• Professor Peter Hennessy is one of the UK’s leading contemporary historians. He has written acclaimed and important books about politics, the civil service, the intelligence agencies and the British constitution on which he is an expert.

    Peter was born in London in 1947 and read history at St John’s College, Cambridge. He started writing for the Times in the mid-1970s, covering the inner workings of Whitehall whose activities at that time were shrouded in secrecy. Peter says he approached his journalism like an amateur anthropologist trying to discover more about an unknown culture. His reports were viewed with suspicion by some members of the civil service and Harold Wilson, the then prime minister, issued an edit banning them from talking to him.

    In 1986 Peter co-founded the Institute of Contemporary British History, and in 1992 he moved from journalism to academia at Queen Mary, University of London where he is Attlee professor of contemporary British history. He is a fellow of the British Academy and was made a crossbench life peer in 2010. During the COVID-19 pandemic he started keeping a diary which he describes as an “aid to humility” with the aim of assessing post-world war history as BC (Before Covid) or AC (After Covid).

    Peter lives in London with his wife Enid.

    DISC ONE: Slow Train - Flanders & Swann
    DISC TWO: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and performed by George Malcolm
    DISC THREE: Why Don’t Women Like Me? - George Formby
    DISC FOUR: Schubert String Quintet In C Major,D. 956 - 2. Adagio, composed by Franz Schubert, performed by Robert Cohen (cello) and Amadeus Quartet
    DISC FIVE: The Elements - Tom Lehrer
    DISC SIX: London Girls - Chas & Dave
    DISC SEVEN: Skye Boat Song - The Pipes and Drums Of Leanisch
    DISC EIGHT: How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, composed by Johannes Brahms, performed by Festival Choir And Orchestra, conducted by Thomas D. Rossin

    BOOK CHOICE: Poetry in the Making by Ted Hughes
    LUXURY ITEM: A fountain pen, ink and paper
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: London Girls - Chas & Dave

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

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  • Sue Lawley talks to Betty Boothroyd, the first female speaker of the House of Commons, in a programme broadcast in 1994. Betty Boothroyd died in February 2023, at the age of 93.

  • Dara Ó Briain has toured the world as a stand-up comedian, and hosted the BBC’s satirical series Mock the Week for 17 years. A science graduate with a love of astronomy, he co-presented the BBC series Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox, and is a regular guest on television quizzes and panel shows.

    Dara grew up in Bray, County Wicklow and attended Irish language schools, playing for the Gaelic football and hurling teams. He studied mathematical physics at University College Dublin where he took part in debating competitions and discovered a flair for getting laughs from an audience.

    In 2001 he moved to the UK and, alongside performing at comedy gigs, he started appearing on television shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You. His love of mathematics came to the fore when he presented the game show School of Hard Sums and he has gone on to write popular science books for children.

    Dara continues to perform stand-up and, when he’s not touring what he calls his conversational and whimsical style of comedy, he lives in London with his wife and three children.

    DISC ONE: Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
    DISC TWO: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626: No 1, Introitus and Kyrie - Requiem and Kyrie. Composed by Mozart and performed by London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony chorus, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
    DISC THREE: Glanfaidh Mé - Kíla
    DISC FOUR: Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite
    DISC FIVE: Cuba Libre - Gloria Estefan
    DISC SIX: All About My Girl - Jimmy McGriff
    DISC SEVEN: Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle and Sebastian
    DISC EIGHT: Adagio for Strings. Composed by Samuel Barber and performed by Berliner Symphoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle

    BOOK CHOICE: The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman
    LUXURY ITEM: Astrophotography equipment
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Liz Carr is most widely known for her role as the forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in the long-running BBC TV drama Silent Witness. She appeared in more than 70 episodes, from 2013 until 2020. Last year she won the Olivier award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the National Theatre production of The Normal Heart. Her role was inspired by Dr Linda Laubenstein, a pioneer in the treatment of AIDS and a wheelchair user: Liz was the first wheelchair user to play the part, almost four decades after the premiere.

    Liz was brought up in Bebington, Merseyside. One of her early stage roles was as the Cowardly Lion in a primary school production of The Wizard of Oz. She became a wheelchair user at the age of 11, after a protracted illness.

    She studied Law at Nottingham University and after graduation worked as a disability rights adviser. She also became a disability rights activist, and more recently has been a campaigner against the legalisation of assisted dying.

