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with Kirsty,’ ex­plains Miss ❍ Desert Is­land Discs ra­dio pro­gramme; there have been more than 3,000 cast­aways

is Bri­tain’s long­est-run­ning

❍ Pianos, gui­tars and binoc­u­lars are the most-re­quested lux­u­ries, al­though the writer Nor­man Mailer asked for ‘a stick of the finest mar­i­juana’ and the ac­tor Oliver Reed an in­flat­able rub­ber doll

❍ David Dim­bleby wanted to take Kirsty Young; she re­fused—the lux­ury must be inan­i­mate, al­though Princess Michael of Kent was granted her cat

❍ The most solip­sis­tic cast­aways have been pi­anist Moura Lym­pany, who chose eight of her own record­ings; so­prano Elis­a­beth Sch­warzkopf, who chose seven—she later claimed to have mis­un­der­stood the for­mat; and film di­rec­tor Otto Preminger, who chose discs from his own films and his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy as his book. On his sec­ond ap­pear­ance on the pro­gramme, in 2000, Nor­man Wis­dom se­lected five tracks on which he’d sung

❍ Princess Mar­garet, Deb­bie Harry and Ian Flem­ing are among the many cast­aways who’ve taken War and Peace as their book. Ge­orge Clooney re­quested it too, but only be­cause ‘You might need a lot of [lava­tory] pa­per’ on the is­land

❍ Eric Coates, com­poser of was a cast­away in 1951

By The Sleepy La­goon,

❍ Arthur Askey and Sir David At­ten­bor­ough have been cast away on four oc­ca­sions

❍ Desert Is­land Discs has been ref­er­enced nu­mer­ous times, in­clud­ing in Tom Stoppard’s play The Real Thing, episodes of Por­ridge and The Vicar of Di­b­ley and Howard Ja­cob­son’s Booker Prize win­ner The Fin­kler Ques­tion

❍ Asked if she’d be able to sur­vive on the is­land, Tal­lu­lah Bankhead drawled: ‘I can’t even put a key in a door, dar­ling’

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