Desert Island Discs [world Service]

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Aung San Suu Kyi20130127

In a remarkable and rare personal interview Aung San Suu Kyi chooses the eight tracks, a book and a luxury, that she’d want to take with her to a mythical Desert Island.

Recorded in December 2012 on location at Daw Suu's home in the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, the interview ranges over her life both in Burma and in the UK where she lived for 18 years. Daw Suu explains her feelings about her father – the leader of Burma's struggle for independence in the '50s and who was assassinated when she was just two – and how the way her mother raised her prepared her for the difficult life that was to come.

She recalls her days as a student in Oxford where she read philosophy, politics and economics and talks about meeting the man who was to become her husband, and father of her two sons, the academic Michael Aris. Having returned to Burma in 1988 to nurse her mother, and following the protests and unrest taking place at the time, she remembers the speech she gave at the Shwedagon pagoda in front of crowds of about half a million and her reaction to being placed under house arrest before the 1990 election even took place.

Daw Suu talks about her relationship with Michael and how they dealt with the Burmese government's refusal to grant him a visa once he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She discusses her feelings toward the Generals of the Burmese military and how they react to her now she's a fellow member of the Burmese parliament and she shares her hopes for the future – both personal and political.

She chooses music which will remind her of people who've been important in her life and her choice includes a 'first' for the programme.

(Image: Aung San Suu Kyi, Credit: Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi20130127

In a remarkable and rare personal interview Aung San Suu Kyi chooses the eight tracks, a book and a luxury, that she’d want to take with her to a mythical Desert Island.

Recorded in December 2012 on location at Daw Suu's home in the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, the interview ranges over her life both in Burma and in the UK where she lived for 18 years. Daw Suu explains her feelings about her father – the leader of Burma's struggle for independence in the '50s and who was assassinated when she was just two – and how the way her mother raised her prepared her for the difficult life that was to come.

She recalls her days as a student in Oxford where she read philosophy, politics and economics and talks about meeting the man who was to become her husband, and father of her two sons, the academic Michael Aris. Having returned to Burma in 1988 to nurse her mother, and following the protests and unrest taking place at the time, she remembers the speech she gave at the Shwedagon pagoda in front of crowds of about half a million and her reaction to being placed under house arrest before the 1990 election even took place.

Daw Suu talks about her relationship with Michael and how they dealt with the Burmese government's refusal to grant him a visa once he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She discusses her feelings toward the Generals of the Burmese military and how they react to her now she's a fellow member of the Burmese parliament and she shares her hopes for the future – both personal and political.

She chooses music which will remind her of people who've been important in her life and her choice includes a 'first' for the programme.

(Image: Aung San Suu Kyi, Credit: Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi20130127

Interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, plus tracks to take with her to a mythical Desert Island

Guests are asked to choose music, a book and a luxury to take to a mythical desert island

In a remarkable and rare personal interview Aung San Suu Kyi chooses the eight tracks, a book and a luxury, that she’d want to take with her to a mythical Desert Island.

Recorded in December 2012 on location at Daw Suu's home in the Burmese capital, Naypyitaw, the interview ranges over her life both in Burma and in the UK where she lived for 18 years. Daw Suu explains her feelings about her father – the leader of Burma's struggle for independence in the '50s and who was assassinated when she was just two – and how the way her mother raised her prepared her for the difficult life that was to come.

She recalls her days as a student in Oxford where she read philosophy, politics and economics and talks about meeting the man who was to become her husband, and father of her two sons, the academic Michael Aris. Having returned to Burma in 1988 to nurse her mother, and following the protests and unrest taking place at the time, she remembers the speech she gave at the Shwedagon pagoda in front of crowds of about half a million and her reaction to being placed under house arrest before the 1990 election even took place.

Daw Suu talks about her relationship with Michael and how they dealt with the Burmese government's refusal to grant him a visa once he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She discusses her feelings toward the Generals of the Burmese military and how they react to her now she's a fellow member of the Burmese parliament and she shares her hopes for the future – both personal and political.

She chooses music which will remind her of people who've been important in her life and her choice includes a 'first' for the programme.

(Image: Aung San Suu Kyi, Credit: Getty Images)

Bill Gates20160211

Bill Gates20160211

Bill Gates, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is interviewed by Kirsty Young

Guests are asked to choose music, a book and a luxury to take to a mythical desert island

Kirsty Young's castaway is Bill Gates. He sat at his first computer while still at school in Seattle, wrote his first computer programme aged just 13 and went on to co-found the company Microsoft, becoming one of the key figures of the technological revolution. In 2000, he and his wife, Melinda, launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has given to date over $34 billion to projects aimed at reducing health inequality around the world.

Born into a professional family - his father was a lawyer, his mother a former teacher who later became involved with volunteer work - he was introduced to the idea of 'giving back' at an early age. An avid reader as a child, he attended Harvard where in his sophomore year he and Paul Allen developed software for the first micro-computers. The company would go on to achieve huge success with its Windows operating system.

By 1987, Gates had become the world's youngest self-made billionaire, then worth $1.25 billion. Consistently listed as the Richest Man in the World, he stepped down as CEO of the company in 2000 although he remained as Chairman until 2014.

These days his primary focus is his philanthropy. In 2010, Gates and his friend Warren Buffett announced the Giving Pledge which aims to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give away the majority of their net worth to worthy causes.

(Photo: Bill Gates)

Bill Gates20160211

Kirsty Young's castaway is Bill Gates. He sat at his first computer while still at school in Seattle, wrote his first computer programme aged just 13 and went on to co-found the company Microsoft, becoming one of the key figures of the technological revolution. In 2000, he and his wife, Melinda, launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has given to date over $34 billion to projects aimed at reducing health inequality around the world.

