Last Word

Radio 4's obituary programme, analysing and reflecting on the lives of people who have recently died.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

01/04/201120110403

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

01/10/201020101003
02/01/200920090104
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On Last Word this week:

Novelist Beryl Bainbridge.

Two Conservative politicians who were on opposite wings of the party: the one nation Tory Lord Walker who survived in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet despite disagreeing with her on many policies and Dame Angela Rumbold, the strong Eurosceptic who tried to advance the cause of women in the party.

Professor Sir Hugh Ford: the engineer who made major break-throughs in plastics and metals which fuelled the growth of British manufacturing after the war.

Paolo Urbani: the Italian who made a successful business out of truffle hunting.

And Robert Byrd: the longest serving American senator.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Jane Little tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

06/08/201020100808

On Last Word this week:

Financier turned royal courtier Sir John Riddell, who as private secretary to both the Prince and Princess of Wales remained on good terms with both. Lolita Lebron who led a gun attack on the US House of Representatives to make the case for Puerto Rican independence. Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz who revived the fortunes of James Bond and saved Superman. Donald Shiley, whose artificial heart valve was credited with saving thousands of lives. And Eric Tindill who until his death held the distinction of being the oldest surviving Test cricketer in the world and an All Blacks Rugby player.

Producer: Neil George.

Jane Little on Riddell, Lolita Lebron, Tom Mankiewicz, Donald Shiley and Eric Tindill.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme with John Wilson.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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On Last Word this week:

The Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussain Fadlallah: known as the spiritual force behind Hezbollah in Lebanon during the the1980s. The USA branded him a terrorist - he held strongly anti-Israeli views - but he was revered as a liberal Shia cleric by thousands of followers.

The explorer and composer David Fanshawe who collected music from around the world to include in works like African Sanctus.

Also, the man known as Dr. Iron - Clement Finch whose research into the role of iron in the body led to advances in treating anaemia.

And the racehorse trainer Rosemary Lomax, the first woman officially to train a winner at Royal Ascot.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word with John Wilson this week:

Test Match star Trevor Bailey is remembered, both at the crease and in the commentary box, by his friend Henry Blofeld.

Dr Ernest McCulloch pioneered stem-cell research which led to the first bone-marrow transplants.

John Paul Getty III lost his ear to kidnappers, was snubbed by his billionaire grandfather and suffered a crippling stroke. We hear the story of massive wealth and family tragedy.

And rock star Greg Lake tells us how, when he was putting together a new band, blues guitarist Gary Moore passed the audition simply by 'tuning up'.

John Wilson on Trevor Bailey, Ernest McCulloch, John Paul Getty III and Gary Moore.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

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John Wilson on:

Christopher Hitchens, a giant of modern political journalism, who targeted tyranny, corruption and religion in print.

Microbiologist Lynn Margulis, whose theories about evolution brought about new understanding of cellular development.

George Whitman, owner of the world famous Shakespeare and co. bookshop in Paris.

And Jerry Robinson, the comic strip artist who created the character of Batman's faithful sidekick Robin and his arch villain The Joker.

John Wilson on Christopher Hitchens, Lynn Margulis, George Whitman and Jerry Robinson.

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Jane Little presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

John Wilson presents This week: Lord Bingham, who rose to become the most senior and most respected judge in Britain. A former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham was a proud defender of individual liberty and human rights. Lord David Owen is among those paying tribute. We also hear about the heroism and bravery of wartime secret agent Eileen Nearne; the free-wheeling life of traveller and counter-cultural leader Sid Rawle; French new wave auteur Claude Chabrol and how Vladimir Raitz invented the package holiday 60 years ago.

John Wilson on Lord Bingham, Eileen Nearne, Vladimir Raitz, Claude Chabrol and Sid Rawle.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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John Wilson presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

We retrace Sir George Shearing's jazz journey from Battersea to Birdland - pianist Julian Joseph demonstrates the secret of Shearing's keyboard technique.

The Right Reverend Derek Rawcliffe was known as Britain's first gay Bishop after he outed himself on Newsnight.

How former Liverpudlian milkman and docker Brian Jacques became one of the biggest selling children's authors in the world.

Sociologist Daniel Bell's big ideas included a prediction of the internet - three decades before it was invented.

And how actor TP McKenna became a familiar face on stage on screen.

John Wilson on George Shearing, Derek Rawcliffe, Brian Jacques, Daniel Bell and TP McKenna

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme. With Matthew Bannister.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Jane Little presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Matthew Bannister on:

His holiness Pope Shenouda the third, leader of the Coptic church who had to defend his flock in Egypt from violence and persecution.

His Majesty King George Tupou the fifth - the colourful king of Tonga who trained at Sandhurst and introduced democracy to his island people.

Maurice Andre, the virtuoso French trumpeter.

Iran's first successful female novelist Simin Daneshvar

And Chaleo Yoovidhya - the Thai entrepreneur who made billions from the Red Bull energy drink.

Matthew Bannister on Pope Shenouda III, King George Tupou, Maurice Andre, Simin Daneshvar.

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On Last Word this week:

Eduardo Sanchez Junco - who developed the Spanish gossip magazine Hola into a worldwide brand. We have tributes from his former international editor the Marquesa de Valera and his competitor Richard Desmond.

Also top Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov who defected to the Americans in 2000.

The influential climate change scientist Professor Stephen Schneider who advised eight American presidents, but received death threats from sceptics

And "probably the daftest broadcaster in the world" - as his jingle had it. BBC Radio Norfolk's veteran entertainer, country music fan and the voice of Carrow Road - Roy Waller.

Matthew Bannister on Eduardo Sanchez Junco, Sergei Tretyakov and Stephen Schneider.

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On Last Word this week:

Barbel Bohley, the East german artist who was one of the leaders of the protests that brought down the Berlin Wall.

The composer Geoffrey Burgon who wrote the memorable TV theme for Brideshead Revisited and the score for the Monty Python film "Life of Brian". Terry Jones pays tribute.

The lesbian feminist campaigner Jill Johnston who took part in the notorious discussion of women's rights at the Manhattan Town Hall in the 1970s.

The MI6 Agent John McGlashan who was involved in a plot to assassinate Egypt's President Nasser with a box of poisoned chocolates.

And the publisher Tom Guinzberg who launched the careers of many influential writers - and fell out with his friend Jackie Kennedy Onassis over a Jeffrey Archer novel.

Matthew Bannister on Barbel Bohley, Geoffrey Burgon, Jill Johnston, John McGlashan.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister on

Jerry Lieber who with his partner Mike Stoller wrote scores of classic songs - from Hound Dog for Elvis Presley to Stand By Me for Ben E King and Pearl's a Singer for Elkie Brooks.

Diana Lamplugh who reacted to the disappearance of her daughter by launching a campaign to change atitudes to personal safety

John Howard Davies - as a child actor he played Oliver in David Lean's film - as an adult he produced and directed many classic TV comedies including Monty Python, the Goodies and Fawlty Towers.

Ctirad Masin - Czech resistance fighter whose violent and daring escape still causes controversy today

And Geroge Devol who invented the first industrial robot - the Unimate.

Matthew Bannister on Jerry Lieber, Diana Lamplugh, John Howard Davies and George Devol.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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The Indian born writer and activist Mala Sen, who campaigned for the rights of ethnic minority workers in the UK.

The nobel prize winning scientist Dr Willard Boyle, who invented the tiny charge couple device that is behind all digital imaging

Lloyd Knibb - the Jamaican drummer who came up with the ska beat.

The actor Edward Hardwicke best known for playing Dr Watson to Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s TV series

And the seventh Earl of Onslow, a political maverick and true British eccentric.

Matthew Bannister on Mala Sen, Willard Boyle, Lloyd Knibb, and the 7th Earl of Onslow.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister on:

The Tory politician Lord Newton - a respected Minister of Health and Secretary of State for social security. Edwina Currie tells us why she confided in him about her affair with John Major.

The darts player Jocky Wilson - a Scottish hero to the poet Ian Macmillan who pays tribute.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the warlord who became President of Somalia but couldn't stop the country's tribal and religious violence

Jennifer Longford, daughter of Lloyd George's mistress - but was Lloyd George her father?

And banjo player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs - Whispering Bob Harris pays tribute to the bluegrass pioneer..

Matthew Bannister on Lord Newton, Jocky Wilson, Jennifer Longford, Earl Scruggs.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister on:

Dame Barbara Mills QC, the successful barrister who became the first woman Director of Public Prosecutions.

The poet and singer Gil Scott-Heron who gave voice to the black American experience.

The surrealist artist Leonora Carrington who scandalised her father by running away with Max Ernst and became a national treasure in Mexico.

And Flick Colby who choreographed Pans People's weekly routines on Top of the Pops. We have a tribute from Babs.

Matthew Bannister on Dame Barbara Mills, Gil Scott-Heron, Leonora Carrington, Flick Colby.

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John Wilson on:

Christopher Logue, the performance poet who translated Homer, wrote for Private Eye, and acted alongside Jonathan Pryce in Hamlet.

Socrates - doctor of medicine, political activist and Brazilian World Cup captain.

We hear about Professor Wilfred Lambert , a scholar whose unrivalled knowledge of ancient Babylonian languages helped unlock historical mysteries.

Dev Anand - the matinee idol of Hindi cinema.

And Helen Forrester who wrote about childhood poverty in Liverpool in the 1930s.

John Wilson on Dev Anand, Christopher Logue, Socrates, Helen Forrester and Wilfred Lambert

Juan Antonio Samaranch/tom Fleming /ronald Gregory/bishop Abel Muzorewa

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Matthew Bannister on Khalil Dale, Leila Berg, Tomas Borge, Terry Spinks, Rev Ray Davey.

Matthew Bannister on the Red Cross worker Khalil Dale who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan;

The writer and educationalist Leila Berg whose controversial "Nippers" series taught children to read with stories from working class life;

The Nicaraguan revolutionary Tomas Borge who co-founded the Sandinista Front and cracked down on opponents as Interior Minister;

The flyweight Terry Spinks who became the youngest boxer to win a gold medal at the Olympics;

and the Reverend Ray Davey whose Corrymeela Community brought together Protestants and Catholics during Northern Ireland's troubles.

The writer and educationalist Leila Berg whose controversial "Nippers" series taught children to read with stories from working class life;

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New Series. Matthew Bannister launches Radio 4's weekly obituaries series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister looks back at the lives of some of those who have recently died - famous and unsung, significant and extraordinary.

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Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died - the great and the good, the extraordinary and the unsung. [Rptd Sun 11.00pm]

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died - the great and the good, the extraordinary and the unsung. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rptd Sun 11.00pm]

John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rptd Sun 11.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister looks back at the lives of the great and the good, the unsung and the extraordinary, in Radio 4's obituaries programme.

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Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rptd Sun 8.30pm]

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Lucy Ash presents the obituaries programme, looking back at the lives of the famous and infamous, the significant and the unsung.

Lucy Ash presents the obituaries programme, looking back at the lives of the famous and infamous, the significant and the unsung. [Rptd Sun 8.30pm]

Lucy Ash presents the obituaries programme, looking back at the lives of the famous and infamous, the significant and the unsung. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of significant people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of significant people who have recently died. [Rptd Sun 8.30pm]

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of significant people who have recently died. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Jane Little presents the obituaries programme.

Jane Little presents the obituaries programme. [Rptd Sun 8.30pm]

Jane Little tells the life stories of significant people who have recently died. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rptd Sun 8.30pm]

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. [Rpt of Fri 4.00pm]

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Russell Davies presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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"John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known."

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"Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known."

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Jonathan Freedland presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

Jonathan Freedland presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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John Wilson and guests reflect on the lives of notable people who have recently died.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Matthew Bannister

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Sir Bill Cotton, Mahmoud Darwish, Harold Rosen and PC John Johnson.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Matthew Bannister talks to Nicky Weller and Steve White about the life of music manager John Weller; Adrian Jackson on Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal; Arif Waqar on Ghazal singer Iqbal Bano; Anne Cole and Adrian Midgely on English toponymist Dr Margaret Gelling; Marianne Faithfull and Nicky Haslam on model and muse Maxime de la Falaise.

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Matthew Bannister talks to Sir Max Hastings and Katherine Whitehorn about the life of journalist Anne Scott-James; Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Trevor Nunn and Sally Cavender on composer Nicholas Maw; Lord Owen and Thoby Young about the life of Lord Kennet; Michael Winner and Michael Hackney talk about writer Alan Hackney.

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Matthew Bannister talks to Dr Harold Brown and Rachel York about the life of physicist Herbert York; Bill Smith about diver Carl Spencer; Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn and Nick Jones about trade union leader Ken Gill and Professor David Bradbury and Pamela Howard about the life of French theatre director Roger Planchon.

Matthew Bannister talks about the lives of physicist Herbert York and diver Carl Spencer.

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Featuring the life of the controversial trade union leader Eric Hammond, who did a secret deal to help Rupert Murdoch move his newspapers to Wapping.

One of the founders of Google, Sergey Brin, pays tribute to the computer scientist Professor Rajeev Motwani, who helped them develop their search engine.

Matthew Bannister also discusses the Scottish poet Maurice Lindsay, a passionate advocate for Scottish literature, art and architecture, the 'ton up vicar' of the 1960s, Father Bill Shergold, who encouraged hundreds of bikers to join his church youth club in the East End of London, and the record producer Ron Richards, who worked with the Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers as well as on some of the Beatles' first recording sessions.

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Matthew Bannister talks to writer Carla Lane, to Trevor Bannister who played the young salesman Mr Lucas and to the creator of Are You Being Served? and writer and actor Jeremy Lloyd about the actress Mollie Sugden; to the wine writer Jancis Robinson about the wine maker Jean (Johnny) Hugel; to regulars at the Sun Inn pub Gary Seymour and Mark Haslam, local representative of the Campaign for Real Ale, and to Jeremy Paxman who remembers visiting the pub owned by landlady Florence (Flossie) Lane; to the doctor of the England Football team Ian Beesley and to the current director of Sports Science at the University Tim Cable about sports scientist Prof Tom Reilly; and to Attila the Stockbroker, who pays tribute to his friend and fellow ranting poet Steven Wells.

Matthew Bannister reflects on the lives of Mollie Sugden, Jean Hugel and Prof Tom Reilly.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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Sam Salt, Percy Sutton, Yves Rocher, Monsignor Graham Leonard and Craigie Aitchison.

Matthew Bannister marks the lives of Rear Admiral Sam Salt, Percy Sutton, Yves Rocher, the Right Reverend Monsignor Graham Leonard and Craigie Aitchison.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

Marking the lives of Bill McLaren, Kate McGarrigle, Andrew Booth and Erich Segal.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The programme reflects on people of distinction and interest from many walks of life, some famous and some less well known.

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Marking the lives of JD Salinger, Lord Richardson and Earl Wild.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. The lives of JD Salinger, Lord Richardson and Earl Wild.

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The lives of those who have recently died are assessed with contributions from those who were either close to the subject or who have particular knowledge of their life and work.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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On Last Word this week a leading Polish historian reflects on the death in a plane crash of the country's President and members of the political elite.

Also, one of Scotland's finest singers - Kenneth McKellar's White Heather Club co-star Moira Anderson pays tribute.

