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Desert Island Discs

300 EpisodesProduced by BBC Radio 4Website

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

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Steve Backshall, Explorer

Steve Backshall is an explorer, naturalist and broadcaster.

His BAFTA-winning programmes bring viewers of every generation closer to nature – from the children's series Deadly 60, featuring close encounters with the most dangerous and venomous creatures on earth, to Blue Planet Live and Springwatch.

His interest in the natural world began at a young age, after his parents decided to swap their terraced house for a smallholding with goats, ducks and geese.

His big break as a broadcaster arrived when National Geographic offered him the post of Adventurer in Residence and he’s been taking on the most arduous challenges and toughest environments on earth ever since. He ran a marathon in the Sahara and has swum cage-free with great white sharks.

His adventures have also brought him many near-death moments. He broke his back while rock climbing and recently almost drowned while kayaking in Bhutan.

Steve is married to the Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, and they have a two year old son and twins born earlier this year.

DISC ONE: Beautiful War by Kings of Leon
DISC TWO: The Wind by Cat Stevens
DISC THREE: Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
DISC FOUR: Even After All by Finley Quaye
DISC FIVE: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Ash Cutler and Rachael Hawnt
DISC SIX: Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
DISC SEVEN: 6 Words by Wretch 32
DISC EIGHT: This Life by Vampire Weekend

BOOK CHOICE: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
LUXURY ITEM: A guitar
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Ash Cutler and Rachael Hawnt

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Sarah Taylor

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