WITH the words “I don’t want the Bible. I don’t like the Bible” comedy star David Walliams, 37, today joined a tiny band of guests on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs who have refused to be marooned with the “holy” book.
His choice of a gun as “a luxury” item also came as a surprise to presenter Kirsty Young, according to this report.
I would like to take a gun because I don’t like being on my own, so if I really start hating it I’m going to shoot myself.
All guests on the long-running show are given the holy book, plus the Complete Works Of Shakespeare, when they are cast away on their fictional island.
Last year opera director David McVicar refused the Bible, but Kirsty Young told him the only permissible substitute would be another religious text.
Writer Tariq Ali also refused the book last year, and Joe Simpson, the climber who crawled for three days back to base camp when he smashed his leg in the Andes, refused the Bible in 2004.
Outspoken Seventies showjumper Harvey Smith refused to name a book he would take to a desert island, not even Shakespeare or the Bible – but his stance was not secular. He told original presenter Roy Plomley:
I’ve never read a book in my life and don’t intend to start for you, sir.