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
May 17th, 2009
Episode 45 of 579 episodes
Kirsty Young invites actor Peter Sallis to choose eight records to take to Radio 4's mythical desert island. As the unassuming Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine and the equally mild-mannered Wallace in Wallace and Gromit, Sallis brings to life a sepia-tinted Britain that barely seems to exist any more. Now aged 88 and with failing eyesight, no-one, he says, is more surprised at his success than himself: "I've been lucky enough to keep going and I realise now, though it's taken me nearly 100 years, that my voice is distinctive. I'm very lucky indeed." [Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs] Favourite track: The finale of Symphony No.5 in E flat Major by Jean Sibelius Book: The collected works by P G Wodehouse Luxury: No.7 Meccano outfit.