Anatoly Dobrynin - who as Soviet ambassador in Washington played a key role in preventing nuclear war during the Cuban missile crisis;

Ed Roberts, known as the founder of the personal computing industry.

He sold his company and went off to practice as a small town doctor while his employee Bill Gates made billions at Microsoft

And George Nissen - the acrobat who invented the trampoline and devoted his life to promoting its virtues.

Matthew Bannister presents the weekly obituaries programme.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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On Last Word this week:

Juan Antonio Samaranch - President of the International Olympic Committee who was credited with transforming the fortunes of the modern Olympics, but dogged by allegations of corruption and the use of drugs in sport.

The actor, director and writer Tom Fleming who was also the voice of major royal occasions on the BBC.

His professionalism guided us through events like the Queens's Coronation, the wedding and funeral of Princess Diana and the Edinburgh Tattoo.

Ronald Gregory who was the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire police at the time of the much criticised investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

And Bishop Abel Muzorewa who tried to negotiate a peaceful transition to black majority rule in Rhodesia before being trounced at the polls by Robert Mugabe.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary programme.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Obituary series.

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The subjects of today's programme include Dorothy Height, described by Barack Obama as the godmother of civil rights" in the United States.

A campaigner from the 1930s, according to the US President she was "at every march and milestone along the way".

Also the prolific writer Alan Sillitoe, who first came to prominence with his novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

We hear from his son David.

Professor Fred Halliday, renowned scholar of international relations and expert on the Middle East.

His fluency in ten languages helped him to gain a deeper understanding of Arabic culture and politics

And the poet Peter Porter.

Russell Davies recalls the long Soho lunches they shared with Clive James, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Ian Mcewan and other luminaries.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme."

The subjects of today's programme include Dorothy Height, described by Barack Obama as "the godmother of civil rights" in the United States. A campaigner from the 1930s, according to the US President she was "at every march and milestone along the way".

Also the prolific writer Alan Sillitoe, who first came to prominence with his novel Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. We hear from his son David.

Professor Fred Halliday, renowned scholar of international relations and expert on the Middle East. His fluency in ten languages helped him to gain a deeper understanding of Arabic culture and politics

And the poet Peter Porter. Russell Davies recalls the long Soho lunches they shared with Clive James, Kingsley and Martin Amis, Ian Mcewan and other luminaries.

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On Last Word this week:

The campaigner for gay rights Antony Grey.

He was a leading figure in the lobbying that produced the legalisation of homosexuality for adults over the age of twenty one in 1967.

Also: Jean-Louis Dumas who turned the French luxury brand Hermes into a multi billion dollar global company.

The actress Lynn Redgrave who had a gift for comedy and battled her personal demons in public.

Guenter Wendt who was in charge of the final pre-flight checks before pioneering American astronauts launched into space.

And Avigdor Arikha, the Israeli artist whose first drawings depicted the horrors of the concentration camp where he was taken as a child.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word this week

Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol - otherwise known as Sae Daeng" or Red Commander.

The flamboyant security chief of the red shirted anti-government protesters was shot dead in Bangkok last week.

Also Professor Richard Gregory, the eminent psychologist who increased our understanding of human perception

Hank Jones - the revered jazz pianist who played with most of the top names of the twentieth century

The political columnist Alan Watkins - one of the last greats of Fleet Street

And: never knowingly overdressed: the nude pin up of the fifties and sixties, Pamela Green.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary programme.

Radio 4's obituary programme."

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On Last Word this week:

Dennis Hopper - the Hollywood actor and director who captured the spirit of the sixties in Easy Rider, battled drink and drug addiction and made a triumphant return to form in Blue Velvet.

Last Word has a tribute from director David Lynch.

Also the influential French-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois - Antony Gormley discusses her life and work.

Chris Haney, who became a multi millionaire after co-inventing the game Trivial Pursuit

Peter Orlovsky, partner and muse of the beat poet Allen Ginsberg

And John Gooders - who made a successful business from his passion for birdwatching.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word this week Matthew Bannister marks the lives of:

Egon Ronay - the Hungarian born gourmet who led a transformation of British food.

Sir Harold Haywood.

He was the Director of the National Association of Youth Clubs who stepped in to stop the mods and rockers fighting on Brighton beach.

The German artist Sigmar Polke who satirised American pop art and experimented with unusual materials - As Byatt pays tribute.

The neurologist Dr Fred Plum who coined the terms 'persistent vegetative state' and 'locked in syndrome' to describe different types of coma.

And the BBC commentator Robert Hudson, who first suggested the idea of ball by ball cricket coverage on radio.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word this week:

Novelist Beryl Bainbridge.

Two Conservative politicians who were on opposite wings of the party: the one nation Tory Lord Walker who survived in Margaret Thatcher's cabinet despite disagreeing with her on many policies and Dame Angela Rumbold, the strong Eurosceptic who tried to advance the cause of women in the party.

Professor Sir Hugh Ford: the engineer who made major break-throughs in plastics and metals which fuelled the growth of British manufacturing after the war.

Paolo Urbani: the Italian who made a successful business out of truffle hunting.

And Robert Byrd: the longest serving American senator.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word this week:

The Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussain Fadlallah: known as the spiritual force behind Hezbollah in Lebanon during the the1980s.

The USA branded him a terrorist - he held strongly anti-Israeli views - but he was revered as a liberal Shia cleric by thousands of followers.

The explorer and composer David Fanshawe who collected music from around the world to include in works like African Sanctus.

Also, the man known as Dr.

Iron - Clement Finch whose research into the role of iron in the body led to advances in treating anaemia.

And the racehorse trainer Rosemary Lomax, the first woman officially to train a winner at Royal Ascot.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word this week:

The eminent conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.

We have tributes from Dame Janet Baker, Julian Lloyd Webber and Sir Mark Elder.

Sir Marrack Goulding, the outspoken diplomat who led the development of United Nations peacekeeping - Lord Hattersley pays tribute.

Lord Laing of Dunphail who led the success of United Biscuits and was a friend of Margaret Thatcher.

Jim Bohlen - the Canadian campaigner who was part of the anti nuclear testing sea voyage that led to the foundation of Greenpeace.

And the poet Pete Morgan who often wrote about his beloved Yorkshire countryside.

Matthew Bannister on Charles Mackerras, Marrack Goulding, Hector Laing, and Jim Bohlen.

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Eduardo Sanchez Junco - who developed the Spanish gossip magazine Hola into a worldwide brand.

We have tributes from his former international editor the Marquesa de Valera and his competitor Richard Desmond.

Also top Russian spy Sergei Tretyakov who defected to the Americans in 2000.

The influential climate change scientist Professor Stephen Schneider who advised eight American presidents, but received death threats from sceptics

And "probably the daftest broadcaster in the world" - as his jingle had it.

BBC Radio Norfolk's veteran entertainer, country music fan and the voice of Carrow Road - Roy Waller.

Matthew Bannister on Eduardo Sanchez Junco, Sergei Tretyakov and Stephen Schneider.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

On Last Word this week:

Financier turned royal courtier Sir John Riddell, who as private secretary to both the Prince and Princess of Wales remained on good terms with both.

Lolita Lebron who led a gun attack on the US House of Representatives to make the case for Puerto Rican independence.

Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz who revived the fortunes of James Bond and saved Superman.

Donald Shiley, whose artificial heart valve was credited with saving thousands of lives.

And Eric Tindill who until his death held the distinction of being the oldest surviving Test cricketer in the world and an All Blacks Rugby player.

Producer: Neil George.

Jane Little on Riddell, Lolita Lebron, Tom Mankiewicz, Donald Shiley and Eric Tindill.

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This week: Lord Bingham, who rose to become the most senior and most respected judge in Britain.

A former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham was a proud defender of individual liberty and human rights.

Lord David Owen is among those paying tribute.

We also hear about the heroism and bravery of wartime secret agent Eileen Nearne; the free-wheeling life of traveller and counter-cultural leader Sid Rawle; French new wave auteur Claude Chabrol and how Vladimir Raitz invented the package holiday 60 years ago.

John Wilson on Lord Bingham, Eileen Nearne, Vladimir Raitz, Claude Chabrol and Sid Rawle.

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On Last Word this week:

Barbel Bohley, the East german artist who was one of the leaders of the protests that brought down the Berlin Wall.

The composer Geoffrey Burgon who wrote the memorable TV theme for Brideshead Revisited and the score for the Monty Python film "Life of Brian".

Terry Jones pays tribute.

The lesbian feminist campaigner Jill Johnston who took part in the notorious discussion of women's rights at the Manhattan Town Hall in the 1970s.

The MI6 Agent John McGlashan who was involved in a plot to assassinate Egypt's President Nasser with a box of poisoned chocolates.

And the publisher Tom Guinzberg who launched the careers of many influential writers - and fell out with his friend Jackie Kennedy Onassis over a Jeffrey Archer novel.

Matthew Bannister on Barbel Bohley, Geoffrey Burgon, Jill Johnston, John McGlashan.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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On Last Word this week:

Penny Feiwel who volunteered as a nurse in the Spanish Civil war and was badly wounded.

The Welsh operatic soprano Dame Margaret Price, known for her interpretations of Mozart, Verdi and German Lieder.

The Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato who was murdered in his own home.

Malcolm Lyell, who sold British shotguns to kings, princes and maharajahs as well as rich Americans.

And film composer John Barry - best known for Bond music - but who won five Oscars for his scores for other movies.

Matthew Bannister on Penny Feiwel, Dame Margaret Price, David Kato, and Malcolm Lyell.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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On Last Word with John Wilson this week:

Test Match star Trevor Bailey is remembered, both at the crease and in the commentary box, by his friend Henry Blofeld.

Dr Ernest McCulloch pioneered stem-cell research which led to the first bone-marrow transplants.

John Paul Getty III lost his ear to kidnappers, was snubbed by his billionaire grandfather and suffered a crippling stroke.

We hear the story of massive wealth and family tragedy.

And rock star Greg Lake tells us how, when he was putting together a new band, blues guitarist Gary Moore passed the audition simply by 'tuning up'.

John Wilson on Trevor Bailey, Ernest McCulloch, John Paul Getty III and Gary Moore.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

John Paul Getty III lost his ear to kidnappers, was snubbed by his billionaire grandfather and suffered a crippling stroke. We hear the story of massive wealth and family tragedy.

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John Wilson presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

We retrace Sir George Shearing's jazz journey from Battersea to Birdland - pianist Julian Joseph demonstrates the secret of Shearing's keyboard technique.

The Right Reverend Derek Rawcliffe was known as Britain's first gay Bishop after he outed himself on Newsnight.

How former Liverpudlian milkman and docker Brian Jacques became one of the biggest selling children's authors in the world.

Sociologist Daniel Bell's big ideas included a prediction of the internet - three decades before it was invented.

And how actor TP McKenna became a familiar face on stage on screen.

John Wilson on George Shearing, Derek Rawcliffe, Brian Jacques, Daniel Bell and TP McKenna

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Raymond Burton, who expanded the Burton's suit empire started by his father, and went onto launch Topshop.

Maria Altmann, who - in her late 80s - won ownership of $330m worth of Gustav Klimt paintings that her family had lost in Nazi-occupied Austria.

Ronald Hickman, inventor of the popular piece of DIY kit - the Workmate.

Esther Rantzen pays tribute to That's Life's in-house lawyer David Tench.

And actor Nicholas Courtney, best known for playing Dr Who's ally on earth, the Brigadier.

John Wilson on Raymond Burton, Maria Altmann, Ronald Hickman and David Tench.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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The prolific film director Sidney Lumet - whose movies included Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Network.

We have tributes from Omar Sharif and Jenny Agutter.

The nobel prize winning scientist Baruch Blumberg, who saved millions of lives by isolating the Hepatitis B virus and developing a vaccine

Roger Nichols - the innovative studio engineer who gave Steely Dan their distinctive sound.

Edith Helm - the first woman ever to be given a kidney transplant - we speak to the donor - her twin sister.

And the "honey voiced" Gaelic singer Ishbel MacAskill.

Matthew Bannister on Sidney Lumet, Baruch Blumberg, Roger Nichols and Ishbel MacAskill.

The prolific film director Sidney Lumet - whose movies included Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Network. We have tributes from Omar Sharif and Jenny Agutter.

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Matthew Bannister on:

Dame Barbara Mills QC, the successful barrister who became the first woman Director of Public Prosecutions.

The poet and singer Gil Scott-Heron who gave voice to the black American experience.

The surrealist artist Leonora Carrington who scandalised her father by running away with Max Ernst and became a national treasure in Mexico.

And Flick Colby who choreographed Pans People's weekly routines on Top of the Pops.

We have a tribute from Babs.

Matthew Bannister on Dame Barbara Mills, Gil Scott-Heron, Leonora Carrington, Flick Colby.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Albertina Sisulu, MF Husain, Patrick Leigh Fermor and John Mackenzie.

Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Jane Little presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Brian Haw - the anti war protester who camped in Parliament Square for ten years;

Mike Waterson who made singing traditional British music a family affair;

Yelena Bonner - wife of the Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov - and campaigner in her own right

Mietek Pemper - the Jewish secretary who helped to type Schindler's List and saved thousands from the gas chamber

And Gunnar Fischer - the cinematographer who gave the films of Ingmar Bergman their distinctive look.

Matthew Bannister on Brian Haw, Mike Waterson, Yelena Bonner and Mietek Pemper.

With Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme with Matthew Bannister.

With Matthew Bannister. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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With John Wilson.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme with John Wilson.

With John Wilson. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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With Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

Matthew Bannister on:

The former American First Lady Betty Ford, noted for her outspoken views and for her battles with drug and drink addictions

The Earl of Harewood, cousin to the Queen, opera buff, free-speech-campaigner-turned-film-censor and lifelong Leeds United fan

Christiane Desroches Noblecourt the French Egyptologist who led the challenging project to move vast Nubian temples, stone by stone, to avoid the waters of the Aswan Dam

Betty Callaway - the ice dance coach who helped Torvill and Dean to a series of World Championships and Olympic Gold. Christopher Dean and Michael Crawford pay tribute

Itamar Franco, the Brazilian President who brought his country's rampant inflation under control and was photographed alongside a scantily clad model

And Josef Suk - the leading violin soloist who was Dvorak's great grandson.

Matthew Bannister on Betty Ford, the Earl of Harewood, Betty Callaway and Josef Suk.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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Jerry Lieber who with his partner Mike Stoller wrote scores of classic songs - from Hound Dog for Elvis Presley to Stand By Me for Ben E King and Pearl's a Singer for Elkie Brooks.

Diana Lamplugh who reacted to the disappearance of her daughter by launching a campaign to change atitudes to personal safety

John Howard Davies - as a child actor he played Oliver in David Lean's film - as an adult he produced and directed many classic TV comedies including Monty Python, the Goodies and Fawlty Towers.

Ctirad Masin - Czech resistance fighter whose violent and daring escape still causes controversy today

And Geroge Devol who invented the first industrial robot - the Unimate.

Matthew Bannister on Jerry Lieber, Diana Lamplugh, John Howard Davies and George Devol.

With Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Matthew Bannister on

Richard Hamilton - the father of pop art who was inspired by technology and modern life.

Michael Hart, who founded Project Gutenberg to digitise great works of literature and make them freely available to all.

Gabriel Valdes, the Chilean politician who played a leading role in ousting Pinochet's military junta

Wardell Quezergue, the arranger credited with developing the New Orleans sound.