    When she was 30, Liz decided on a career change after taking part in a drama course with the Graeae Theatre Company. She became a stand-up comedian and a member of various comedy groups, and moved on to theatre and television work, including recent roles in the TV dramas The Witcher and Good Omens.

    Liz lives in London with her wife.

    DISC ONE: Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
    DISC TWO: Beautiful Dreamer - Sheryl Crow
    DISC THREE: Sit Down - James
    DISC FOUR: Rollin’ Thunder - Ian Stanton
    DISC FIVE: 9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
    DISC SIX: Something Good - Julie Andrews
    DISC SEVEN: Palliative Clare (from Assisted Suicide The Musical) - Claire Willoughby
    DISC EIGHT: I Feel Love - Donna Summer

    BOOK CHOICE: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
    LUXURY ITEM: A pair of ruby slippers
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Sit Down – James

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Sarah Taylor

  • Amanda Blanc is the group CEO of the insurance company Aviva. She is one of a handful of women at the top of FTSE 100 companies and has spoken out against the sexism and misogyny many – including herself - have encountered during their careers. In 2022 she called out disparaging comments made to her by some of the male shareholders at her company’s own AGM. Her published riposte received some 1.6m views in the space of a few days.

    Amanda was born in Treherbert, a former mining village in the Rhondda Valley. Both her grandfathers worked down the mines and she says the miners’ strike of 1984 left a lasting impression on her and taught her the value of community. After studying modern history at Liverpool University, Amanda joined a graduate training scheme at Commercial Union. By the age of 29 she was the company’s youngest and first female branch manager when she took up the post in Leicester.

    She joined Aviva in 2020 and the following year she was appointed Women in Finance Charter Champion by HM Treasury. She was named the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year for 2022.

    Amanda is married to Ken Blanc, who also worked in insurance but gave up his job to support her career. They have two daughters and live in Hampshire.

    DISC ONE: Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) - Kate Bush
    DISC TWO: Town Called Malice - The Jam
    DISC THREE: Thank You for the Music - Abba
    DISC FOUR: Tainted Love - Soft Cell
    DISC FIVE: This is Me - Keala Settle
    DISC SIX: Dignity - Deacon Blue
    DISC SEVEN: The Man – Taylor Swift
    DISC EIGHT: Land of My Fathers - Welsh rugby fans at Six Nations Championship, 2013

    BOOK CHOICE: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    LUXURY ITEM: A photo album
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Tainted Love - Soft Cell

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Robert Webb first reached a wide audience as the co-star of Channel 4’s longest running sitcom, the BAFTA-award winning Peep Show. With his long-standing comedy partner David Mitchell, he also created That Mitchell and Webb Sound for BBC Radio 4, which transferred to TV as That Mitchell and Webb Look, which also won a BAFTA.

    Robert was born in Lincolnshire and first became hooked on comedy when his impressions of teachers made his school friends laugh. After realising that many of his comedy heroes had studied at Cambridge University, and were members of the Cambridge Footlights, he decided to follow in their footsteps. He took his A levels twice in order to win a place to study English there, and went on to become vice-president of the Footlights - where he met David Mitchell. Their comedy partnership has lasted for 30 years, starting out with shows for the Edinburgh fringe and writing for other performers, before enjoying TV success as a double act.

    Robert has also written a best-selling memoir, How Not to be a Boy, in which he reflects on masculinity, and a novel. In 2019, a routine medical examination revealed that he had a congenital heart defect. He underwent heart surgery and is now fully recovered.

    Robert lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

    DISC ONE: Do I Move You? - Nina Simone
    DISC TWO: The Old Fashioned Way - Charles Aznavour
    DISC THREE: Fool if you Think It’s Over - Elkie Brooks
    DISC FOUR: Get A Life - Soul II Soul
    DISC FIVE: Metal Mickey - Suede
    DISC SIX: Being Alive, composed by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Adrian Lester and cast of Company and recorded in 1996 at Donmar Warehouse, London
    DISC SEVEN: How to Disappear Completely - Radiohead
    DISC EIGHT: It’s Corn - Tariq, The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy

    BOOK CHOICE: Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
    LUXURY ITEM: A top hat and tails
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: The Old Fashioned Way - Charles Aznavour

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

  • In 2022 Sonia Boyce became the first Black British woman to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale exhibition. She also took home the coveted Golden Lion Award for her installation Feeling Her Way, which combined video and collage with improvised performances by five female musicians.

