With over 3,000 guests having appeared on the show, and four different hosts, Desert Island Discs is now an institution – a character in Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing fretted about his upcoming appearance, while an episode of Absolutely Fabulous saw Edina Monsoon (played by Jennifer Saunders) choose eight discs, all by Lulu.
World leaders, film stars, pioneering scientists and captains of industry have all made their mark on the show since Royal Navy test pilot Eric Winkle Brown kicked things off - together with host Roy Plomley - on January 29, 1942.
Since then we've had wonderful musical choices, controversies (Oliver Reed shocking the gentlemanly Plomley with his request for a blow-up...
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