He worked with Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney

And the poet Herbert Lomas, whose work on the death of his wife inspired Ted Hughes to write his Birthday Letters.

Matthew Bannister on Richard Hamilton, Michael Hart, Gabriel Valdes and Wardell Quezergue.

With Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

Wardell Quezergue, the arranger credited with developing the New Orleans sound. He worked with Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney

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Jane Little presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

With Jane Little. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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The Battle of Britain pilot Wallace Cunnigham, who took part in the celebrated "Wooden Horse" escape from a German prisoner of war camp.

Lord Gould - the political strategist behind New Labour.

Lord Mandelson and Alastair Campbell pay tribute.

Alfonso Cano - communist leader of the FARC militants in Columbia

And heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier - we recall the Thriller in Manila and have a tribute from the philosopher AC Grayling.

Matthew Bannister on Wallace Cunningham, Lord Gould, Alfonso Cano and Joe Frazier.

With Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

Lord Gould - the political strategist behind New Labour. Lord Mandelson and Alastair Campbell pay tribute.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

With Matthew Bannister. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme. With Matthew Bannister.

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John Wilson on:

Christopher Logue, the performance poet who translated Homer, wrote for Private Eye, and acted alongside Jonathan Pryce in Hamlet.

Socrates - doctor of medicine, political activist and Brazilian World Cup captain.

We hear about Professor Wilfred Lambert , a scholar whose unrivalled knowledge of ancient Babylonian languages helped unlock historical mysteries.

Dev Anand - the matinee idol of Hindi cinema.

And Helen Forrester who wrote about childhood poverty in Liverpool in the 1930s.

John Wilson on Dev Anand, Christopher Logue, Socrates, Helen Forrester and Wilfred Lambert

John Wilson presents the obituary programme that analyses and celebrates the life stories of people who have recently died.

John Wilson presents Radio 4's obituary programme.

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With John Wilson.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

John Wilson on:

Christopher Hitchens, a giant of modern political journalism, who targeted tyranny, corruption and religion in print.

Microbiologist Lynn Margulis, whose theories about evolution brought about new understanding of cellular development.

George Whitman, owner of the world famous Shakespeare and co.

bookshop in Paris.

And Jerry Robinson, the comic strip artist who created the character of Batman's faithful sidekick Robin and his arch villain The Joker.

John Wilson on Christopher Hitchens, Lynn Margulis, George Whitman and Jerry Robinson.

With John Wilson. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme. With John Wilson.

304Vaclav Havel, Kim Jong-il, Chris Athey, Cesaria Evora And Russell Hoban2011122320111225

Matthew Bannister on

The mysterious life of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. We hear from the former British Charge D'Affaires in Pyongyang and the film actress who says she was kidnapped by "The Dear Leader".

Also Chris Athey - the educational psychologist who championed the Teletubbies

Russell Hoban, author of both children's and adult fiction, including his vision of a post apocalyptic world "Riddley Walker"

Cesaria Evora - the singer from Cape Verde known as the Barefoot Diva

and the Czech playwright and President Vaclav Havel remembered by his friend Ivan Klima and Sir John Tusa.

Matthew Bannister on Kim Jong-il, Chris Athey, Russell Hoban, Cesaria Evora, Vaclav Havel.

Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme.

With Matthew Bannister.

Presented by Matthew Bannister. Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's obituary programme. With Matthew Bannister.

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Eve Arnold, Ronald Searle, Sir Michael Dummett and Bob Anderson

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Davy Jones - the child actor from Manchester who became a Monkee in California. Last Word hears from his bandmate Peter Tork.

Jean Pateman who led the campaign to save Highgate Cemetery from closure in the 70s, remained the guardian of the place for 30 years and became the basis of a character in a bestselling novel by Audrey Niffenegger

Steve Kordek, the man who, in the 1940s, revolutionised the game of pinball by adding the electric flippers.

And childbirth guru Betty Parsons whose clients included the Queen and Princess Diana.

John Wilson on Davy Jones, Jean Pateman, Steve Kordek and Betty Parsons.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by John Wilson

314Norman St John Stevas - Buck Compton - Leonard Rosoman - Robert Sherman2012030920120311

John Wilson on the politician Norman St John Stevas, D-Day hero Buck Compton, war artist Leonard Rosoman and Disney film songwriter Robert Sherman.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by John Wilson.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

315Sherwood Rowland - Lawrence Anthony - James Q Wilson - Jack Chippendale - Joe Thompson - Philip Madoc2012031620120318

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on:

His holiness Pope Shenouda the third, leader of the Coptic church who had to defend his flock in Egypt from violence and persecution.

His Majesty King George Tupou the fifth - the colourful king of Tonga who trained at Sandhurst and introduced democracy to his island people.

Maurice Andre, the virtuoso French trumpeter.

Iran's first successful female novelist Simin Daneshvar

And Chaleo Yoovidhya - the Thai entrepreneur who made billions from the Red Bull energy drink.

Matthew Bannister on Pope Shenouda III, King George Tupou, Maurice Andre, Simin Daneshvar.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on:

The Tory politician Lord Newton - a respected Minister of Health and Secretary of State for social security. Edwina Currie tells us why she confided in him about her affair with John Major.

The darts player Jocky Wilson - a Scottish hero to the poet Ian Macmillan who pays tribute.

Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, the warlord who became President of Somalia but couldn't stop the country's tribal and religious violence

Jennifer Longford, daughter of Lloyd George's mistress - but was Lloyd George her father?

And banjo player extraordinaire Earl Scruggs - Whispering Bob Harris pays tribute to the bluegrass pioneer..

Matthew Bannister on Lord Newton, Jocky Wilson, Jennifer Longford, Earl Scruggs.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Jane Little tells the life stories of people who have recently died, from the rich and famous to the unsung but significant.

Jane Little tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

321Lord Ashley - Levon Helm - Wendy Grant - Charles Colson - Val May2012042720120429

Matthew Bannister on former Labour MP Lord Ashley, drummer Levon Helm, neuropathologist Wendy Grant, Richard Nixon's special counsel Charles Colson, and theatre director Val May.

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died, from the rich and famous to unsung but significant.

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

322Khalil Dale - Leila Berg - Tomas Borge - Terry Spinks - Rev Ray Davey2012050420120506
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323Vidal Sassoon - Angelica Garnett - Maurice Sendak - Lloyd Brevett2012051120120513
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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

325Robin Gibb - Eric James - Alan Oakley - David Ellis - Eugene Polley2012052520120527

Matthew Bannister on

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who, with his brothers Barry and Maurice, created scores of hit records. We hear about his rivalry with Barry for the lead vocal spot and his obsession with the Titanic.

Also: the left wing Anglican Canon Eric James, a regular on Radio 4's Thought For The Day,

Alan Oakley who invented the Chopper bicycle, much coveted by schoolboys of the seventies,

David Ellis - the dancer and doctor who married into the Ballet Rambert and played a leading role in the company's development.

And Eugene Polley who launched a million couch potatoes by pioneering the TV remote control. Elvis McGonagall pays tribute in verse from his sofa.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

325Robin Gibb, Eric James, Alan Oakley, David Ellis And Eugene Polley2012052520120527

Matthew Bannister on

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who, with his brothers Barry and Maurice, created scores of hit records. We hear about his rivalry with Barry for the lead vocal spot and his obsession with the Titanic.

Also: the left wing Anglican Canon Eric James, a regular on Radio 4's Thought For The Day,

Alan Oakley who invented the Chopper bicycle, much coveted by schoolboys of the seventies,

David Ellis - the dancer and doctor who married into the Ballet Rambert and played a leading role in the company's development.

And Eugene Polley who launched a million couch potatoes by pioneering the TV remote control. Elvis McGonagall pays tribute in verse from his sofa.

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Matthew Bannister on

Leopold De Rothschild the banker who raised millions for musical charities and ran a railway in his garden

Donald "Duck" Dunn - the bass player behind scores of soul hits from the sixties

Elisabeth Tomalin the designer who used art therapy to help the children of Nazis come to terms with their guilt.

Colin McIntyre - the founding editor of the BBC's Ceefax service.

and the clarinettist Alan Hacker who played a key role in the performance of new music.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on Leopold De Rothschild, Donald Dunn, Elisabeth Tomalin, Colin McIntyre

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

327Ray Bradbury - Bob Edwards - Astrid Aghajanian - Herb Reed2012060820120610

Matthew Bannister on

Ray Bradbury - the author of Fahrenheit 451 and countless short stories - who said libraries were his university.

Fleet Street Editor Bob Edwards, who tangled with Lord Beaverbrook at the Express and Robert Maxwell at the Mirror

Astrid Aghajanian - who survived the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire only to be sold into slavery by a bedouin

And Herb Reed - the bass singer who co-founded the 1950s vocal group The Platters

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Matthew Bannister on Ray Bradbury, Bob Edwards, Astrid Aghajanian and Herb Reed.

Matthew Bannister on

Ray Bradbury - the author of Fahrenheit 451 and countless short stories - who said libraries were his university.

Fleet Street Editor Bob Edwards, who tangled with Lord Beaverbrook at the Express and Robert Maxwell at the Mirror

Astrid Aghajanian - who survived the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire only to be sold into slavery by a bedouin

And Herb Reed - the bass singer who co-founded the 1950s vocal group The Platters.

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Craggy film and tv character actor Ernest Borgnine - best known for playing baddies in a host of war and western movies..

The Nobel prize winning political scientist Elinor Ostrom, whose theories influenced policy on the management of common resources

The avant garde film maker and artist Jeff Keen

And the jazz saxophonist Andy Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who worked to improve community relations in the West Midlands.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

333Sir Alastair Burnet - Jon Lord - Yaakov Meidad - Mike Westmacott2012072020120722

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

Matthew Bannister on the ITN newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, who presented News At Ten over nearly twenty five years

Jon Lord - keyboard player with Deep Purple. We have tributes from the band's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and from Rick Wakeman

Yaakov Meidad - a Mossad agent involved in the kidnapping of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann and the murder of the so called Butcher of Riga, Herberts Cukurs.

And Mike Westmacott the mountaineer who played a crucial role in the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

Matthew Bannister on Sir Alastair Burnet, Jon Lord, Yaakov Meidad and Mike Westmacott.

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Matthew Bannister on the ITN newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, who presented News At Ten over nearly twenty five years

Jon Lord - keyboard player with Deep Purple. We have tributes from the band's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and from Rick Wakeman

Yaakov Meidad - a Mossad agent involved in the kidnapping of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann and the murder of the so called Butcher of Riga, Herberts Cukurs.

And Mike Westmacott the mountaineer who played a crucial role in the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

Matthew Bannister on Sir Alastair Burnet, Jon Lord, Yaakov Meidad and Mike Westmacott.

334Sally Ride - Omar Suleiman - Rajesh Khanna - Jane Leighton - Jim Drake2012072720120729

Matthew Bannister on Sally Ride, Omar Suleiman, Rajesh Khanna, Jane Leighton and Jim Drake

Matthew Bannister on

Sally Ride - who overcame sexism to become America's first woman astronaut.

Omar Suleiman - head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service and right hand man to President Mubarak

Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, in his prime beloved by millions of swooning female fans

Jane Leighton, the TV journalist who campaigned for the underdog

And Jim Drake, the engineer who designed the modern windsurfer.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

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Matthew Bannister on Maeve Binchy, Gore Vidal, Ann Atkinson and Geoffrey Hughes.

Matthew Bannister on the Irish novelist Maeve Binchy, who sold forty million books around the world and didn't include sex scenes because she said she didn't have enough first hand experience

The wit, commentator and writer Gore Vidal, admired for his elegant prose and poise, but involved in many a public feud

The poet laureate of the Peak District Ann Atkinson - Barnsley's own Ian McMillan will be here with a tribute

And the actor Geoffrey Hughes, best known for playing lovable rogues like Eddie Yeats in Coronation Street, Twiggy in the Royle Family and Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances. Patricia Routledge - Hyacinth Bucket herself - shares her memories.

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Matthew Bannister on Robert Hughes, Sir Bernard Lovell, Lakshmi Sehgal and Sir John Keegan

Matthew Bannister on

the pugnacious Australian art critic Robert Hughes, who presented the acclaimed TV series Shock of The New.

The astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell who led the building of the enormous radio telescope at Jodrell Bank

Doctor Lakshmi Sehgal, the Indian independence campaigner who raised a regiment of women to fight against the British during the second world war

The military historian and Reith Lecturer Sir John Keegan

And the controversial Austrian artist Franz West who built giant colourful sculptures and invited the public to climb on them.

337Sid Waddell, Helen Gurley Brown, Lord Morris Of Manchester, Dr Aubrey Leatham And Carlo Rambaldi2012081720120819

Matthew Bannister on Sid Waddell, Helen Gurley Brown and Lord Morris of Manchester.

Matthew Bannister on

The Geordie darts commentator Sid Waddell who drew on his classical education when describing the pub sport

Helen Gurley Brown the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine who encouraged women to enjoy sex and celebrate their achievements in the workplace

Lord Morris of Manchester, who as the Labour MP Alf Morris campaigned tirelessly for the rights of disabled people.

Carlo Rambaldi the movie special effects artist who gave life to ET and the monster in Alien.

And Dr Aubrey Leatham, the eccentric cardiologist who introduced heart pacemakers to the UK and once did his ward round on roller skates.

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Matthew Bannister on Nina Bawden, director Tony Scott, Eileen Beasley and Scott McKenzie.

Matthew Bannister on

The writer Nina Bawden, author of Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig and many other acclaimed books for children and adults. Michael Morpurgo pays tribute.

The movie director Tony Scott, best known for action thrillers like Top Gun, Crimson Tide and Man on Fire.

The campaigner Eileen Beasley who refused to pay her rates until the bill was printed in the Welsh language. She was taken to court fourteen times and had her furniture confiscated.

And the singer Scott McKenzie who, in the sixties, urged us all to go to San Francisco with flowers in our hair.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

339Neil Armstrong, Meles Zenawi, Carlo Curley And Phyllis Diller2012083120120902

Matthew Bannister remembers Neil Armstrong, Carlo Curley, Meles Zenawi and Phyllis Diller.

Matthew Bannister on

The first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. We hear the story of that historic voyage plus his classmates at school, his fellow Korean war pilot and the Professor who taught alongside him after he left NASA.

Also: the flamboyant Carlo Curley who made it his mission to bring organ music to the widest possible audience.

Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, once a darling of the West, he lost international support after his violent crackdown on the opposition

And Phyllis Diller, said to be America's first female stand up comedian.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

340Rev Moon, Max Bygraves, Rhodes Boyson, Daire Brehan, Hal David2012090720120909

Matthew Bannister on Rev Sun Myung Moon, Max Bygraves, Sir Rhodes Boyson and Hal David.

Matthew Bannister on

The controversial founder of the Unification Church. The Reverend Sun Myung Moon was a self proclaimed Messiah who faced allegations of brainwashing and embezzlement and was imprisoned for tax evasion.

The singer and comedian Max Bygraves. His son recalls his rise from poverty to stardom.

The Conservative MP Sir Rhodes Boyson - a former head teacher who was outspoken on education policy.

Daire Brehan - the radio presenter best known for her work on Radio 4's Afternoon Shift

And the lyricist Hal David who penned many a classic with Burt Bacharach.

