Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young reveals David Bowie was her dream castaway

The Radio 4 presenter says that if she could bring anyone back to life to appear on the show it would be the Ziggy Stardust singer

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Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young has revealed which star she would have loved to appear on the Radio 4 show: David Bowie.


When asked in the latest issue of Radio Times which famous face she’d like to bring back to life to chat and choose eight songs to play, Young opts for the Ziggy Stardust singer. “I did once meet David Bowie in New York but I would so dearly have loved to have cast him away too,” she says.

Although Bowie, who died from liver cancer in 2016, never appeared on the show, his music was a popular choice for other guests: at the time of his death, 38 celebrities – including Noel Gallagher, Damian Lewis and Ricky Gervais – chose a Bowie track.

In the Radio Times interview, Young also opens up about how she deals with the often emotional content of the interviews. “I always try to walk in the fresh air afterwards, even if it’s just for 20 minutes,” she says. “Seeing other people going about their business helps to put the whole thing in perspective as recordings can often be a little… shall we say …intense.”

You can read the full interview in the latest issue of Radio Times