Until a few years ago, I thought that Desert Island Discs was one of those peculiarly British things like kippers, S&M loving members of the House of Lords, infrequent bathing and Butlins. Inaccessible and/or uninteresting to those of us ensconced in the Antipodes, despite their allure.
But the digital age has made the entire archive of DID available to the world at large. So with the click of a mouse (or the twiddle of that red buttony thing and three or four depressions of the track pad if you are stuck with a Lenovo), the world is your mussel.
This link –> here is your passport to
smoking listening pleasure. The only disappointment is that “for rights reasons” you only get truncated versions of the eight musical pieces selected by the guests, many known to us down here, a great many with only appeal to a UK audience.
Nonetheless, with episodes going back to the 1940s, here’s a few names that I’ve found that might interest
you lot my fellow Almanackers:
Cleese, Palin, Jones, Idle, Gilliam (but not Chapman)
By now you should get the picture. So when rain stops play (again), have a wander over to this part of the online dial. Tell ’em Swish sent you.