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Matthew Bannister on

The rags to riches story of the tabloid editor and broadcaster Derek Jameson.

The killing career of the Colombian drug baron Griselda Blanco - known as the Cocaine Godmother and The Black Widow

The gay rights pioneer Allan Horsfall, founder of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality

And the naturalist Terry Nutkins - who, as a teenager, went to live in a remote part of Scotland with Gavin Maxwell - and had two of his fingers bitten off by an otter.

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Matthew Bannister on:

Professor Sid Watkins, the neurosurgeon who transformed safety in Formua One Motor Racing. We hear from Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Jackie Stewart and Murray Walker.

Bill Moggridge who designed the first lap top computer

Stanley Long - the British film director whose low budget X certificate film "Adventures of a Taxi Driver" made more money in the UK in 1976 than Scorsese's "Taxi Driver".

George Hurst, the conductor who transformed the fortunes of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and inspired generations of British conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle who pays tribute.

And Ken McManus, leader of the Mohawks - one of Britian's last great circus horse riding acts.

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Matthew Bannister on

Andy Williams - the crooner who sold millions of records. His friend Sir Michael Parkinson pays tribute.

East End gangster Charlie Richardson who was convicted in the so-called "torture trial" and ended up on the same prison landing as his great rivals the Kray twins.

Gertrude Hughes, the Methodist missionary who set up a polio hospital in China and an orphanage in India,

The actor Herbert Lom, best known as Inspector Clouseau's increasingly lunatic boss in the Pink Panther films

And the feminist writer and novelist Eva Figes.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by Matthew Bannister.

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Matthew Bannister on

Dr Verghese Kurien. Known as "India's Milkman", he transformed milk production in India by setting up co-operatives of small farmers.

Helen Nicoll - the children's author best known for her Meg and Mog stories. Her illustrator Jan Pienkowski pays tribute.

Bobby Hogg - the last surviving speaker of the Cromarty dialect which was used in parts of the Black Isle near Inverness.

The French writer Tereska Torres whose novel about wartime romances caused controversy with its depiction of lesbian affairs

And session guitarist "Big Jim" Sullivan who played on an amazing 55 number one songs.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

345Verghese Kurien, Helen Nicoll, Bobby Hogg, Tereska Torres, 'big Jim' Sullivan2012101220121014

Matthew Bannister on

Dr Verghese Kurien. Known as "India's Milkman", he transformed milk production in India by setting up co-operatives of small farmers.

Helen Nicoll - the children's author best known for her Meg and Mog stories. Her illustrator Jan Pienkowski pays tribute.

Bobby Hogg - the last surviving speaker of the Cromarty dialect which was used in parts of the Black Isle near Inverness.

The French writer Tereska Torres whose novel about wartime romances caused controversy with its depiction of lesbian affairs

And session guitarist "Big Jim" Sullivan who played on an amazing 55 number one songs.

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John Wilson on George McGovern, Fiorenzo Magni, Paul Kurtz, Mike Morris and Roy Bates.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. Presented by John Wilson

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350Sir Rex Hunt - Valerie Eliot - Duke Vin - Susan Jeffers - Joe Melia2012111620121118

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Rex Hunt who was the Governor of the Falkland Islands when the Argentinians invaded. We have eyewitness accounts from Major Mike Norman who commanded the marines and Patrick Watts of the island's radio station.

Also Valerie Eliot who married the poet TS Eliot when he was 68 and she was 30. After his death, she became the gatekeeper of his literary legacy.

Duke Vin who introduced the first Jamaican style sound system to the UK after stowing away on the Empire Windrush.

The psychologist Susan Jeffers, who wrote the best selling book "Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway"

And the actor Joe Melia - playwright Peter Nichols pays tribute.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

350Sir Rex Hunt, Valerie Eliot, Duke Vin, Susan Jeffers, Joe Melia2012111620121118

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Rex Hunt who was the Governor of the Falkland Islands when the Argentinians invaded. We have eyewitness accounts from Major Mike Norman who commanded the marines and Patrick Watts of the island's radio station.

Also Valerie Eliot who married the poet TS Eliot when he was 68 and she was 30. After his death, she became the gatekeeper of his literary legacy.

Duke Vin who introduced the first Jamaican style sound system to the UK after stowing away on the Empire Windrush.

The psychologist Susan Jeffers, who wrote the best selling book "Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway"

And the actor Joe Melia - playwright Peter Nichols pays tribute.

351William Turnbull - Albano Harguindeguy - Martin Fay - Kenneth Cragg - Sir Philip Ledger2012112320121125

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on:

The sculptor and painter William Turnbull. He was friends with Giacometti, Paolozzi and Rothko but always went his own way.

The Argentine General Albano Harguindeguy. As Interior Minister in the country's military regime, he was known as the brains behind the government's "dirty war".

Martin Fay, who was the original fiddle player with the Irish traditional band the Chieftains,

Bishop Kenneth Cragg, who devoted his life to the study of relations between Islam and Christianity

And Derek Hutchinson - the first and only man to kayak across the North Sea.

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Matthew Bannister on:

The sculptor and painter William Turnbull. He was friends with Giacometti, Paolozzi and Rothko but always went his own way.

The Argentine General Albano Harguindeguy. As Interior Minister in the country's military regime, he was known as the brains behind the government's "dirty war".

Martin Fay, who was the original fiddle player with the Irish traditional band the Chieftains,

Bishop Kenneth Cragg, who devoted his life to the study of relations between Islam and Christianity

And Derek Hutchinson - the first and only man to kayak across the North Sea.

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355An American General, A Legendary Radio Producer, A Former Times Editor, A British Composer, A Cricket Commentator2013010420130106

356A Nobel-winning Scientist, A French Mountaineer, A Sociologist, A Former Bbc Dg And The Voice Of Listen With Mother2013011120130113

357A Broadcaster, Montreux Jazz Festival Founder, Medical Missionary, Nobel-winning Economist And Nun-turned-sex-columnist2013011820130120

Matthew Bannister on:

The TV journalist Robert Kee who presented Panorama and This Week and was one of the Famous Five who launched TV AM. Anna Ford and Sir Jeremy Isaacs pay tribute.

Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who was immortalised as "Funky Claude" in the Deep Purple song "Smoke on The Water". The band's lead singer Ian Gillan will explain why.

George Patterson, the missionary who fell in love with Tibet and reported on the Chinese invasion of the country.

Professor James Buchanan, the economist who won the Nobel prize for his work on the public choice theory which suggests that politicians are motivated by self interest rather than the public good.

And Midge Turk Richardson the former nun who became editor of Seventeen Magazine - and wrote its sex advice column.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

358A Human Rights Activist, A Film Director, An Agony Aunt, A Laser Pioneer And A Culinary Star2013012520130127

Matthew Bannister on

The Irish trade unionist and women's rights campaigner Inez McCormick

The film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner,

The agony aunt Pauline Phillips - who under the pen name "Dear Abby" offered advice to millions of Americans

Dr Tingye Li - the electrical engineer who helped to develop the laser - paving the way for modern fibre-optic communication

And the cookery writer Katie Stewart whose column in the Times inspired a generation.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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361A Table Tennis Champion, A Zoo Vet, A Make-up Artist, A Radio Presenter And A Trombonist2013021520130217

Matthew Bannister on the table tennis champion Zhouang Zedong - who played a key role in the ping pong diplomacy between China and the USA.

Also the zoo vet David Taylor who treated killer whales, elephants and other wild animals and inspired the TV series One By One.

The make up artist Stuart Freeborn who brought us the apes at the start of 2001 A Space Odyssey and modelled Yoda's face in Star Wars on his own.

Patricia Hughes - the radio presenter with a warm voice and perfect diction who became associated with Radio 3.

And Paul Tanner - trombonist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra - who played the electro theremin on the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations.

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368Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Henri Krug - Mabel Cooper - Moses Blah.2013040520130407

A screenwriter, a champagne maker, a learning disabilities campaigner, a president, a Welsh poet and a music producer.
Matthew Bannister on novelist and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, champagne maker Henri Krug, learning disabilities campaigner Mabel Cooper, and Liberian president Moses Blah.

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370A Conductor, A Hillsborough Campaigner, An Album Cover Designer, An Immunologist And An Ethnomusicologist2013041920130421

Matthew Bannister on

The conductor Sir Colin Davis - acclaimed interpreter of Mozart and Berlioz

Anne Williams - whose 15 year old son Kevin died in the Hillsborough tragedy. She was a prominent campaigner on behalf of victims.

The album cover designer Storm Thorgerson, best known for his work with Pink Floyd.

The immunologist Brigitte Askonas whose work led to the development of many new vaccines

And Olive Lewin the musicologist who devoted her life to re-vitalising the folk music traditions of Jamaica.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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378A Novelist, A Racehorse Trainer, A Swimmer And Film Star, A Key Figure In The Warsaw Pact And 'the Fastest Granny On Water'2013061420130616

Matthew Bannister on Iain Banks, Sir Henry Cecil, Esther Williams, the Countess of Arran.

Matthew Bannister on

The Scottish novelist Iain Banks - author of The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road - who also wrote science fiction

Sir Henry Cecil - one of the most successful flat racing trainers of recent times. Willie Carson pays tribute.

Hollywood's swimming superstar Esther Williams,

Marshall Viktor Kulikov - one of the last of the Soviet military commanders. He played a key role in the crisis that led to martial law being imposed in Poland.

And the Countess of Arran - a powerboat racer known as the fastest woman on water. She reached 103 miles per hour in a rocket-like boat on Lake Windermere in 1980.

379An Actor, A Youth Worker, A Ballet Dancer, A Poet And A Local Radio Presenter2013062120130623

Matthew Bannister on

The American actor James Gandolfini - best known for playing the mafia boss Tony Soprano.

The youth worker Elizabeth Braund who transformed the lives of thousands of inner city children by inviting them to her working Dartmoor farm.

The former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet David Wall - Deborah Bull pays tribute.

The poet Oliver Bernard, last survivor of the Bohemian days of Soho.

And Mark Turnbull - the blind presenter on BBC Tees, loved by his listeners but not always by his local managers, he became the President of the National Union of Journalists.

380An Archaeologist, A Psychoanalyst, A Former Lord Advocate, A Writer And An Aboriginal Singer2013062820130630

Matthew Bannister on Mick Aston, Betty Joseph, Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Michael Baigent.

Professor Mick Aston, the archaeologist best known for his work on the TV programme Time Team. His colleagues Sir Tony Robinson and Phil Harding pay tribute.

Betty Joseph, the psychoanalyst who analysed the process of psychoanalysis.

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, the Scottish Conservative politician, who as Lord Advocate presided over the investigation of the Lockerbie bombings.

Michael Baigent, the co-writer of a book called Holy Blood Holy Grail which suggested that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and had a child by her.

And the aboriginal singer Mr Yunupingu who brought indigenous music to a world wide audience.

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387A Holocaust Activist, A Hollywood Actress, A Jazz Keyboardist, A Stuntman And A Tugboat Hero2013081620130818
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Aasmah Mir recalls Betty Maxwell, Mark Sutton, Karen Black, Kenneth Dancy and George Duke.

Aasmah Mir on

Betty Maxwell, the widow of the late publisher Robert Maxwell

The stuntman who parachuted in to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, Mark Sutton

Karen Black, star of Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider and Airport 75

Kenneth Dancy, the tugboat hero who attempted to save the stricken freighter Flying Enterprise in 1952

And innovative and flamboyant jazz keyboardist George Duke.

388A Writer, A Lawyer, A Motor Racing Team Owner, An Actress And An Entrepreneur2013082320130825

Aasmah Mir on

Crime writer Elmore Leonard, whose pulp fiction inspired films like Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Jackie Brown.

Rosalia Mera, co-founder of the Zara clothing chain and the richest self-made woman in the world.

Controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergès, who famously defended Carlos the Jackal and Klaus Barbie.

John Coombs - the last of the gentlemen racecar owners and the man who nurtured future champions like Sir Jackie Stewart.

And actor Margaret Pellegrini who played a Munchkin in Wizard Of Oz.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Aasmah Mir on Elmore Leonard, Rosalia Mera, Jacques Verges, John Coombs.

389An Irish Poet, A Woman Stockbroker, A Roma King And A Welsh Rugby Player2013083020130901

Matthew Bannister on:

Seamus Heaney - the Nobel prize winning poet who combined critical acclaim with popularity

Muriel Siebert - the first woman to buy a seat on the New York stock exchange

Florin Cioaba - the Romanian who was self-proclaimed king of the Roma people

And Cliff Morgan - the Welsh rugby international turned commentator and broadcaster.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

394A Thriller Writer, A Musician, The Kabbalah Centre Founder And A Hammer Horror Producer2013100420131006

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on Tom Clancy, Lindsay Cooper, Rabbi Philip Berg and Anthony Hinds.

Matthew Bannister on

Tom Clancy, whose best selling thrillers spawned many blockbuster movies. He was endorsed by President Ronald Reagan.

Lindsay Cooper, the avant garde woodwind player and composer. She was the bassoonist in the band Henry Cow.

Rabbi Philip Berg who founded the Kabbalah Centre which attracted celebrity followers like Madonna and Demi Moore, but was criticised for commercialising Jewish mysticism.

And Anthony Hinds the producer of Hammer Horror classics like "The Quatermass Experiment" and "The Curse of the Werewolf".

395Maria De Villota, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Dr Ruth Patrick, Kathleen Watkins, Phil Chevron2013101120131013

Matthew Bannister on Maria de Villota, General Vo Nguyen Giap, Dr Ruth Patrick.

Matthew Bannister on the Formula One test driver Maria de Villota. She suffered terrible head and facial injuries in a crash last year. She had been cleared to drive again but has now died aged 33.

Also: the Vietnamese General Vo Ngyen Giap. He was a national hero after leading the defeat of the French colonial power and playing a significant role in the war against the Americans.

Dr Ruth Patrick - the natural scientist who devoted her life to studying the health of the world's rivers. She was still working at the age of 100.

And Kathleen Watkins the formidable curator of the Penwith Gallery in St Ives, which was established by the town's modernist artists.

Matthew Bannister remembers Maria de Villota, General Vo Nguyen Giap and Dr Ruth Patrick.

396A Buddhist Leader, A Cookery Writer, A Motown Stylist, An Australian Criminal And A Whisky Distiller2013101820131020

Aasmah Mir on Choje Akong Rinpoche, Marcella Hazan, Maxine Powell and Mark 'Chopper' Read.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Aasmah Mir on Tibetan Buddhist Choje Akong Rinpoche who founded the first monastery in the West.

Also: cookery writer and teacher Marcella Hazan who introduced authentic Italian cooking to Americans in the 1970s and 1980s.

The woman who taught early Motown artists how to walk and what to wear - Maxine Powell

Mark 'Chopper' Read - the Australian criminal and author whose autobiography was turned in to a hit film in 2000

And the best-trained 'nose' in Britain - Charles Craig, successful distiller of Scotch whisky

Producer: Neil George.

397A Sculptor, A Comedian, A Social Worker And Yugoslavia's First Lady2013102520131027

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister recalls Sir Anthony Caro, Jovanka Broz, Felix Dexter and Olive Stevenson

Matthew Bannister on

The sculptor Sir Anthony Caro - best known for his large and colourful abstract works placed directly on the ground.

