graceful and twinkle-toed as Bowie himself

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Some might say that Jeremy Corbyn is cloth-eared, tone-deaf, socially inept but on Monday morning, as the death of the…

Could a change of body language make a difference to American policing?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

One of the most shocking items of recent news has been the bald statistic that the number of people shot…

Radio is the best way to mug up on the classics

21 March 2015 9:00 am

If ever I found myself at a pretentious literary party obliged to play David Lodge’s ‘Humiliation’ game and to confess…

The man who discovered Ebola

31 January 2015 9:00 am

By some quirk of fate, just as news reached the papers that the Scottish nurse who had contracted Ebola while…

A compendium to match Radio 4: boring, but somehow gripping

11 October 2014 9:00 am

When you think about it, Radio 4 is mostly a pile of old toss. Money Box qualifies as an anaesthetic,…


29 March 2014 9:00 am

I had a slight shock last week, while listening to Desert Island Discs. The admirable nurse Dame Claire Bertschinger had…

Two women, ages 94 and 83, completely own The Archers

25 January 2014 9:00 am

You might think the main storyline in The Archers is all about Helen’s affair with dastardly Rob. (What does she…

The BBC bows to celebrity

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The licence fee is both a blessing and a curse for the BBC. The clue is in that nickname —…

Desert Island Discs: is there nothing behind Damien Hirst’s dead cows, sharks and dots? Jan Morris: Travels Round My House — the scoop to outscoop all others

18 May 2013 9:00 am

What was shocking about Damien Hirst’s appearance on Desert Island Discs on Sunday was not his admission on air that…