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Desert Island Discs: The music and the memories on radio show’s 80th anniversary

As the iconic Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs celebrates yet another milestone, Maureen Coleman talks to some well-known NI ‘castaways’ who have proudly appeared on the programme

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Professor Phil Scraton PHD with his book Hillsborough

Professor Phil Scraton PHD with his book Hillsborough

Monica McWilliams (right) with host Lauren Laverne

Monica McWilliams (right) with host Lauren Laverne

Gloria Hunniford

Gloria Hunniford

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mo Mowlam

Mo Mowlam

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Professor Phil Scraton PHD with his book Hillsborough

When Professor Phil Scraton received a telephone call inviting him to appear as a guest of Kirsty Young’s on Desert Island Discs in 2017, he was convinced it was a prank.

The Liverpool-born criminologist, academic and author, who has been based in Belfast for 17 years, was so surprised that the iconic BBC Radio 4 show wanted him on, that he initially laughed, before asking the woman issuing the invitation to confirm her identity.


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