Also Jovanka Broz - the second world war partisan fighter who married the Yugoslavian dictator Marshall Tito - but was reduced to poverty after his death.

Felix Dexter - the black comedian who made his name on the TV show The Real McCoy - and often satirised racial stereotyopes.

And Professor Olive Stevenson - the leading social work academic who devoted herself to improving the safety of vulnerable chidren and adults.

398A Film Director, A Property Developer, A Radio Operator, An Actor And A Rock Legend2013110120131103

Matthew Bannister on Antonia Bird, Paul Reichmann, Robert Ford, Nigel Davenport, Lou Reed.

Matthew Bannister on

The film director Antonia Bird. Her movies tackled controversial issues like homelessness, sexual abuse and the harsh realities of working class life. We have tributes from Maxine Peake and Linus Roache.

Also Paul Reichmann - the property developer who built Canary Wharf against all the odds.

Robert Ford, the British radio operator captured by the Chinese during their invasion of Tibet.

Nigel Davenport, the versatile actor who appeared in the films A Man For All Seasons and Chariots of Fire and the TV series Howard's Way.

And Lou Reed, whose songs about the darker side of American life influenced a generation of rock bands.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

399A Bbc Political Editor, A Naturalist, A Landscape Architect, A Sultan And A Union Leader2013110820131110

John Cole, John Cloudsley-Thompson, Georgina Livingston, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and more

Matthew Bannister on the BBC Political Editor John Cole who covered the turbulent politics of the 1980s - and was satirised by Spitting Image.

Also Professor John Cloudsley-Thompson - once called the "Titan of the Sahara" - he was a leading expert on the wildlife of the world's deserts.

Georgina Livingston, the landscape architect who designed a competition-winning scheme for Stonehenge

Roy Grantham, the moderate trade union leader who struggled to resolve the bitter 1970s dispute at the Grunwick photo processing plant

And the Sultan of Sulu - who late in life launched an abortive bid to annexe part of North Borneo.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

400A British Composer, A Northern Irish Mp, A Romanian Architect, A German Mayor And A British Supercentenarian2013111520131117

Matthew Bannister on the prolific composer Sir John Tavener, who wrote a seven hour epic called The Veil, and music performed at Princess Diana's funeral.

Eddie McGrady - the respected SDLP MP for South Down in Northern Ireland who worked tirelessly for peace and helped to negotiate the Good Friday agreement.

Anca Petrescu - the architect who built an enormous palace for the Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu - it's the world's second largest building.

And Manfred Rommel, son of the German General Erwin Rommel and Mayor of Stuttgart for many years. We have a tribute from Viscount Montgomery who became his friend.

Plus Grace Jones, who has died aged 113 years old.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

Sir John Tavener, Manfred Rommel, Anca Petrescu, Eddie McGrady and Grace Jones.

Matthew Bannister on the prolific composer Sir John Taverner, who wrote a seven hour epic called The Veil, and music performed at Princess Diana's funeral.

Anca Petrescu - the architect who built an enormous palace for the Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu - it's the world's second largets building.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

401Frederick Sanger, Doris Lessing, Ray Gosling, Jock Kane And Austin John Marshall2013112220131124

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Frederick Sanger, the only Briton - and one of only four people in the world - to win the Nobel Prize twice. His work underpinned the Human Genome Project.

Also another Nobel prize winner - the prolific novellist Doris Lessing. We have tributes from Brian Aldiss and Faye Weldon.

The broadcaster and gay rights campaigner Ray Gosling who made quirky and distinctive programmes for BBC Radio.

Jock Kane, who blew the whistle on security breaches at GCHQ.

And the record producer Austin John Marshall, best known for his work with his wife, the folk singer Shirley Collins. She pays tribute.

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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406Elizabeth Jane Howard, John Fortune, Vera Houghton, Sir Christopher Curwen, Harold Camping2014010320140105

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

407Simon Hoggart, Prof Janet Rowley, Saul Zaentz, Terry Biddlecombe, Phil Everly2014011020140112

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

408Roger Lloyd Pack, Prof Julian B Rotter, Hiroo Onoda, Rae Woodland, Ariel Sharon2014011720140119

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series with Matthew Bannister, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

409Lord Mcalpine, Jocelyn Hay, Amiri Baraka, Sir Christopher Chataway, Claudio Abbado2014012420140126

Matthew Bannister on

Lord McAlpine, the colourful bon viveur who raised millions for the Conservative Party.

Jocelyn Hay, who founded the pressure group Voice of the Listener and Viewer to campaign for high quality public service broadcasting.

Amiri Baraka, the African American poet who was influenced by jazz and blues.

Sir Christopher Chataway, the successful long distance runner who became a government minister.

And the conductor Claudio Abbado, who led some of the world's greatest orchestras.

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

Matthew Bannister on a Tory fundraiser, a broadcasting campaigner, a poet and a runner.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

410Pete Seeger, Kathryn Findlay, Sir Robert Scholey, Sir Run Run Shaw2014013120140202

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

413Sir Tom Finney Cbe, Sid Caesar, Ian Mcnaught-davis, Els Borst, Louise Brough2014022120140223

Matthew Bannister on a footballer, a comedian, a climber, a politician and a tennis player

Matthew Bannister on

The footballer Sir Tom Finney, who played loyally for Preston and England. His friend Jimmy Armfield pays tribute.

The comedian Sid Caesar who dominated American entertainment TV in the 1950s

The climber and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis, who took part in the live TV coverage of the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy - and went on to explain computers to BBC viewers. Sir Chris Bonington shares his memories.

Els Borst, the Netherlands' first medically qualified Minister of Health, who brought in a new law on euthanasia.

And the tennis player Louise Brough - who won many Grand Slams, including, in 1950, the Wimbledon singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles all in the same year.

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Aasmah Mir on

The primatologist Alison Jolly who documented the social life of the ring-tailed lemur.

Alice Herz-Sommer - concert pianist and oldest known survivor of the Holocaust. The film-maker Christopher Nupen, who was her neighbour and friend, pays tribute.

Valeri Kubasov - one of the cosmonauts on the historic space mission of 1975 which saw the Russian Soyuz 19 link up with the American Apollo module. One of the US crew, astronaut Vance Brand, describes their first meeting.

Also: Canadian-born short-story writer Mavis Gallant. A former editor at Granta recalls a formidable woman whose observations of life were wonderfully unforgiving.

And professor of film and media history Ian Christie on the director and actor Harold Ramis - best known for films like 'Ghostbusters', 'Caddyshack' and Groundhog Day'.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

415Paco De Lucia, Frank Rushbrook, Rose Finn-kelcey, Logan Scott-bowden, Alain Resnais2014030720140309

Aasmah Mir on

The guitarist Paco de Lucia who became the leading proponent of the 'New Flamenco' style.

Fire safety expert Dr Frank Rushbrook who pioneered fire training for sailors and helped to establish degree courses in fire safety.

Rose Finn-Kelcey, inventive artist whose works and installations combined social commentary with playful humour.

Logan Scott-Bowden, part of a secret team whose risky night-time mission it was to check whether the beaches of Normandy were suitable for the D-Day landings.

And the French director Alain Resnais who used innovative editing techniques to create depth and mystery in his films.

Obituary series with Aasmah Mir, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

416Tony Benn, James Ellis, Peter Rona, Marion Thorpe, Bob Crow2014031420140316

On Last Word with Julian Worricker:

Two prominent figures of the political left, Tony Benn and Bob Crow. Ruth Winstone, who edited Tony Benn's diaries for publication, pays tribute to the former Cabinet minister and Labour MP. And you'll hear from a close colleague of the general secretary of the RMT union and from a man who was critical of him in print but who says privately you couldn't meet a nicer and more sincere bloke.

The actor, James Ellis, who portrayed Bert Lynch in 'Z Cars' for sixteen years. Sir Kenneth Branagh recalls how James helped launch his career.

The oceanographer, Doctor Peter Rona, who helped to pioneer the scientific exploration of the deep-sea floor.

And the pianist, Marion Thorpe, who co-founded the Leeds International Piano Competition.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series with Matthew Bannister, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series with Matthew Bannister, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

421Gabriel Garcã­a Mã¡rquez, Edna Dorã©, Richard Hoggart, Gerardo D'ambrosio, John Shirley-quirk2014041820140420

Julian Worricker on

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel prize-winning Colombian author, best known for 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'.

The television, stage and film actress, Edna Doré, who played Mo Butcher in 'Eastenders'.

Richard Hoggart, writer and cultural commentator, whose book 'The Uses of Literacy' was regarded as hugely influential in the immediate post-war era.

Gerardo D'Ambrosio, the magistrate, who led investigations into terror attacks, financial malpractice and systematic corruption in his native Italy.

John Shirley-Quirk, the bass-baritone singer whose talents proved an inspiration to Benjamin Britten.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

422Mark Shand, Mrs Pilkington Garimara, Derek Cooper, Wally Olins, Julian Wilson2014042520140427

Matthew Bannister on

The playboy and conservationist Mark Shand who devoted his life to saving the Asian elephant.

The aboriginal author Mrs Pilkington Garimara, whose book "Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence" highlighted the experiences of Australia's 'stolen generation'.

The Radio 4 presenter Derek Cooper, who founded The Food Programme.

Wally Olins who pioneered the business of brand consultancy in the UK, advising companies like Bovis and British Telecom. Sir Martin Sorrell pays tribute.

And the BBC's former racing correspondent Julian Wilson.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

424Sir George Christie, Leslie Thomas, Elena Baltacha, Sir William Benyon And Deborah Rogers2014050920140511

Matthew Bannister on

Sir George Christie, who ran the Glyndebourne opera at his family home in Sussex - and oversaw the rebuilding of the theatre.

Leslie Thomas, the Barnado's boy who drew on his experience of National Service to write The Virgin Soldiers. Frederick Forsyth and Sir Tim Rice pay tribute.

Deborah Rogers, agent to many leading writers. Ian McEwan and Dame Gail Rebuck remember her.

Sir William Benyon, the Conservative MP who championed Milton Kenyes and re-built the family's estate.

And Elena Baltacha, Britain's former number one tennis player, who died of liver cancer aged thirty.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

426Jack Brabham, Louise Wilson, Dick Douglas, Harry Stopes-roe, Mary Stewart2014052320140525

Matthew Bannister on a racing driver, a fashion professor, an MP, a humanist, a novelist.

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Jack Brabham, the Australian Formula One driver who built and raced his own car.

Louise Wilson, Professor of Fashion at Central Saint Martins School of Art, who launched the careers of many leading designers.

Dick Douglas, the abrasive Glasgow-born Labour MP, who defected to the Scottish Nationalists.

Harry Stopes-Roe, a philosopher and leading humanist whose mother was the controversial birth control pioneer Marie Stopes.

And the best-selling novelist Mary Stewart, who invented the romantic suspense genre of fiction.

427Maya Angelou, Malcolm Glazer, Tessa Watts, General Jaruzelski, Herb Jeffries2014053020140601

Matthew Bannister on

the writer, actress and activist Maya Angelou who rose above a childhood of abuse and oppression to become one of America's leading literary figures.

Malcolm Glazer, the American businessman who controversially took over Manchester United.

Tessa Watts, the music business executive who produced many leading pop videos. Boy George pays tribute.

General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Polish Prime Minister who imposed martial law in 1981, but subsequently presided over the end of Communist rule in the country.

And the singer and actor Herb Jeffries who appeared in movies as an African American but later claimed he was white.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

428Lady Mary Soames, Gordon Willis, Clyde Snow, Count Suckle2014060620140608

Matthew Bannister on

Lady Mary Soames, the daughter of Winston Churchill. She witnessed some of the key political moments of the second world war, wrote an acclaimed biography of her mother and chaired the National Theatre. Her own daughter Emma Soames and Sir Richard Eyre pay tribute.

Also:

Gordon Willis, the cinematographer on classic films like The Godfather, Annie Hall and Klute.

Clyde Snow, the forensic anthropologist who exhumed the mass graves of the "disappeared" in Argentina.

And Count Suckle the Jamaican born sound system pioneer who influenced a generation of British blues and soul musicians.

Presenter: Matthew Bannister

Producer: Steven Williams.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

430Gerry Goffin, Freydis Sharland, Alexander Shulgin, Francis Matthews2014062020140622

Matthew Bannister on

The lyricist Gerry Goffin - who, with his wife Carole King, wrote some of the biggest hits of the sixties and seventies. They include Will You Love Me Tomorrow, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman and Up On The Roof.

Also: the pioneering woman pilot Freydis Sharland, who delivered aircraft during the war and once flew a Tempest from the UK to Pakistan.

Alexander Shulgin - the American chemist known as the Godfather of psychedelic drugs.

And the actor Francis Matthews best known for playing the suave spy Paul Temple on TV - and providing the voice of the puppet Captain Scarlet.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

433Alfredo Di Stefano, Eduard Shevardnadze, Ultra Violet, Chester Nez And Horace Silver2014071120140713

Matthew Bannister on a footballer, a Georgian politician, an artist and a code talker.

Matthew Bannister on

The Argentinian-born footballer Alfredo Di Stefano. Some say he was the greatest player of all time, leading Real Madrid to successive European Cup victories and scoring an amazing 800 goals.

The former Soviet Foreign Secretary and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze. He was the leading ally of Mikhail Gorbachev in liberalising Russia's relations with the West.

Also the artist Ultra Violet - one of Andy Warhol's Factory superstars.

Chester Nez, one of the Navajo Indians used by the American military to create an unbreakable wartime code.

Horace Silver, the influential jazz pianist, composer and bandleader. Julian Joseph pays tribute at the piano.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

435James Garner, Joep Lange, Alan Alan, Philip Wayre, Dora Bryan2014072520140727

Julian Worricker on an actor, a physician, a naturalist, an actress and an escapologist

On Last Word this week:

James Garner, the film and television actor who starred in Maverick and the Rockford Files - The Dutch physician, Joep Lange, who's regarded as one of the world's top clinical AIDS researchers - Alan Alan, an escapologist described as Britain's answer to Houdini - Philip Wayre, a naturalist who's credited with saving the otter from extinction in England - And the Bafta award winning actress, Dora Bryan, whose career embraced the stage, screen and television.

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Matthew Bannister on an architect, a modelling agent, an editor, an actress, a puppeteer

Matthew Bannister on

The architect Sir Richard MacCormac, who gave a human face to modernism and fell out with the BBC over the creation of its new London headquarters.

Eileen Ford, who set up the Ford Modelling Agency, managing stars like Lauren Hutton, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson.

Nigel Ryan, editor during the glory days of ITN in the 60s and 70s, who also promoted the careers of women journalists.

The actress Zohra Seghal, known as "the grand old lady of Indian cinema."

And Frank Mumford who toured Europe with a show featuring his own handmade glamorous puppets.

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Matthew Bannister on

The journalist and author Chapman Pincher who specialised in revealing inside information about the British secret services.

Karl Albrecht the reclusive German businessman who, with his brother, founded the cut price supermarket chain Aldi and became a multi billionaire.

Mike Smith the Radio 1 breakfast show presenter who went on to a successful career on TV.

Lettice Curtis the fearless woman pilot who played a key role in the wartime Air Transport Auxiliary.

And the actor and director Kenny Ireland, known to TV viewers for playing a swinger in the comedy series Benidorm, but also a former artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series with Andrea Catherwood, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Remembering a former Taoiseach, a BBC vetter, a painter, a broadcaster and a soprano.

