‘Had its issues’ Michael Parkinson discusses his choice to leave the show Desert Island Discs.


‘Had its issues’ Michael Parkinson discusses his choice to leave the show Desert Island Discs.

When speaking about his decision to leave the legendary BBC Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs, MICHAEL PARKINSON confessed that the long-running show “had its challenges.”

Sir Michael Parkinson has been dubbed “British television’s finest talk-show host.” The 86-year-old has spoken with industry superstars such as Sir Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Madonna, and John Wayne, but he has now confessed that interviewing celebrities for Desert Island Discs was not without its challenges.

For three years in 1986, the broadcasting heavyweight hosted BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs series.

The show, which premiered on BBC Forces Programme in January 1942, has since aired almost 3,000 episodes.

Each week, a castaway is asked to choose eight of their favorite songs, as well as a book and a luxury item, that they would bring if trapped on a desert island.

Originally hosted by Roy Plomley, the popular show has been hosted by Lauren Laverne since 2018.

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Sir Michael addressed more about his decision to leave the renowned show in a recent interview.

“I always thought Desert Island Discs was a great idea, but it had its flaws,” he explained.

“The music was very distracting.”

Listeners can hear samples of the songs that the guests have chosen as part of their “soundtrack to their lives” throughout the show.

Sir Michael has previously criticized the show, stating that he couldn’t comprehend its “persistent popularity.”

“It has credibility and a peculiar reputation,” he previously told The Express. When you think about it, it’s just an interview that’s being broadcast.”

After the show was declared the best radio program of all time, his comments became public.

In a survey conducted by Radio Times in 2019, the award was given to Desert Island Discs.

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Sir Michael has experience on both sides of the program, having been a castaway in 1972.

“I was on it before I did the real show itself,” he revealed in a rediscovered interview with The Express. “Brinkwire Summary News.”


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