Editor's Viewpoint: Desert days gone
The programme began 69 years ago, and while the guests on Desert Island Discs remain fascinating, the concept becomes ever more unlikely.
In today's global village, the chances are that anyone stranded on a remote island would be located by satellite technology before they had time to listen to their eight records never mind read their book.
In any case the modern castaway would more than likely be carrying an iPod stuffed with thousands of tracks and an e-Book with a subscription to hundreds of titles. Somehow that takes all the romance out of the original idea.