Matthew Bannister on

The former Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds, who advanced the peace process in Northern Ireland, signing the Downing Street Declaration of 1993.

Brigadier Ronnie Stonham, who was the link between the BBC and the intelligence services and wound down the practice of vetting Corporation staff.

Norman Cornish, the Northumberland miner who became an artist.

The broadcaster Gerry Anderson - loved by his radio audience in Northern Ireland, but not by all listeners to Radio 4.

And the Italian American soprano Licia Albanese, known for her interpretations of Puccini and Verdi.

440Richard Attenborough, Helen Bamber, Bks Iyengar, Sam Galbraith, Bill Kerr2014082920140831

Matthew Bannister on

The film director and actor Lord Attenborough. After a week of tributes, we bring you a highly personal interview in which he talks movingly about his family - and we cast light on his role in the development of London's Capital Radio.

Also: human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who was inspired to devote her life to helping victims of torture by her experiences of working at the Belsen concentration camp after the war.

The yoga guru BKS Iyengar who inspired millions of devotees around the world.

And the neurosurgeon Sam Galbraith, who survived a lung transplant and became a Labour MP and MSP.

Matthew Bannister on a director, a human rights campaigner, a yoga guru and a Labour MSP.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

444The Dowager Duchess Of Devonshire, Oleg Ivanovsky, Jim Petrie, Dame Julia Polak And Bob Crewe2014092620140928

Julian Worricker on two scientists, an illustrator, a songwriter and a leading aristocrat.

Julian Worricker on

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last of the Mitford Sisters and a woman credited with turning around the financial fortunes of the Chatsworth Estate.

Oleg Ivanovsky, one of the last remaining rocket scientists who witnessed the complete Soviet space programme from within.

The artist and illustrator, Jim Petrie, who brought us the comic-strip adventures of Minnie the Minx in the Beano.

The scientist, Dame Julia Polak, who - after a heart and lung transplant - embarked on a second career developing laboratory organs.

And the songwriter, Bob Crewe, who composed some of the Four Seasons' biggest hits.

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Matthew Bannister on

the conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood, who founded the Academy of Ancient Music to give authentic performances of baroque and classical works.

Major General Yitzhak Hofi. As head of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, he presided over the rescue of hostages at Entebbe airport, the destruction of an Iraqi nuclear reactor and the hit squads who killed Black September militants.

The broadcaster Sheila Tracy who championed big band music on Radio 2 - and created a cult "Truckers Hour".

Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw, the mathematician who played a leading role in building up educational institutions in her native Manchester

And the singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul.

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Matthew Bannister on

Andrew Kerr who co-founded the Glastonbury music festival. Thomas Crimble of Hawkwind recalls playing at the first one in 1971.

Haiti's fallen dictator Jean Claude Duvalier. He was nicknamed "Baby Doc" because he took over from his father "Papa Doc" as president for life at the age of nineteen.

Dorothy Tyler, the British high jumper who won silver medals at both the Berlin Olympics of 1936 and the London games of 1948.

Professor Karl Miller who co-founded the London Review of Books and promoted the careers of many leading novelists and poets.

And Cosimo Matassa whose New Orleans recording studio created some of the best known early rock n roll records, including Little Richard's Tutti Frutti and Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died. With Matthew Bannister.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on

Warren Anderson who was chairman of the Union Carbide chemical company at the time of the Bhopal disaster, which killed more than 2,200 people and injured thousands more.

Acker Bilk, the jazz clarinettist from Somerset best known for his hit "Stranger On The Shore".

The Labour politician Lord Barnett, who came up with the "Barnett formula" to decide on public spending in the different nations of the UK.

And Sonia Rolt, who worked on the canals during the war and then devoted her life to preserving Britain's industrial heritage.

Matthew Bannister on a company chairman, a musician, a politician and a canal campaigner.

451Vivienne Price; Dr Dick Laws; Warren Clarke; Geoffrey Clarke; Prince David Chavchavadze2014111420141116 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Vivienne Price who founded the National Children's Orchestra, which started the careers of many well known musicians.

Dr. Dick Laws, the zoologist who headed the British Antarctic Survey and alerted the government to the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

The actor Warren Clarke, best known for playing the cantankerous detective Andy Dalziel in Dalziel and Pascoe.

The sculptor Geoffrey Clarke who produced the crown of thorns at Coventry Cathedral and many other religious works.

And Prince David Chavchavadze who was descended from the Russian Imperial family and became a CIA agent during the Cold War.

452Sir Thomas Macpherson, Mike Nichols, Alexander Grothendieck, Paul Vaughan, Leonore Davidoff And Jimmy Ruffin2014112120141123 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Tommy Macpherson who won the Military Cross three times during the war for daring exploits which included bluffing thousands of German troops into surrendering.

The film and stage director Mike Nichols who brought us Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and the Monty Python musical Spamalot.

Alexander Grothendieck - described by Le Monde newspaper as "the greatest mathematician of the 20th century"

Paul Vaughan, the long serving presenter of Radio 4's arts programme Kaleidoscope and the voice of the TV science series Horizon.

And the feminist historian and sociologist Leonore Davidoff.

Matthew Bannister on a war hero, a director, a mathematician, a broadcaster, a historian.

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Matthew Bannister on

Baroness James of Holland Park - the crime novelist P.D. James - who was also a Governor of the BBC.

Then a real life criminal: 'Mad ' Frankie Fraser - an East End gangster noted for his violence who spent a total of 42 years in prison.

Also: TV director Glen A. Larson who brought us Quincy, Magnum PI and Battlestar Galactica.

Medlin Lewis-Spencer, the Mayor of Hackney who defected from Labour to the Conservatives

And the composer Arthur Butterworth who was often inspired by the British landscape.

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Matthew Bannister on

Jeremy Thorpe who was a charismatic leader of the Liberal Party, but fell from grace after facing trial on charges of conspiring to murder a former male model who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with him. Although he was acquitted, Jeremy Thorpe's political career was over.

Also Ian McLagan, the keyboard player with the Small Faces and the Faces. Billy Bragg pays tribute.

Viktor Tikhonov the ruthless coach of the Soviet Ice Hockey Team,

Trevor Pharo - the South Coast sales executive otherwise known as Bingo the Clown,

And the celebrated Lebanese singer Sabah.

455Queen Fabiola, Stella Young, Bernard Stonehouse, Kent Haruf, Ralph Baer2014121220141214 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The Australian disability campaigner and comedian Stella Young. She spoke out against what she called "inspiration porn."

Queen Fabiola of Belgium - the Spanish aristocrat who was picked out as a suitable bride for the King by an Irish nun.

Bernard Stonehouse, the polar scientist who spent three consecutive winters in the Antarctic and studied king penguins on South Georgia.

Kent Haruf whose novels of American life are all set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado.

And Ralph Baer, the electronic engineer who pioneered computer games played through a console plugged into TVs.

456Mandy Rice-davies, Dr Tim Black, Michel Du Cille, Ian Player, Christopher Morris2014121920141221 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Mandy Rice-Davies, the former showgirl who was involved in the Profumo Affair.

Dr Tim Black who built Marie Stopes International into one of the world's largest family planning organisations.

Michel du Cille - the award winning photographer who covered conflicts in Africa and Afghanistan.

Ian Player, the South African conservationist who built up the population of the white rhino

And Christopher Morris, the organist and publisher who launched the book Carols For Choirs.

457In A Special Edition Of Last Word, Matthew Bannister Talks To Obituary Editors From Around The Uk About The Nature Of Their Work2014122620141228 (R4)

Matthew Bannister and a group of obituary editors from around the UK gather to compare notes and discuss why the world of the obituary writer is very often an uplifting one.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

461Lord Brittan, King Abdullah Of Saudi Arabia, Professor John Bayley, Anne Kirkbride2015012320150125 (R4)

Obituary series: Matthew Bannister on a politician, a king, an academic and an actress.

Matthew Bannister on

The former Tory Home Secretary Lord Brittan. As Leon Brittan, he also served as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and as a European Commissioner.

Also: King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. He was the thirteenth of at least forty-five sons of the founder of modern Saudi Arabia and seen as a cautious reformer.

John Bayley, the eccentric Oxford don whose memoir of his life with the novelist Iris Murdoch was made into a film.

And Anne Kirkbride the actress who played Deirdre in Coronation Street for more than forty years.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

462Sir Jack Hayward, Elena Obraztsova, Robert Stone, Jean Stogdon Obe And Demis Roussos2015013020150201 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The businessman Sir Jack Hayward. He made his fortune in the Bahamas, but was obssesed with all things British and bought Wolverhampton Wanderers football club.

The acclaimed Russian mezzo soprano Elena Obraztsova who was a staunch supporter of the Soviet regime.

The novelist Robert Stone who emerged from the counter culture of the 1960s to write novels about the American psyche.

The social worker Jean Stogdon who founded the charity Grandparents Plus.

And the Greek singer Demis Roussos, whose high warbling voice and kaftans made him an unlikely sex symbol.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

466Dan Topolski, Lady Villiers, John Davies, Tim Lusty, Clark Terry2015022720150301 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

467Yasar Kemal, Maureen Guy, Professor Oliver Rackham, Sir Noel Davies, Leonard Nimoy2015030620150308 (R4)

Andrea Catherwood tells the life stories of international author and master of Turkish storytelling Yasar Kemal, Maureen Guy the Welsh opera singer who performed at Prince Charles' investiture, environmental historian Professor Oliver Rackham, Sir Noel Davies, the engineer who built Britain's fleet of Trident nuclear submarines and Leonard Nimoy the actor better know simply as "Spock".

468Sir Terry Pratchett, Florence Arthaud, Patrick Whitefield, Lord Molyneaux, Sam Simon2015031320150315 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The author Sir Terry Pratchett who created the much loved "Discworld" and in later life contracted Alzheimer's disease which he described as 'An Embuggerance'.

Florence Arthaud, who was described as the first great female ocean racing sailor of the modern era.

The ecologist Patrick Whitefield, who promoted the idea of permaculture, helped to found the Green Party and, for a time, lived in a tipi.

The Ulster Unionist leader Lord Molyneaux who held his party together at the time of the Anglo Irish agreement.

And Sam Simon, the comedy writer who co-created the Simpsons.

469Shaw Taylor, Arthur Wyatt, Naty Revuelta Clews, Malcolm Fraser, Andy Fraser2015032020150322 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Shaw Taylor, the pioneering presenter of Police 5 and other TV programmes about true crimes.

Arthur Wyatt, the British diplomat in Iran who helped six Americans to escape the siege of their embassy in 1979.

Naty Revuelta Clews, the Cuban socialite who had a daughter with Fidel Castro.

The Australian Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser who came to power after a constitutional crisis.

And the bass player Andy Fraser, who co-wrote Free's hit "All Right Now".

Matthew Bannister on a broadcaster, a diplomat, a revolutionary, a politician, a musician.

470Lee Kuan Yew, Derek Chinnery, Eugenie Clark, Mal Peet, Jackie Trent2015032720150329 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The autocratic founder of modern Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew who held power for more than thirty years.

Also Radio 1's first full time Controller Derek Chinnery, who hired Mike Read to present the Breakfast Show.

Ichthyologist Eugenie Clark who devoted her life to the study of sharks - and often went swimming with them.

Mal Peet who wrote award winning novels for young adults including 'Keeper' and 'Tamar.'

And Jackie Trent the pop singer who - with her husband Tony Hatch - wrote hits for artists from Frank Sinatra to Val Doonican.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

479Raymond Gosling, Eileen Gray, Sir Duncan Watson, Denys Darlow, Grace Lee Whitney2015052920150531 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a scientist, a cyclist, a blind campaigner, a conductor, an actress.

Matthew Bannister on

Raymond Gosling, who played a crucial role in the discovery of DNA.

Eileen Gray, who fought tirelessly to gain recognition for women's cycling

Sir Duncan Watson, the blind lawyer who campaigned for more blind people to be involved in running the RNIB.

Denys Darlow, the conductor, composer and organist who founded the Tilford Bach festival and the London Handel Festival.

And Grace Lee Whitney the actress who played Captain Kirk's glamorous assistant in the early episodes of Star Trek.

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Andrea Catherwood on Iraqi politician Tariq Aziz, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy; Oscar winning costume designer Julie Harris; flamboyant Australian property developer and entrepreneur Alan Bond and violinist Peter Cropper who founded the Lindsay Quartet.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

484Sir Nicholas Winton, Val Doonican, Nek Chand, James Salter, Lady Rozelle Raynes2015070320150705 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from the advancing Nazis in Czechoslovakia.

Also the Irish singer Val Doonican - known for his cardigans and rocking chair - he was sometimes called Britain's Bing Crosby.

The Indian artist Nek Chand who created the extraordinary Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Jarvis Cocker pays tribute.

The novelist and former fighter pilot James Salter

And Lady Rozelle Raynes, the daughter of an Earl who became a stoker on a tug boat during the war.

Matthew Bannister on a humanitarian, a singer, an artist, a writer and an aristocrat.

485Omar Sharif, Stanley 'steve' Moore, Jules Wright, Yevgeny Primakov, Ernest Tomlinson2015071020150712 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Actor Omar Sharif

Flying squad detective Stanley Moore - always known as Steve, he helped to catch some of the Great Train Robbers.

Theatre Director Jules Wright who co-founded the Women's Playhouse Trust and set up the Wapping Project arts venue.

Former Russian Foreign and Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

And the composer Ernest Tomlinson, best known for his light orchestral works.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

488Nova Pilbeam, Reverend Owen Chadwick, Jon Vickers, Yoichiro Nambu, Nick Ryman2015073120150802 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The Reverend Owen Chadwick, the distinguished ecclesiastical historian who was vice Chancellor of Cambridge University during student protests in the 1970s and chaired an influential commission on Church and State.

Also Jon Vickers the operatic tenor best known for playing muscular roles like Samson, Otello and Peter Grimes.

Yoichiro Nambu, the theoretical physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on sub atomic particles.

Nova Pilbeam, the leading lady in early Hitchcock films who later turned her back on stage and screen.

And Nick Ryman who made his fortune by building up the family stationery firm and then moved to France to become a successful wine maker.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

490David Nobbs, Frances Kelsey, Kyril Zinovieff, Elio Fiorucci, Harry Pitch2015081420150816 (R4)

Reeta Chakrabarti on a writer, a scientist, a spy, a fashion designer, a musician.

Last Word is presented by RC this week. She will be remembering:

The comic writer and novelist David Nobbs - we speak to his friend and fellow writer Jonathan Coe about the man who invented the 1970s anti-hero Reginald Perrin;

Frances Kelsey, the scientist whose concerns about the drug Thalidomide prevented it from being approved in the US;

Kyril Zinovieff, who as a child in Russia saw Rasputin, and as a spy for Britain encountered Hitler;

The Italian fashion designer Elio Fiorucci, who introduced the world to skintight vinyl jeans;

And the musician Harry Pitch, the harmonica player who performed everywhere from jazz clubs to opera houses.

Producer: Neil George

Interviewed guest: Jonathan Coe

Interviewed guest: Adam Bernstein

Interviewed guest: Sofka Zinovieff

Interviewed guest: Sonnet Stanfill

Interviewed guest: Terry Jones.

