David Beckham is to be the castaway on the 75th anniversary episode of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
Since it was the first broadcast on 29 January 1942, more than 3,000 guests have been on the show, reports The Guardian.
Having Beckham choose his favourite tracks for the anniversary show was “the perfect gift”, said presenter Kristy Young.
Beckham said that he is delighted to join Desert Island Discs for its 75th anniversary celebrations. He also added that music has been a huge part of his family’s life and his real pleasure to highlight it on such an iconic programme.
Presented by Young and featuring some of the guests from past shows, Desert Island Discs’ anniversary will be having a three-hour programme on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 28 January.
Some of the featured guests include; Cilla Black who talks about her early career singing with The Beatles, and Richard Dimbleby, discussion taking a cutlery set from Hitler’s bunker after being one of the first correspondent to visit. This was after the dictator’s death.
Extracts from freshly revived episodes that are being added to the show’s online archive will also feature.
The show featuring Beckham will reintroduce the sound of the sea to the opening and closing of the programme for the first time since the 1960s.
“A sure way to uncover an elusive British national identity is to listen to this programme week after week”, said Gwyneth Williams- BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 controller.
“The broad range of guests ia s measure of contemporary talent and achievement, and the music opens up different eras and prompts emotional memory in all of us.”, she added.