Born into a professional family - his father was a lawyer, his mother a former teacher who later became involved with volunteer work - he was introduced to the idea of 'giving back' at an early age. An avid reader as a child, he attended Harvard where in his sophomore year he and Paul Allen developed software for the first micro-computers. The company would go on to achieve huge success with its Windows operating system.

By 1987, Gates had become the world's youngest self-made billionaire, then worth $1.25 billion. Consistently listed as the Richest Man in the World, he stepped down as CEO of the company in 2000 although he remained as Chairman until 2014.

These days his primary focus is his philanthropy. In 2010, Gates and his friend Warren Buffett announced the Giving Pledge which aims to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give away the majority of their net worth to worthy causes.

(Photo: Bill Gates)

Bill Gates20160211

Kirsty Young's castaway is Bill Gates. He sat at his first computer while still at school in Seattle, wrote his first computer programme aged just 13 and went on to co-found the company Microsoft, becoming one of the key figures of the technological revolution. In 2000, he and his wife, Melinda, launched the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has given to date over $34 billion to projects aimed at reducing health inequality around the world.

Born into a professional family - his father was a lawyer, his mother a former teacher who later became involved with volunteer work - he was introduced to the idea of 'giving back' at an early age. An avid reader as a child, he attended Harvard where in his sophomore year he and Paul Allen developed software for the first micro-computers. The company would go on to achieve huge success with its Windows operating system.

By 1987, Gates had become the world's youngest self-made billionaire, then worth $1.25 billion. Consistently listed as the Richest Man in the World, he stepped down as CEO of the company in 2000 although he remained as Chairman until 2014.

These days his primary focus is his philanthropy. In 2010, Gates and his friend Warren Buffett announced the Giving Pledge which aims to inspire the wealthy people of the world to give away the majority of their net worth to worthy causes.

(Photo: Bill Gates)

David Beckham2017020420170205 (WS)

As Desert Island Discs celebrates 75 years, David Beckham tells Kirsty Young what pieces of music he’d take to a desert island.

David Beckham2017020420170205 (WS)

David Beckham reveals what pieces of music he would take to a desert island

Guests are asked to choose music, a book and a luxury to take to a mythical desert island

David Beckham is cast away on a mythical desert island. He is given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible - then chooses eight songs, a book and a luxury to take with him. He explains his choices and discusses key moments in his life, and the people and events that have influenced and inspired him and brought him where he is today.

David Beckham is the only English professional footballer to win the league titles in his homeland, Spain, the USA and France. He spent much of his career as a midfielder for Manchester United, winning the Treble – Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League - in 1999, before moving to Real Madrid in 2003. He headed to the US to play for LA Galaxy in 2007, and ended his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, retiring in May that year.

Born and raised in east London, David Beckham discovered football early and spent hours kicking a ball around at the local park with his father. At the age of seven, he played for his first team, Ridgeway Rovers, before coming to the attention of Manchester United while attending the Bobby Charlton Soccer School. He became a trainee with Manchester United in 1991, and progressed to make 265 first team appearances, winning the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League once. He played for England from 1996 to 2009 and captained the side for six years.

He has been married to Victoria Adams – who first found fame as Posh from the Spice Girls – since 1999, and they have four children. Since retiring from professional football in 2013, David has spent more time on his work with the charity Unicef which he has supported since 2005.

In this interview, he reflects the role his parents played in giving him opportunities from a young age, his early years at Manchester United, the successes and subsequent conflicts with team manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and the difficulties he faced on his return to England after he was sent off in a vital match in the 1998 World Cup. He also reveals how he and his wife Victoria first met and dated, and remembers – with some amusement – their very lavish wedding, in which his outfit included a purple top hat.

Desert Island Discs was first broadcast in the UK in 1942. This programme marks its 75th anniversary.

(Photo: Professional soccer player David Beckham, 2016. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

David Beckham20170204

David Beckham reveals what pieces of music he would take to a desert island

Guests are asked to choose music, a book and a luxury to take to a mythical desert island

David Beckham is cast away on a mythical desert island. He is given the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible - then chooses eight songs, a book and a luxury to take with him. He explains his choices and discusses key moments in his life, and the people and events that have influenced and inspired him and brought him where he is today.

David Beckham is the only English professional footballer to win the league titles in his homeland, Spain, the USA and France. He spent much of his career as a midfielder for Manchester United, winning the Treble – Premiership, FA Cup and Champions League - in 1999, before moving to Real Madrid in 2003. He headed to the US to play for LA Galaxy in 2007, and ended his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, retiring in May that year.

Born and raised in east London, David Beckham discovered football early and spent hours kicking a ball around at the local park with his father. At the age of seven, he played for his first team, Ridgeway Rovers, before coming to the attention of Manchester United while attending the Bobby Charlton Soccer School. He became a trainee with Manchester United in 1991, and progressed to make 265 first team appearances, winning the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League once. He played for England from 1996 to 2009 and captained the side for six years.

He has been married to Victoria Adams – who first found fame as Posh from the Spice Girls – since 1999, and they have four children. Since retiring from professional football in 2013, David has spent more time on his work with the charity Unicef which he has supported since 2005.

In this interview, he reflects the role his parents played in giving him opportunities from a young age, his early years at Manchester United, the successes and subsequent conflicts with team manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and the difficulties he faced on his return to England after he was sent off in a vital match in the 1998 World Cup. He also reveals how he and his wife Victoria first met and dated, and remembers – with some amusement – their very lavish wedding, in which his outfit included a purple top hat.

Desert Island Discs was first broadcast in the UK in 1942. This programme marks its 75th anniversary.

(Photo: Professional soccer player David Beckham, 2016. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)