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Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

Desert Island Discs BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 1.2K Ratings

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

    Dame Sarah Storey, athlete

    Dame Sarah Storey, athlete

    Dame Sarah Storey is Great Britain’s most successful Paralympian, winning 17 gold, eight silver and three bronze medals. She was just 14 when she took two weeks off school to compete as a swimmer in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, where she won her first two gold medals. Since then, she has competed in a further seven Paralympics, switching to cycling from 2005.
    A TV documentary inspired Sarah's childhood ambition to take part in the Paralympics, even though her swimming club coach told her that it was too late - at the age of 10 - to start training for an elite career.
    After competing in four Paralympics in the pool, she decided to try cycling after persistent ear infections and chronic fatigue. She was immediately successful and has continued to win medals at both the Paralympics and World Championships in numerous events, breaking many world records. She is supported on and off the track by her husband, Barney Storey, who is also a gold medal-winning cyclist. They have two children, who were born in 2013 and 2017.
    Sarah is the Active Travel Commissioner in her home city of Manchester, and is still training with the aim of competing in the 2024 Paralympics in Paris – which would be her ninth games, at the age of 46.
    DISC ONE: Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
    DISC TWO: Spinning Around – Kylie Minogue
    DISC THREE: It Only Takes a Minute - Take That
    DISC FOUR: A Different Beat - Boyzone
    DISC FIVE: This is the One - The Stone Roses
    DISC SIX: Heroes - David Bowie
    DISC SEVEN: Wannabe - Spice Girls
    DISC EIGHT: Step On – Happy Mondays
    BOOK CHOICE: The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters
    LUXURY ITEM: A snorkel and mask
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

    • 50 min
    Greg Davies, comedian

    Greg Davies, comedian

    Greg Davies is a familiar face on television as the host of Taskmaster, the BAFTA-winning game show, and he has achieved sell out national arena tours as a stand-up. His on-screen breakthrough came in 2008 when he played the head of the sixth form, Mr Gilbert, in the highly successful teenage comedy series the Inbetweeners. He wrote and starred in the black comedy the Cleaner and co-wrote the sitcom Man Down in which he played a man in the grip of a midlife crisis.
    Greg was born in St Asaph in north Wales and grew up in Shropshire. At school he gravitated towards what he calls the silly boys who created characters and devised comedy sketches in the playground. When he was 18 he discovered Eddie Murphy whose stand-up routines about his relatives spurred Greg to look to his own family as comedic source material.
    Greg spent 13 years as an English and Drama teacher – a time he looks back on with mixed emotions and which he has mined for his stage act. When he was 33 he left teaching and started performing stand-up gigs and performed his first solo stand-up show at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010.
    Greg lives in south London.
    DISC ONE: Baggy Trousers - Madness
    DISC TWO: Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
    DISC THREE: 100% Endurance - Yard Act
    DISC FOUR: Circlesquare - The Wonder Stuff
    DISC FIVE: Cemetry Gates - The Smiths
    DISC SIX: Consider Yourself - Jack Wild (The Artful Dodger) and The Orchestra, conducted by John Green. From Oliver! [An Original Soundtrack Recording]
    DISC SEVEN: She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
    DISC EIGHT: The Next Episode - Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg

    BOOK CHOICE: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    LUXURY ITEM: Sausages
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: 100% Endurance - Yard Act
    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

    • 49 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Yoko Ono

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Yoko Ono

    Kirsty Young talks to the artist Yoko Ono in a programme first broadcast in 2007.

    • 35 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Benjamin Zephaniah

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Benjamin Zephaniah

    Sue Lawley talks to the poet Benjamin Zephaniah in a programme first broadcast in 1997. Benjamin Zephaniah died in January 2024 at the age of 65.

    • 34 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Samantha Morton

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Samantha Morton

    Lauren Laverne talks to the actor and director Samantha Morton in a programme first broadcast in 2020.

    • 44 min
    Classic Desert Island Discs - Keith Richards

    Classic Desert Island Discs - Keith Richards

    Kirsty Young talks to the musician and Rolling Stones member Keith Richards in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

    • 34 min

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