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Desert Island Discs was created by Roy Plomley in 1942, and the format is simple: a guest is invited by Kirsty Young to choose the eight records they would take with them to a desert island
December 29th, 2013
Episode 389 of 586 episodes
Kirsty Young's castaways are the TV presenters Ant & Dec - Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. The kings of Saturday night prime time, their careers and firm friendship spans twenty-odd years beginning as child actors on Byker Grove and currently hosting Britain's Got Talent, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and their eponymously named Saturday Night Take Away. Their specialty is what are known in the business as "shiny floor shows" - programmes that involve big budgets, big audiences and, frequently, big egos. Yet their partnership exists well beyond the four walls of a TV studio. As 13 year olds they bonded over a mutual appreciation of Newcastle United FC and Wham: they pledged themselves to be best buddies forever and now live just a few doors down from each other. When Ant got married Dec was best man. They say, "without doubt, the best thing to come out of the last twenty years, the greatest thing we've ever achieved, our biggest success, has been our friendship. And nothing will ever change that." At the end of the programme, Ant and Dec each chose their favourite track to save from the waves: Ant's was Morecambe & Wise's "Bring Me Sunshine" while Dec chose "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.