491Khaled Al-asaad, Jazz Summers, Jack Gold, Manual Contreras And Dawn Wofford2015082120150823 (R4)

Presenter Lucy Ash remembers:

Khaled Al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist beheaded by Islamic State who was famous for his in depth knowledge and love of the ancient city of Palmyra;

Jazz Summers, the maverick music manager who took Wham! to China and had a reputation as a hard man;

Jack Gold, multi-BAFTA winning TV director of the Naked Civil Servant and Goodnight Mr Tom;

Manuel Contreras, the army general who ran Chile's brutal secret police during Pinochet's dictatorship;

And Dawn Wofford, the showjumping champion who won her first competition at the age of three.

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

494Sir Adrian Cadbury, Rico Rodriguez, Ieng Thirith, Margaret Harrison, Judy Carne2015091120150913 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Adrian Cadbury - who was chairman of the family confectionery firm, led its merger with Schweppes and wrote an influential report on corporate governance. He was also an Olympic rower - and Sir Steve Redgrave pays tribute.

Rico Rodriguez the trombonist who helped create ska and reggae and played with the Specials and Jools Holland, who shares his memories.

Ieng Thirith - health minister of the Khmer Rouge and sister in law of Pol Pot. She was indicted for crimes against humanity.

Margaret Harrison who founded the Home Start charity which sends volunteers to help parents who are struggling to cope.

Matthew Bannister on a businessman, a trombonist, a Khmer Rouge leader, a charity founder.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

497Brian Friel, General Mario Menendez, Tessa Ransford, John Guillermin, Ben Cauley2015100220151004 (R4)

Matthew Bannister talks about a playwright, a general, a poet and a director.

Matthew Bannister on

The award winning Irish playwright Brian Friel, best known for Dancing At Lughnasa and Translations.

Argentine General Mario Menéndez who was appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands during the invasion.

Tessa Ransford who founded the Scottish Poetry Library.

John Guillermin who directed movie blockbusters like The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile, and the 1976 re-make of King Kong.

And Ben Cauley, the trumpeter who was the only survivor of the plane crash which killed Otis Redding.

Producer: Neil George.

498Lord Denis Healey, Carmen Balcells, Henning Mankell, Revd Kenneth Leech And Captain Bob Arnott2015100920151011 (R4)

Lucy Ash on the former Labour politician Denis Healey who was Chancellor of the Exchequer during the Winter of Discontent in 70s; Catalan literary agent Carmen Ballcells known as Big Mamma to her Nobel Prize winning authors;Captain Bob Arnott, beloved by his passengers on the QE2; Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell and radical priest Reverend Kenneth Leech, who founded the homelessness charity Centrepoint.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

499Geoffrey Howe, Sue Lloyd-roberts, Joe Henson, Hugh Scully And Alexander Faris2015101620151018 (R4)

Julian Worricker on:

The former Chancellor and Foreign Secretary, Geoffrey Howe, whose resignation speech in the Commons was generally regarded as the beginning of the end for Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister.

The journalist, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, whose reporting frequently took her to some of the most dangerous parts of the world.

The farmer and conservationist, Joe Henson, who founded the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

Hugh Scully, who rose to fame as a television presenter through his work on 'Nationwide' and 'Antiques Roadshow'.

And the composer, Alexander Faris, best known for writing the theme tune to the 1970s ITV drama, Upstairs Downstairs.

Julian Worricker on a politician, a journalist, a farmer, a TV presenter and a composer.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

501Professor Lisa Jardine, Philip French, Ronnie Massarella, Maureen O'hara2015103020151101 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a polymath, a critic, a showjumping manager, a film star

Matthew Bannister on

Professor Lisa Jardine, the historian whose intellectual curiosity stretched across the arts and sciences. She was chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and a regular broadcaster on Radio 4.

Philip French, for thirty-five years the Chief Film Critic of the Observer.

Ronnie Massarella who built up a successful family ice cream business and managed the British showjumping team for 32 years.

And Maureen O'Hara, the red haired Irish film star known as the Queen of Technicolor. She appeared opposite John Wayne in five of his films including the Quiet Man.

5022015110620151108 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5032015111320151115 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

504Roy Dommett, Warren Mitchell, Allen Toussaint, Cynthia Payne And Jonah Lomu2015112020151122 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Roy Dommett, one of the UK's leading rocket scientists who was also a well known morris dancer.

Warren Mitchell, the actor best known for playing Alf Garnett in the TV sit com "Till Death Us Do Part"

Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans producer and musician who worked with many of the great names in rock.

Cynthia Payne, who ran a brothel at her home in Streatham where men exchanged luncheon vouchers for sex.

And Jonah Lomu, the rugby player who won 63 caps for the All Blacks and scored 37 international tries.

5052015112720151129 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

506General Sir Robert Ford, Hazel Adair, Jane Wardle, Gerry Byrne And P.f Sloan2015120420151206 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

General Sir Robert Ford who was Commander Land Forces Northern Ireland at the time of the Bloody Sunday shootings.

Hazel Adair, the TV scriptwriter behind hit series like Compact, Emergency Ward 10 and Crossroads.

Professor Jane Wardle, the behavioural scientist who transformed our understanding of cancer screening and prevention.

Gerry Byrne, the Liverpool left back who was part of the England World Cup winning squad in 1966.

And PF Sloan, the enigmatic musician who wrote the number one hit "Eve of Destruction"

5072015121120151213 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5082015121820151220
509Some Of The Most Memorable Lives Of The Past Twelve Months20151227

Matthew Bannister and Economist Obituary Editor Ann Wroe recall some of the most memorable lives of 2015, including a diver, a scientist and a singer.

Producer: Edwina Pitman.

5102016010120160103 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5112016010820160110 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

512David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Olwyn Hughes And Ed Stewart2016011520160117 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a rock star, an actor, a literary agent, a DJ

Matthew Bannister on

David Bowie, art expert, fashion icon and media manipulator.

Alan Rickman, the actor most famous for playing villains from the Sheriff of Nottingham to Professor Snape.

Olwyn Hughes, the sister of the poet Ted Hughes who fiercely guarded his literary legacy and that of his late wife Sylvia Plath.

And Ed "Stewpot" Stewart, the Radio 1 and 2 DJ who presented Junior Choice.

5132016012220160124 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

514Lord Parksinson, Bill Mitchell, Paddy Doherty, Henry Worsley, Gladys-marie Fry2016012920160131 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The Conservative politician Lord Parkinson. He masterminded the 1983 election victory but was forced to resign when his affair with his secretary was revealed.

Bill Mitchell, who lived and breathed the Yorkshire Dales, editing the Dalesman magazine and writing hundreds of books.

Paddy Doherty, the Irish Republican activist who played a leading role in Derry's 1969 Battle of the Bogside.

Henry Worsley, the former SAS soldier and explorer who died whilst attempting the first solo unaided crossing of Antarctica.

And Dr Gladys-Marie Fry, the folklorist who chronicled the African American experience.

Matthew Bannister on a politician, an editor, an activist, an explorer, a folklorist

515Terry Wogan, Lord Lucan, Frank Finlay, Denise St Aubyn Hubbard, Maurice White2016020520160207 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Terry Wogan - we have a tale of two cities: memories from his home town of Limerick and accolades from his fantasy town of Leicester.

Lord Lucan, finally declared dead this week after disappearing in the 1970s. Mystery still surrounds his involvement in the murder of his children's nanny.

The actor Frank Finlay, who often played darker characters. His Bouquet of Barbed Wire co-star Susan Penhaligon remembers him.

Denise St Aubyn Hubbard who represented Britain as a diver in the 1948 Olympics and sailed single handed across the Atlantic aged 64.

And Maurice White the singer and songwriter who founded Earth Wind and Fire.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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517Boutros Boutros-ghali, Edmonde Charles-roux, Norman Hudis, Antonin Scalia, Harper Lee2016021920160221 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the United Nations Secretary General who had to deal with genocide in Rwanda and the war in the Balkans.

Edmonde Charles-Roux, the former resistance fighter who became editor of French Vogue magazine.

Norman Hudis, the screenwriter of many of the Carry On comedy films.

And Antonin Scalia, the conservative US Supreme Court Justice.

Matthew Bannister on a UN Secretary General, an editor, a screenwriter, a judge

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5182016022620160228 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

519Tony Warren, Louise Rennison, Lord Chorley, George Kennedy, John Chilton2016030420160306 (R4)

Reeta Chakrabarti on a TV writer, an author, a conservationist, an actor and a musician

Reeta Chakrabarti on

Tony Warren, who created the long-running TV soap Coronation Street, embedding a working-class north of England cast of characters in the national consciousness.

Louise Rennison, comedian and author of young adult fiction, whose frank and funny books won her a loyal following amongst teenage girls.

Lord Chorley, a parliamentarian and conservationist, whose many public roles included former chairman of the National Trust.

George Kennedy, the versatile American character actor, who won an Oscar for his role in the film Cool Hand Luke.

And John Chilton, the trumper

520George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Ray Tomlinson, Gillian Avery2016031120160313 (R4)

Reeta Chakrabarti on

Sir George Martin, the legendary music producer who oversaw the Beatles' phenomenal success.

Nancy Reagan, the US First Lady, who went from actor to political wife, to campaigner against drug abuse.

Ray Tomlinson, one of the pioneers of the internet, and a founder of the email system.

And Gillian Avery, historian and award-winning author of children's literature.

Reeta Chakrabarti on a music producer, a US first lady, an internet pioneer and an author.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5212016031820160320 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

522Vlasta Dalibor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Dr Robert Acland, Asa Briggs, Barry Hines, Johan Cruyff2016032520160327 (R4)

Julian Worricker on:

Asa Briggs, social historian and university administrator, who wrote a five-volume history of the BBC.

Austrian conductor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, famed for his pursuit of authenticity in both early and modern music.

Vlasta Dalibor, co-creator of Pinky and Perky.

Professor Robert Acland, a pioneer of microsurgery in both Britain and America.

Barry Hines, the author and screenwriter, who adapted his novel A Kestrel for a Knave into the film 'Kes'.

And....one of football's greatest players and most successful managers, Johan Cruyff.

Julian Worricker on a conductor, surgeon, puppeteer, writer, footballer and a historian.

523Dame Zaha Hadid, Ronnie Corbett, General Meir Dagan, Joan Loraine, Gary Shandling2016040120160403 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The internationally acclaimed architect Dame Zaha Hadid, known to some as "the queen of the curve".

Ronnie Corbett, whose partnership with Ronnie Barker made him one of the UK's best loved comedians.

General Meir Dagan, head of the Israeli secret service Mossad when it was credited with carrying out the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists.

Joan Loraine who created a much admired garden at Greencombe in Somerset

And Gary Shandling who satirised the vanities and insecurities of celebrity in his fictional TV chat show.

Matthew Bannister on an architect, two comedians, a Mossad chief, a gardener.

524Mother Angelica, Hans-dietrich Genscher, Dj Derek, Doreen Massey And Joe Medicine Crow2016040820160410 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The American broadcasting nun Mother Angelica who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and dispensed traditional Catholic advice to viewers.

The German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, one of the principal architects of his country's re-unification.

Derek Serpell-Morris, who gave up his job as an accountant to become DJ Derek, playing reggae and ska and claiming to be Britain's oldest DJ.

Doreen Massey who changed the way we think about geography

and Joe Medicine Crow, the native American historian who was a direct link back to Custer's last stand.

Producer: Neil George

Interviewed guest: Joanna Bogle

Interviewed guest: Paul Burnell

Interviewed guest: Lord Owen

Interviewed guest: Hilary Wainwright

Interviewed guest: Emma Jackson

Interviewed guest: Dr David Featherstone

Interviewed guest: Herman Viola.

Matthew Bannister on a nun, a German politician, a DJ, a geographer, a native American.

525Arnold Wesker, Howard Marks, Peggy Fortnum, Merle Haggard And Rachel Johnson2016041520160417 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The playwright Sir Arnold Wesker whose work celebrated working class life,

Howard Marks, the convicted cannabis smuggler and raconteur who became a folk hero to some.

Peggy Fortnum, the children's book illustrator who brought Paddington Bear to life.

The country singer Merle Haggard whose music was steeped in traditional redneck America.

And Rachel Johnson, last surviving resident of the Scottish island of St Kilda which was evacuated in 1930.

526Prince, Ray Fitzwalter, Victoria Wood, June Jolly, Phil Sayer2016042220160424 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Rock superstar Prince - we recall his intimate gig for a handful of people here in Broadcasting House.

Ray Fitzwalter the Editor of ITV's World In Action who championed investigative journalism.

Victoria Wood - we have a tribute in song from the young comedian she inspired.

The nurse June Jolly who transformed the treatment of children in hospital - she once brought a baby elephant and a lion on to the ward to entertain her patients.

And - Mind The Gap - the voice of hundreds of station announcements Phil Sayer.

Interviewed guest: Fergus Dudley

Interviewed guest: Paul Gambaccini

Interviewed guest: Roger Corke

Interviewed guest: Vikki Stone

Interviewed guest: Margaretta Jolly

Interviewed guest: Sue Burr

Interviewed guest: Elinor Hamilton.

Matthew Bannister on a rock star, an editor, a comedian, a nurse and an announcer.

5272016042920160501 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5282016050620160508 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

529Gareth Gwenlan, Sir Harry Kroto, Michael 'dandy Kim' Caborn-waterfield, Lilly Dubowitz, Papa Wemba2016051320160515 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Gareth Gwenlan the TV producer and Head of BBC Comedy behind a string of hits including Only Fools and Horses. Sir David Jason pays tribute.

Sir Harry Kroto, the Nobel prize winning chemist who helped to discover new forms of carbon.

Michael 'Dandy Kim' Caborn-Waterfield, the charming, well dressed scoundrel who started the Ann Summers chain of sex shops and was imprisoned in France for stealing thousands of pounds from the movie mogul Jack Warner.

The paediatrician Lilly Dubowitz who developed revolutionary tests to assess new born babies

And the Congolese singer and flamboyant dresser Papa Wemba.

Matthew Bannister on a TV producer, a chemist, a wheeler dealer, a paediatrician, a singer

530Professor Robert Mcneill Alexander, Reg Grundy, Sally Brampton, Tony Cozier, Madeleine Lebeau2016052020160522 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Professor Robert McNeill Alexander - the father of animal biomechanics, who revealed how fast dinosaurs could run.

The Australian TV producer Reg Grundy who was behind a string of popular hits, including Neighbours, Wheel of Fortune and Prisoner Cell Block H.

Sally Brampton, the founding editor of British Elle magazine who wrote a powerful book about her struggle with depression.

And Tony Cozier, the West Indian cricket commentator who was a much loved member of the Test Match Special team.

Matthew Bannister on a zoologist, a TV producer, an editor, a cricket commentator.

531Burt Kwouk, Michael Ratner, Sarah Corp, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Jock Scot2016052720160529 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The actor Burt Kwouk, best known for playing Inspector Clouseau's manservant Cato in the Pink Panther films.

The human rights lawyer Michael Ratner, who won the right for detainees at Guantanamo Bay to challenge their imprisonment in court.

