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Best Desert Island Discs quotes of the last year

Desert Island Discs is celebrating its 75th anniversary with David Beckham as castaway for the milestone.

Kirsty Young has hosted the show - the brainchild of broadcaster Roy Plomley - since 2006.

Here are some of the best quotes from her guests in the last year.

:: Tom Hanks

The Hollywood star asked Young "What have you done to me?" as he became emotional while describing the loneliness of his "vagabond" childhood.

He took a long pause and appeared to wipe tears from his eyes before saying that his marriage to his first wife had been to "quell the loneliness".

:: Bruce Springsteen

The singer talked openly about how he recovers from bouts of depression, saying of his wife Patti Scialfa: "Patti's very helpful, and sometimes just time.

"Or sometimes the correct medication, you need the right drugs. That can really help also. These are all things that can pull you back into your life".

Davina McCall

The TV presenter confirmed all three of her children have September birthdays because she did not want to miss hosting Big Brother.

"I love Big Brother so much and the idea of someone else presenting it was 'over my dead body'", she told the Radio 4 show, "so I said to (husband) Matthew (Robertson) 'We are not trying for a baby until after December so there we are, three birthdays in September."

:: Nadiya Hussain

The Great British Bake Off winner said that racist abuse "has become a part of my life".

"I expect it. I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused, because it happens, it's happened for years," she said.

Jilly Cooper

The author, best known for her raunchy novels featuring rural locations and countryside pursuits, said her next work would have a different subject.

"I've suddenly decided to write my next book about football," she told the programme.

Dame Zaha Hadid (2016)

The acclaimed architect was heard as a guest on Desert Island Discs just weeks before she died from a heart attack, at the age of 65.

"I don't really feel I'm part of the establishment," she said. "I'm not outside, I'm on the kind of edge, I'm dangling there. I quite like it."

:: Bill Gates

The Microsoft co-founder revealed how he was "disruptive" as a teenager, forcing his parents to send him to a psychologist.

"I was a bit disruptive. I started early on questioning, were their rules logical and always to be followed? So there was a bit of tension there, as I was pushing back."

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