    Sonia was born in London and grew up near the renowned Whitechapel Art Gallery. As a very young child she would visit the gallery, often alone, relishing the light and space inside the building. In 1985, two years after graduating from Stourbridge College of Art, she completed her drawing Missionary Position II, which was acquired by the Tate two years later. She was just 25 and was one of the youngest artists and the first Black woman to enter its permanent collection.

    In 1999 Sonia started work on the Devotional Collection, an archive of sound, ephemera and wallpaper relating to black British women in music, ranging from Shirley Bassey to Neneh Cherry, and celebrating their contribution to international culture.

    Sonia lives in London with her partner, the curator David A. Bailey. She has taught Fine Art studio practice for more than 30 years in several art colleges across the UK. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to art.

    DISC ONE: Meet Me On The Corner - Lindisfarne
    DISC TWO: Help Me Make It Through the Night - John Holt
    DISC THREE: Caught You In A Lie - Louisa Mark
    DISC FOUR: Psycho Killer -Talking Heads
    DISC FIVE: Wolf & Leopards - Dennis Brown
    DISC SIX: Is That Jazz - Gil Scott Heron
    DISC SEVEN: Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
    DISC EIGHT: Love and Affection - Joan Armatrading

    BOOK CHOICE: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    LUXURY ITEM: Champagne
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Is That Jazz by Gil Scott Heron

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Jenny Beavan has won three Oscars for her costumes for the films Room with a View, Mad Max: Fury Road and Cruella, and has received nine further Academy Award nominations.

    She was born in London, and her parents were both professional musicians who encouraged her to paint, draw and learn a musical instrument. After studying theatre design, she was invited at the age of just 21 to create the sets for a production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. She also worked on the costumes, which eventually led to her current career.

    Her credits now include more than 60 films and television series, including a long collaboration with the Merchant Ivory team, on titles such as Howards End and Remains of the Day, as well as Room with a View. Her costumes range from precise period recreations, in films such as The King’s Speech, to the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max and the extravagant 1970s-inspired gowns for Emma Stone and Emma Thompson in Cruella. Along with her Oscars, Jenny has also won four Baftas and two Primetime Emmy awards.

    She was appointed a OBE in 2017.

    DISC ONE: Endure from Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Performed by Hans Peter Blochwitz and the Chapelle Royale Orchestra, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
    DISC TWO: The Stately Homes of England - Noël Coward
    DISC THREE: Bizet: Carmen / Act 2 - "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" (The flower you threw at me) Performed by Plácido Domingo and London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti
    DISC FOUR: O Mio Babbino Caro. Composed by Giacomo Puccini and performed by Kiri Te Kanawa and The London Philharmonic Orchestra
    DISC FIVE: Scream - Caitlin Albery Beavan and Jim Bell
    DISC SIX: Parking Fines - Joe Lycett from his That’s the Way, A-Ha, A-Ha tour
    DISC SEVEN: I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
    DISC EIGHT: Radamisto, HWV 12, Act 2: "Ombra cara di mia sposa" (Radamisto) (Beloved shadow of my bride) Composed by George Frideric Handel, performed by Emöke Baráth and Ensemble Artaserse, conducted by Philippe Jaroussky

    BOOK CHOICE: The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
    LUXURY ITEM: A cello
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Endure from Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Performed by Hans Peter Blochwitz and the Chapelle Royale Orchestra, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

  • David Sedaris is a writer whose humorous stories and wry takes on everyday encounters have led to 13 bestselling books and many radio programmes including Meet David Sedaris on BBC Radio 4. His work is based on his own life and, although very funny, does not shy away from the bleaker aspects of his experiences.

    David was born in New York State and grew up in Raleigh in North Carolina. He dropped out of university and became a performance artist for a while, but says he lacked artistic talent and chose not to pursue art as a career. In 1990 he moved to New York City where he supported himself by working as a Christmas elf called Crumpet at Macy’s department store. He wrote an essay about this experience called Santaland Diaries which he read on National Public Radio. His performance attracted an enthusiastic response from listeners and led to his first major break as a writer and broadcaster.

    David’s later collections of stories and essays have won non-fiction awards and in 2002 he gave a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. The recording of this event was later nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. David’s most recent collection of essays addresses a range of subjects including the end of Donald Trump’s administration, the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of his father.

    David lives with his boyfriend Hugh and they divide their time between New York and West Sussex. David is a committed litter-picker which prompted his local Sussex council to name a refuse vehicle after him - Pig Pen Sedaris.

