Thanks, Heaven Has Heels, for giving me the space to give my full answer!
“a programme in which a well-known person is asked the question, if you were to be cast away alone on a desert island, which eight gramophone records would you choose to have with you, assuming of course, that you had a gramophone and an inexhaustible supply of needles.”
Nowadays, the guest (known as a “castaway”) chooses eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item to take to the imaginary island. The program specifies that the luxury item can’t be human or anything that would be useful in getting off the island. I like that Desert Island Discs specifies that, because when people ask the question and don’t clarify that point, I feel compelled to give the type of answer I gave Heaven Has Heels. I mean, I want to play along, but I want a phone too, you know? Other people look for loopholes too. In 1997, Monty Python member John Cleese got around the luxury-item rules by saying he would take fellow Python Michael Palin — but only if he were dead and stuffed. Good answer!