Sunday, 29 January 2012

Dad's Army's Desert Island Discs

Arnold Ridley appeared on Desert Island Discs in 1973
BBC Radio's long running series Desert Island Discs celebrates it's 70th birthday today. The programme was first broadcast on the BBC Home Service on January 29,1942 in which creator Roy Plomley's guest was the comedian and actor Vic Oliver.

Desert Island Discs premise is that each guest chooses 8 records, a book, and a luxury item that they would take with them if they were stranded on a desert island.

Between 1970 and 1976, five of the seven Dad's Army regulars were cast away on the mythical desert island.  On each occasion they were interviewed by the show's creator Roy Plomley. Here are the stars complete with original broadcasting dates and links to the Desert Island Discs archives where you can find out a little more about their choices:
Further to this, Dad's Army producer David Croft was Sue Lawley's guest on Desert Island Discs in March 14, 1993, you can download a podcast of that programme from David Croft's Desert Island Discs page.

Desert Island Discs Guests Who Chose The Dad's Army Theme Song

David Croft Featured On Desert Island Discs in 1993
Interestingly several guests have chosen the Dad's Army theme Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr.Hitler? by Bud Flanagan as a recording they would take away on a desert island with them.
They include:
At the time of writing this article there are still a few notable Dad's Army connections that it would be interesting to see as castaways. Ian Lavender, Bill Pertwee and Jimmy Perry would all make interesting castaways - in the meantime, Happy Birthday Desert Island Discs!

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