    DISC ONE: I Don’t Wanna Play House by Tammy Wynette
    DISC TWO: Where is Love, composed by Lionel Bart and performed by Keith Hamshere and Original London Cast of Oliver!
    DISC THREE: Dindi by Maria Bethânia
    DISC FOUR: Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) by Aretha Franklin
    DISC FIVE: I Got A Right to Praise The Lord by The Georgia Mass Choir
    DISC SIX: Manhattan by Blossom Dearie
    DISC SEVEN: You and I by Abbey Lincoln
    DISC EIGHT: They Say It’s Wonderful by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

    BOOK CHOICE: A German dictionary
    LUXURY ITEM: Pencils and paper
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: You and I by Abbey Lincoln

    Presenter: Lauren Laverne
    Producer: Paula McGinley

  • Lesley Manville made her debut on the West End stage as a teenager in 1972, and since then has taken on a wide range of roles on stage and screen, including an Oscar-nominated performance in the film Phantom Thread.

    She was born in Brighton and first enjoyed performing as a singer, winning competitions with her sister. When she was 15, she commuted daily to the Italia Conti stage school in London. Her first professional role was in a West End musical, and in 1974 she joined the cast of the ITV soap opera Emmerdale Farm. After two years she decided to leave, even though the work was well paid, and return to the stage.

    At the Royal Court in London she appeared in some of the most critically acclaimed new plays of the 1980s including Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, and Andrea Dunbar’s Rita, Sue and Bob Too. She has also enjoyed a long collaboration with the film director Mike Leigh, memorably playing the alcoholic Mary in Another Year.

    Her recent TV roles include starring as Cathy in the popular BBC Two sitcom Mum, for which she won a Royal Television Society Award in 2019. She has also played Princess Margaret in The Crown, including a scene in which Margaret shares her favourite records on a BBC radio progamme.

    She was appointed a CBE in 2021.

    DISC ONE: Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
    DISC TWO: My Brother Jake - Free
    DISC THREE: O Soave Fanciulla, composed by Giacomo Puccini, performed by
    Jose Carreras, Richard Stilwell and Teresa Stratas and Metropolitan Opera Chorus, conducted by James Levine
    DISC FOUR: Sugar on the Floor - Etta James
    DISC FIVE: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
    DISC SIX: Not While I’m Around - Barbra Streisand
    DISC SEVEN: Make You Feel My Love - Adele
    DISC EIGHT: Phantom Thread III - Jonny Greenwood

    BOOK CHOICE: A Botanical Encyclopedia
    LUXURY ITEM: A bed with linen, duvet and pillows
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

  • Corinne Le Quéré is the Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia where she studies the way marine ecosystems respond to climate change. She uses computer simulators of the ocean to assess how the carbon cycle functions and her climate models have resulted in significant findings about how warmer temperatures have affected the ocean’s ability to absorb carbon.

    Corinne was born in Quebec and as a child spent camping holidays in the national parks of Eastern Canada which fostered her interest in the natural world. She studied physics at the University of Montréal and then took a Masters in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Her love of oceanography began with a desire to uncover the mysteries that lie beneath the waves.

    In 2007, while she was working with UEA and the British Antarctic Survey, she published her landmark paper which demonstrated that human activity reduced the Southern Ocean’s capacity to absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    Corinne advises the UK Committee on Climate Change and served on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) when it won the Nobel Prize in 2007. She was appointed a CBE in 2019.

    Corinne lives with her husband in Norfolk where she hopes one day to buy a piece of land and plant a forest which will play a central part in her personal plan to achieve carbon neutrality.

    DISC ONE: La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz
    DISC TWO: Les copains d’abord by Georges Brassens
    DISC THREE: We are the Champions by Queen
    DISC FOUR: Harmonie du soir à Chateauguay by Beau Dommage
    DISC FIVE: Proud Mary (Live) by Tina Turner
    DISC SIX: Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act 2: "Der Hölle Rache (Konigin der Nacht)" (Queen of Night) composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed by Bernard Haitink, Edita Gruberová, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    DISC SEVEN: LDN by Lily Allen
    DISC EIGHT: Three-Part Inventions: Sinfonia 15 BWV 801, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Martin Stadtfeld

    BOOK CHOICE: World Atlas of the Oceans by Dave Monahan
    LUXURY ITEM: A mask and snorkel
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: La Vida Es Un Carnaval by Celia Cruz

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Michael Pollan’s award-winning writing about plants, nature and food combines anthropology and philosophy with culture, health and natural history. Time Magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world and his maxim to ‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.’ is a central tenet of the sustainable food movement.

