Desert Island Discs: ‘Stick to the rules’ Lauren Laverne warns as she replaces Kirsty 

Desert Island Discs, was hosted for the first time by Lauren Laverne, 40, and joining her on the episode was Tom Daley, 24. The Olympic diver was the first castaway on the new show, following original host Kirsty Young’s departure from the BBC Radio 4 show.  When asked what luxury item he wanted, which the programme’s venerable format allows […]

Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young opens up about recording ‘intense’ interviews

Kirsty spoke candidly about how difficult it can be conducting interviews that are often sensitive in nature and how she manages to wind down afterwards. The 49-year-old presenter admitted that broadcasting the long-running BBC radio 4 show can be “intense” at times. Speaking about how she deals with those types of discussions, she said: “I […]

Desert Island Discs celebrates 75 years of the show’s best guest revelations

Today’s 75th anniversary show with Kirsty Young looks at the best interviews from the BBC programme’s 3,068 guests. There have been four hosts, including creator Roy Plomley, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sue Lawley and Kirsty. The first interviews from the 1940s and early 1950s have unfortunately been lost but there were still many thousands to choose […]

Theme Park Bits: #HappyBirthdayMickey, Disney Ride Music Picture Discs, Three Kings Day Spreads to SeaWorld

In this edition of Theme Park Bits: Disney has launched a new line of collectible picture disc vinyl releases with ride music. Mickey Mouse is 88 years young, going on 89. Get details on his birthday celebration this year. See the full LA Comic-Con panel with the man behind all your favorite Disneyland ride vehicles. […]

Redbox deals with Sony and Lionsgate bring discs with no delay

This year Redbox is trying to make a resurgence, adding kiosks after a few years of shrinking availability. Of course, if it’s going to draw people in for disc rentals over streaming, it will need to provide the movies they’re looking for and renewed studio licensing deals will help make that happen. This week it […]

Rock star Rick Wakeman recalls memories of David Bowie on Desert Island Discs

He told BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that Bowie invited him to his mansion to hear his opinion of songs that would eventually feature on his Hunky Dory album. Wakeman, who was working as a session musician at the time, then wrote the song’s piano part that helped make the track one of the […]