Roy Plomley

1914 - 1985




After four years as a broadcaster on Radio Normandy, Plomley escaped to Britain in 1940 just as France fell.

Two years later he introduced a new BBC programme, Desert Island Discs. The initial run of eight shows was extended and he eventually presented 1,791 episodes over a period of 49 year.

Now an institution, Plomley's creation has become the longest running music radio show in the world.

As a radio chairman, Plomley also hosted shows such as Many A Slip, Round Britain Quiz and One Minute Please (a precursor to Just A Minute).

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On With The Show 1939 – Radio Normandy

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Desert Island Discs with Tony Greig 1976 – BBC Radio 4

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