    Michael grew up in suburban Long Island, USA, and planted his first garden when he was eight-years-old. He was an intern at the Village Voice newspaper in New York while he was a student and after he graduated he joined Harper’s Magazine as an editor where he worked with the writer Tom Wolfe among others.

    Michael’s first book Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education is a collection of essays about gardening and his later titles, including the Botany of Desire and the Omnivore’s Dilemma, addressed modern methods of food production and argued that in an era of fast and processed food, basic cooking skills were being lost. Recently, Michael has written about the use of psychedelic drugs as a potential treatment for some mental health conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Michael is professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2020 he co-founded the UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics. Michael is married to the artist Judith Belzer and they live in California.

    DISC ONE: Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Harry Belafonte
    DISC TWO: The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
    DISC THREE: Going Up the Country by Canned Heat
    DISC FOUR: Cheek to Cheek by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
    DISC FIVE: Shady Grove by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
    DISC SIX: California by Joni Mitchell
    DISC SEVEN: Tomorrow Never Knows by The Beatles
    DISC EIGHT: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prélude, composed by J.S Bach and performed by Yo-Yo Ma

    BOOK CHOICE: Ulysses by James Joyce
    LUXURY ITEM: Dark chocolate
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008: I. Prélude, composed by J.S Bach and performed by Yo-Yo Ma

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Gabby Logan presents a range of popular BBC sports programmes and hosts high-profile sporting events including the Olympics, Premiership football and the World Cup.

    Gabby was born in Leeds and her father Terry Yorath is a former footballer and manager who played for Leeds United and for the Welsh national team. As a young girl she was a rhythmic gymnast and represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games in 1990. She retired from the sport the following year after struggling with severe back pain.

    In 1996 she joined Sky Sports as a presenter, moving to ITV two years later where she became one of the first female sports anchors to break into terrestrial television and the first woman to host the channel’s football coverage.

    Gabby joined the BBC in 2007 where she has presented Final Score, Inside Sport and Match of the Day. She also co-presents the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards show. In 2021 Gabby was awarded an MBE for services to sports broadcasting and the promotion of women in sport.

    Gabby is married to the former rugby union player Kenny Logan and they have two children.

    DISC ONE: Abide With Me by Emeli Sandé
    DISC TWO: Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    DISC THREE: Summertime by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
    DISC FOUR: Going Home: Theme Of The Local Hero (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1983) by Dire Straits
    DISC FIVE: Daniel by Elton John
    DISC SIX: Belter by Gerry Cinnamon
    DISC SEVEN: As by George Michael & Mary J. Blige
    DISC EIGHT: You Got the Love by The Source, featuring Candi Staton

    BOOK CHOICE: Every Ruddy Word by Alan Partridge
    LUXURY ITEM: A piano
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: You Got the Love by The Source, featuring Candi Staton

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley

  • Sir Malcolm Walker is the chairman and co-founder of the frozen food supermarket chain Iceland.

    He was brought up in Grange Moor, West Yorkshire. He was just 14 when his father died, and he helped his mother run a smallholding, driving a tractor and ploughing fields. His business instinct kicked in during his teenage years, when he promoted Saturday night dances by booking bands into local church halls.

    After receiving rejections from Marks & Spencer and Littlewoods, he became a trainee manager at Woolworths, and recalls that he started at the very bottom, sweeping the floors for many months before gradually winning promotions and moving round the country.

    In 1970, he and Peter Hinchcliffe, a colleague from Woolworths, opened a shop in Oswestry, selling loose frozen food from chest freezers. The business soon began to take off, Malcolm and Peter were both fired by Woolworths, and Malcolm went on to build a company which now has more than 1000 stores in the UK and Ireland. Along the way, boardroom battles led to his departure in the early 2000s, but he later returned and Iceland is now back in family ownership.

    Alongside his business pursuits, Malcolm has been a fundraiser for dementia charities, after his wife was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. She died in 2021 after more than 50 years of marriage.

    He was knighted in 2017, has three children, one of whom also works in the family business, and he married for the second time in August last year.

