|Kirsty Young - Current Presenter|
of Desert Island Discs
I always felt this show has been a long overlooked document of changing trends of popular public figures since the 1940s.
Roy Plomley began the show back in 1942 and I have memories of hearing him interviewing guests on Saturday evenings on Radio 4 back in the 1970s.
I did used to get a bit disappointed when the choices always leaned towards the classical but with hindsight, given the stature of the guests of that era I can see why. Dad's Army's Arnold Ridley told Roy Plomley in 1973 "The classics never die..." and he was right!
|Roy Plomley - Creator and |
Original Presenter of Desert Island Discs
Anyone who has any Desert Island Discs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s featuring Roy Plomley as the interviewer I'd love to hear from you! Hopefully I can feature articles on vintage editions of the show in future posts!
In the meantime, I can recommend two great books written by Roy Plomley:
Desert Island Discs (William Kimber, 1975) documents the early years of the show, its creation and some of the memorable guests who appeared (and didn't quite appear) on the desert island.
|Roy Plomley's Autograph in my signed edition of |
Plomley's Pick Of Desert Island Discs
I would imagine Roy Plomley could have written many books in this mould and I'm amazed he didn't do more. Hopefully the forthcoming repeats on Radio4 Extra will allow us to once again enjoy more of this great broadcasters work.