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Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4

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

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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, M... more

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4.4 out of 5 stars from 19k ratings
  • Every show is a fantastic listen!

    I absolutely LOVE DID. I find it soothing to listen to & very interesting at the same time. Well done, you are great company for me. 🙌

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    Jude Guildford
    United Kingdom22 days ago
  • Has slipped in recent years

    The show is great. That is undeniable. However, the intelligence and wit of Kirsty Young is sorely missed. Lauren Laverne is painfully mediocre, which is not in keeping with the history of DID hosts.

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    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Quality of interviews not as good

    Desert Island Discs aren’t as good as they used to be. The interviews are boring. The guest is left to speak about long winded family descriptions- instead of their own intriguing life/career.

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    Mary from Kamo
    New Zealanda month ago
  • Better than ever!

    Dare I say it and I whole heartily believe this to be true as I’ve been listening to DID for decades. I think Lauren has surpassed Kirsty Young in being the interviewer. Lauren is more compassionate & gentle with her interview and I think engages with her interviewee better. Well done Lauren! I absolutely loved hearing Jenny Searley and Alice Roberts lately. Keep up the good work!

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    Free the mind
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • Great show but…

    …Lauren Laverne is only ok as an interviewer and more

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    Mr T in Rip-er-ly
    United Kingdom2 months ago

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