    DISC ONE: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio, composed by Max Bruch, performed by Itzhak Perlman (violin) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink
    DISC TWO: Goodbye by Josef Locke
    DISC THREE: Only You by The Platters
    DISC FOUR: Silence is Golden by The Tremeloes
    DISC FIVE: Memory composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and performed by Elaine Paige
    DISC SIX: All I Ask of You composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and performed by Steve Barton and Sarah Brightman
    DISC SEVEN: La bohème, SC 67 / Act I composed by Giacomo Puccini and performed by Luciano Pavarotti (tenor) and Mirella Freni (soprano) with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Herbert von Karajan
    DISC EIGHT: Quando me’n vo (“Musetta’s Waltz”) from La Bohème composed by Giacomo Puccini and performed by Natalie Walker

    BOOK CHOICE: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    LUXURY ITEM: A cast iron cooking pot
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Quando me’n vo (“Musetta’s Waltz”) from La Bohème composed by Giacomo Puccini and performed by Natalie Walker

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

  • Kirsty Young was the award-winning presenter of Desert Island Discs between 2006 and 2018, interviewing 496 castaways. Her TV work includes BAFTA-winning coverage of events marking the centenary of World War One, and memorable live presentation from Windsor of the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this year.

    Kirsty was born in East Kilbride in Scotland. After a chance meeting with a freelance TV cameraman, she became interested in a media career, and worked as a runner and then a researcher for an independent production company, before joining BBC Radio Scotland as a trainee news and continuity announcer, beating 700 other applicants.

    She moved to Scottish Television in 1992, and five years later she was part of the launch of Channel 5, presenting its main news programme while famously perching on the studio desk rather than sitting behind it. She also presented the BBC’s Crimewatch for many years.

    In 2018, Kirsty had to step back from broadcasting, to undergo treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. After four years away from the microphone, she returned to present coverage of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June this year.

    She is married to Nick Jones, CEO of Soho House and they have four children.

    DISC ONE: Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007: I. Prelude [J.S.Bach] performed by Steven Isserlis
    DISC TWO: My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone
    DISC THREE: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
    DISC FOUR: Caledonia by Dougie MacLean
    DISC FIVE: I Happen to Like New York Bobby Short, performer. [Cole Porter, composer]
    DISC SIX: Songbird by Fleetwood Mac
    DISC SEVEN: O Magnum Mysterium by [Tomás Luis de Victoria] sung by The Voices of Ascension choir, directed by Dennis Keene
    DISC EIGHT: Count Me Out by Kendrick Lamar

    BOOK CHOICE: The Most of Nora Ephron by Nora Ephron
    LUXURY ITEM: A cinema and film archive
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, BWV1007: I. Prelude [J.S.BACH] performed by Steven Isserlis

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Sarah Taylor

  • Steven Spielberg is the most successful director of his generation and the highest-grossing director of all time: his films have taken more than $10 billion worldwide. From Jaws to E.T. and Jurassic Park to Schindler’s List, his storytelling has captivated audiences around the world.

    Steven grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he started making films as a young boy. In 1958 he made a short Western which won him a Boy Scout merit badge. He screened it to his entire Scout troop and their laughter and applause got him hooked on film making.

    In 1971 he directed a television movie called Duel about a motorist who is pursued by a murderous truck driver. The film attracted good reviews from critics, and before the age of 30, Steven had directed his first global hit: Jaws grossed $471 million worldwide and is credited as heralding the arrival of the blockbuster era. He now says Jaws was ‘a free pass into my future.’

    He has won three Academy Awards, and has received eight nominations for best director. The Fabelmans, his most recent film, is a semi-fictionalised account of his own coming of age, drawing on his film-making experiences as a child.

    Steven is married to the actor Kate Capshaw, who starred in his film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and they have seven children.

    DISC ONE: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance by Gene Pitney
    DISC TWO: Fugue in G minor, BMW 578 – “The Little” arranged by Leopold Stokowski, composed by J.S Bach, performed by Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin
    DISC THREE: Michelle by The Beatles
    DISC FOUR: What the World Needs Now Is Love by Jackie DeShannon
    DISC FIVE: Come Fly with Me by Frank Sinatra
    DISC SIX: The Ghost of Tom Joad by Bruce Springsteen
    DISC SEVEN: Somewhere, composed by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, performed by Reri Grist
    DISC EIGHT: Coolhand by Buzzy Lee

    BOOK CHOICE: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    LUXURY ITEM: H-8 Bolex camera
    CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Coolhand by Buzzy Lee

    Presenter Lauren Laverne
    Producer Paula McGinley