Desert Island Discs named best radio show of all time, beating The Archers and Round the Horne

A brand new ballot has named Desert Island Discs the best radio programme of all time.  

Radio Occasions introduced collectively a panel of business consultants – together with presenter Cerys Matthews, the As we speak programme’s Justin Webb, BBC Radio 5 stay presenter Adrian Chiles, information presenter Caroline Wyatt and Radio 4’s Sue MacGregor – who listed the 30 finest radio reveals of all time. 

Desert Island Discs, the enduring Radio Four programme through which interviewees are requested to call eight data, a ebook and a luxurious merchandise that they’d take with them to a abandoned island, first aired in 1942. It’s at the moment introduced by Lauren Laverne. 


Cathy Drysdale, producer of the present, mentioned: “It’s definitely fantastic for the programme. It’s a fully genius format. The format makes positive that every programme will get to the center of individuals – what strikes them and motivates them, what evokes them and enthuses them, who and what they care about. These are all such extremely human issues which are relevant to completely all people listening.” 

Different extremely ranked programmes within the listing embody long-running drama The Archers, which got here in second place, and mid-60s comedy Around the Horne in third. Wake As much as Wogan, which landed in 12th place, was the one Radio 2 present to make the minimize. 

Desert Island Discs is a deserved winner,” mentioned Mark Firth, editor of the Radio Occasions, “with a again catalogue which displays our cultural historical past and nonetheless stays as related, entertaining and insightful because it ever was.”  

The total listing of programmes could be seen beneath.  

30. Personal Passions, Radio 3 – 1995 – current 

29. The World Tonight, Radio 4 – 1970 – current 

28. Ed Reardon’s Week, Radio 4 – 2005 – current 

27. The Reunion, Radio 4 – 2003 – current 

26. The Shuttleworths, Radio 4 – 1993 – 2010 

25. The Proms, Radio 3 – 1946 – current 

24. The Transport Forecast, Radio 4 – 1911 – current 

23. Take a look at Match Particular, Radio 4/5 stay sports activities additional – 1958 – current 

22. Soul Music, Radio 4 – 2000 – current 

21. The Goon Present, Dwelling service – 1951 – 1960 

20. Underneath Milk Wooden, Third programme – 1954 

19. Useless Ringers, Radio 4 – 2000 – current 

18. PM, Radio 4 – 1970 – current 

17. In Our Time, Radio 4 – 1998 – current 

16. Lady’s Hour, Radio 4 – 1946 – current 

15. Only a Minute, Radio 4 – 1967 – current 

14. On the Hour, Radio 4 – 1991 – 1992 

13. John Peel, Radio 1 – 1967 – 2004 

12. Wake As much as Wogan, Radio 2 – 1993 – 2009 

11. Letter from America, Radio 4 – 1946 – 2004 

10. As we speak, Radio 4 – 1957 – current 

9. I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Radio 4 – 1972 – current 

8. The Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy, Radio 4 – 1978 – 1980 

7. From Our Personal Correspondent, Radio 4 – 1955 – current 

6. The Information Quiz, Radio 4 – 1977 – current 

5. Within the Psychiatrist’s Chair, Radio 4 – 1982 – 2001 

4. Hancock’s Half-Hour, Gentle programme – 1954 – 1959  

3. Around the Horne, Gentle programme – 1965 – 1968 

2. The Archers, Radio 4 – 1951 – current  

1. Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 – 1942 – current 

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