Sarah Corp, the ITN producer who organised coverage of many significant international events,

Mullah Akhtar Mansour, leader of the Taliban

And Jock Scot, punk poet, Bohemian and friend of the Clash. Their former manager Kosmo Vinyl pays tribute.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5322016060320160605 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

533Sir Peter Shaffer, Sir Denys Wilkinson, Peggy Spencer And Muhammad Ali2016061020160612 (R4)

Julian Worricker on:

The playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, most famous for 'The Royal Hunt of the Sun, 'Equus' and 'Amadeus'...

The physicist, Sir Denys Wilkinson, considered an expert on the electromagnetic properties of nuclear isotopes...

The dancer, Peggy Spencer - also a choreographer, adjudicator and dance event organiser...

And the man voted the sportsman of the last century, heavyweight boxer and civil rights campaigner, Muhammad Ali.

Julian Worricker on a playwright, a physicist, a dancer and a boxer.

534Jo Cox Mp, Dave Swarbrick, Viktor Korchnoi, Wendy Leigh2016061720160619 (R4)

Reeta Chakrabarti on:

The MP Jo Cox , who was brutally killed in the street, after meeting local people in the West Yorkshire constituency she represented

The musician Dave Swarbrick, who found fame with the folk group Fairport Convention - and who celebrated the premature publication of his obituary by a newspaper, 17 years before his death.

The chess player Viktor Korchnoi, a grandmaster of the international circuit, who defected from the Soviet Union and whose career became enmeshed in Cold War politics.

And the showbiz writer Wendy Leigh, who produced racy celebrity biographies and steamy novels, and who had a long affair with the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

535Dr Sylvia Meek, Sam King Mbe, Chips Moman, Ethel Bush Gm, Harry Rabinowitz2016062420160626 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The parasitologist Sylvia Meek who led the fight to reduce deaths from malaria.

Harry Rabinowitz who conducted the music for many films and TV series, including the English Patient and Upstairs Downstairs.

Ethel Bush who was one of the two first policewomen to be awarded the George Medal for bravery.

Sam King, the RAF veteran from Jamaica who later travelled to Britain on the Empire Windrush and became Mayor of Southwark.

And Chips Moman, the record producer who worked with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson.

Matthew Bannister on a parasitologist, a conductor, a police officer, a mayor, a producer.

5362016070120160703 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

537Caroline Aherne, Elie Wiesel, Sir Geoffrey Hill, Lord Mayhew, Michael Cimino2016070820160710 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The comedian Caroline Aherne who created Mrs Merton and the Royle family and struggled with the pressures of fame.

Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel. Described by President Obama as "one of the great moral voices of our time", he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The poet Sir Geoffrey Hill whose work focused on English history, landscape and religion.

The Conservative politician Lord Mayhew. As Northern Ireland Secretary under John Major, he laid the foundations for the peace process.

And the film director Michael Cimino - best known for the Deer Hunter which won five Oscars.

Producer: Dianne McGregor.

Matthew Bannister on a comedian, a holocaust survivor, a poet, a politician, a director.

538Sydney Schanberg, Beatrice De Cardi, Lord Evans Of Temple Guiting, Alvin Toffler, Jimmy Gilbert2016071520160717 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The American journalist Sydney Schanberg who won the Pulitzer prize for his reporting on Cambodia. His story was turned into the film "The Killing Fields".

The archaeologist Beatrice de Cardi, once described as "a cross between Miss Marple and Indiana Jones".

The publisher Lord Evans of Temple Guiting, who, as Matthew Evans, led Faber and Faber to great success. His friend Melvyn Bragg pays tribute.

The futurist Alvin Toffler best known for his 1970 book "Future Shock".

And the comedy producer Jimmy Gilbert who brought us "The Frost Report", "Last of the Summer Wine" and "Fawlty Towers".

Producer: Dianne McGregor.

539Abdul Sattar Edhi, Professor Suzanne Corkin, Bernardo Provenzano, Garry Marshall2016072220160724 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a humanitarian, a neuroscientist, a mafia don, a comedy director.

Matthew Bannister on

Abdul Sattar Edhi. Known as Pakistan's "Angel of Mercy", he built up a foundation which brought healthcare, orphanages and women's shelters to the poorest people in his country.

Dr. Suzanne Corkin - the neuroscientist who spent years studying a patient known as "H.M." An operation on his brain had left him with profound amnesia.

Bernardo Provenzano - the Sicilian mafia boss nicknamed "The Tractor" because he mowed down all his enemies.

And Garry Marshall the comedy writer and director who brought us "Happy Days" and "Pretty Woman."

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

540Gary S Paxton, Sally Beauman, Thomas Sutherland, Frank Dickens, Marni Nixon2016072920160731 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a singer, songwriter and producer, an author, a hostage, a cartoonist

Matthew Bannister on a hostage, a singer, songwriter and producer, an author, a cartoonist

Matthew Bannister on

The singer, songwriter and producer Gary S Paxton. He brought us the Monster Mash and thousands of other songs and lived up to his nickname "His Weirdness"

Sally Beauman, who was given a reported million pound advance for her best selling novel Destiny, but transcended the bonk buster genre.

Thomas Sutherland the Scottish-born American professor who was held hostage for more than six years in Lebanon. We hear from his fellow hostage Terry Anderson.

Frank Dickens, the cartoonist who satirised office life in the Bristow comic strip and often liked to strip naked himself.

And Marni Nixon, whose singing voice was dubbed over Hollywood movie stars when they couldn't hit the high notes.

Producer: Paul Waters.

541Luc Hoffmann, Sylvia Peters, Joe Powell, William Smethurst, Sandy Pearlman2016080520160807 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a naturalist, an announcer, a stuntman, an editor, a rock manager.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5422016081220160814 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5432016081920160821 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5442016082620160828 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5452016090220160904 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5462016090920160911 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

547Barry Myers, Eileen Younghusband, Robin Spark, Keith Mcdougall, Prince Buster2016091620160918 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Barry Myers who directed some of the best known commercials of the 1970s and 80s, including ads for Hovis, Olympus Cameras and Cadbury's Flake.

Eileen Younghusband, who worked as a filter officer during the Second World War, spotting the approaching aircraft and V2 rockets launched against Britain by the Nazis.

The Edinburgh based artist Robin Spark, who had a troubled relationship with his mother, the writer Muriel Spark.

Keith MacDougall, the Norfolk countryman who balanced a passion for shooting with a commitment to conservation.

And Prince Buster the Jamaican musician who was one of the pioneers of Ska.

Produced by Neil George.

Matthew Bannister on a director, a filter officer, an artist, a countryman, a ska star.

548Edward Albee, James Cronin, Caroline Thomson Obe, Sir Frederick Holliday, Charmian Carr2016092320160925 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

American playwright Edward Albee, who won three Pullitzer prizes but not for his best known work "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

Physicist James Cronin who won the Nobel Prize for his work on the asymmetry between matter and anti matter.

Health administrator Caroline Thomson, who persuaded the people of the Scottish Highlands to confront the challenges of HIV and AIDS.

Zoologist and academic Sir Frederick Holliday. He was vice chancellor of Durham University and campaigned to save the UK's otter population.

Actress Charmian Carr best known for playing the teenager Liesl in the film "The Sound of Music."

Produced by Neil George.

549Shimon Peres, Nathalie Evans, Arnold Palmer, Bill Mollison, Jean Shepard2016093020161002 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Shimon Peres, the Israeli elder statesman who was twice Prime Minister of his country and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in negotiating the Oslo Accord with the Palestinians.

Nathalie Evans who co founded the Twycross Zoo and provided the chimps for the PG Tips TV adverts.

Arnold Palmer, the legendary golfer who won 91 professional titles and was followed by fans known as "Arnie's Army".

Bill Mollison, the Australian author and lecturer who was known as the "father of permaculture".

Produced by Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

5502016100720161009 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

551King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Dario Fo, Jean Bloxam, Andrew Vicari, Don Buchla2016101420161016 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The world's longest reigning monarch - King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

The Nobel prize winning playwright and satirist Dario Fo. Griff Rhys Jones pays tribute.

The pioneering racing driver Jean Bloxam She took on the men - and often beat them.

Andrew Vicari, the painter from Port Talbot in Wales who made millions through commissions from the Saudi Royal family.

And the musician Don Buchla who invented the first modern synthesiser in 1963.

Producer: Neil George

Interviewed guest: Paul Handley

Interviewed guest: Griff Rhys Jones

Interviewed guest: Dan Rebellato

Interviewed guest: Nick Tassoni

Interviewed guest: Michael Scott

Interviewed guest: Andrew Vaccari

Interviewed guest: Georgina Adam

Interviewed guest: Mark Vail

Interviewed guest: Geeta DyalInterviewed guest: Andrew Vaccari

Interviewed guest: Geeta Dyal.

Matthew Bannister on a king, a playwright, a racing driver, a painter, a musical inventor.

5522016102120161023 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

553Raine, Countess Spencer, James "jimmy" Perry, Stylianos Pattakos, Howard Davies, Bobby Vee2016102820161030 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a countess, a comedy writer, a Greek general, a director, a singer.

Matthew Bannister on

Raine Countess Spencer. The daughter of Barbara Cartland and step mother of Princess Diana who nicknamed her "Acid Raine".

Jimmy Perry who drew on his own life to co-write classic TV comedies including Dad's Army and Hi De Hi.

General Stylianos Pattakos, a leading figure in the military junta that took power in Greece in 1967.

The theatre director Howard Davies, acclaimed for his productions of twentieth century American classics and for the premiere of Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

And Bobby Vee - the sixties pop idol whose many chart hits included Rubber Ball and Take Good Care of My Baby.

Producer: Neil George.

554Tom Hayden, Valerie Hunter Gordon, Carole Blake, Anne Pashley2016110420161106 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

American political activist Tom Hayden. He once said that people only knew four words about him: "Sixties, Radical, Jane and Fonda". He led anti Vietnam war protests and was married to the Hollywood star.

Valerie Hunter Gordon who invented the disposable nappy. Her prototypes were made from old wartime parachutes.

Literary agent Carole Blake who wrote a best selling guide for aspiring novelists.

And Anne Pashley, who won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics, then became a leading opera singer.

Matthew Bannister on a political activist, an inventor, a literary agent, an opera singer.

555Leonard Cohen, Lt Col Robert Montgomery Mc, Janet Reno, Sir Jimmy Young2016111120161113 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. He was accused of depressing a generation, but many found his songs inspiring.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Montgomery - the explosives expert who played a leading role in a daring Commando raid on the port of Saint Nazaire during the second world war.

Janet Reno - the US Attorney General General under President Bill Clinton - she dealt with many controversial issues, including the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

Sir Jimmy Young. For thirty years his mixture of news and music entertained and informed millions on Radio 2.

Producer: Neil George.

Matthew Bannister on a singer, a war hero, a US attorney general, a broadcaster.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

556Robert Vaughn, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Carolyn Hardy Obe, Ewen Whitaker, Claude 'curly' Putman2016111820161120 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Robert Vaughn - the actor who made his name as Napoleon Solo in "The Man From Uncle" TV series and also appeared in films like "The Magnificent Seven", "Bullitt" and "The Towering Inferno".

Ewen Whitaker, the self taught astronomer who became an expert on the geography of the moon and helped direct Apollo 12 to its landing site.

Carolyn Hardy, who turned the National Gardens Scheme into a stand alone charity and was vice chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Sir Sigmund Sternberg, the businessman who founded the Three Faiths Forum to encourage dialogue between Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Claude "Curly" Putman - the country singer who wrote "D.I.V.O.R.C.E" and "The Green Green Grass of Home".

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

557Martin Aitchison, Sir Mota Singh Qc, William Trevor, Ruth Gruber, David Mancuso2016112520161127 (R4)

Kate Silverton on:

Martin Aitchison who worked with Barnes Wallis on the bouncing bomb but made his name illustrating the Peter and Jane ladybird books.

Sir Mota Singh, the Kenyan born Barrister who became Britain's first ethnic minority judge making headlines worldwide as the first judge in 300 years not to wear the horse hair wig

William Trevor - one of Ireland's greatest writers - a novelist, playwright and short story writer, his work was compared with Chekhov

Ruth Gruber, journalist, author, humanitarian and spy. She documented Stalin's gulags, life in Nazi Germany and the plight of Jewish refugees

and David Mancuso, dance music legend and music host who founded the Loft in New York.

Producer: Neil George.

Kate Silverton on an artist, a judge, a writer, a photojournalist and a party host.

558Andrew Sachs, Fidel Castro, Mose Allison, The Honourable Margaret Rhodes2016120220161204 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Andrew Sachs, the actor who was so much more than Manuel in Fawlty Towers. We hear about his acclaimed radio career.

Also the Cuban leader Fidel Castro - brutal dictator or benevolent champion of his people?

The jazz and blues singer Mose Allison, whose songs were covered by the Who, the Clash, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison.

And The Honourable Margaret Rhodes, the Queen's cousin, who became a celebrity after writing her memoirs of life in the royal household.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

559John Glenn, Peter Vaughan, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Greg Lake2016120920161211 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on an astronaut, an actor, an Indian politician, a musician.

Matthew Bannister on

John Glenn, the astronaut who was the first American to orbit the earth and later the oldest man ever to be sent into space.

The actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his roles in Porridge, Our Friends In the North and latterly Game of Thrones.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the autocratic chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu who was imprisoned for corruption, but re-elected afterwards.

And Greg Lake - the guitarist and singer who was part of the supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer and recorded a classic Christmas single.

Producer: Dianne McGregor.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

560Peter Gibson, Aa Gill, Coral Atkins, William Chaloner, Ian Mccaskill2016121620161218 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Peter Gibson the master glazier who devoted his life to the care of the stained glass windows in York Minster.

AA Gill, who overcame alcoholism and dyslexia to become one of the UK's best known critics.

Coral Atkins who gave up a career as an actress to run homes for disadvantaged children.

William Chaloner, an authority on fossil plants who used pollen from the past to reconstruct ancient environments.

Ian McCaskill, the BBC weather man much imitated by impressionists.

561Michael Nicholson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Lord Prior, Rabbi Lionel Blue, Pauline Oliveros2016122320161225 (R4)

Michael Nicholson

Julian spoke to newsreader Alastair Stewart and to the journalist, Max Hastings.

Born 9 January 1937; died 11 December 2016 aged 79.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Julian spoke to film critic Angie Errigo.

Born 6 February 1917; died 18 December 2016 aged 99.

Lord Prior

Julian spoke to his son, The Lord Prior of Brampton and to documentary maker, Michael Cockerell.

Born 11 October 1927; died 12 December 2016 aged 89.

Rabbi Lionel Blue

Julian spoke to his friend, the Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger.

Born 6 February 1930; died 19 December 2016 aged 86.

Pauline Oliveros

Last Word spoke to Louise Gray, writer for the music publication ‘Wire’.

Born 30 May 1932; died 24 November 2016 aged 84.

Credits

Role

Contributor

Presenter

Julian Worricker

Producer

Neil George

Interviewed Guest

Alastair Stewart

Max Hastings

Angie Errigo

David Prior

Michael Cockerell

Julia Neuberger

Louise Gray

Julian Worricker on:

The journalist and TV correspondent, Michael Nicholson, who covered numerous conflicts for ITN

The actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, famous for her one-liners and nine husbands

James Prior, who served in government under Margaret Thatcher despite her regarding him as a 'wet'

Rabbi Lionel Blue, a regular presenter on Thought for the Day on Radio 4

and the composer Pauline Oliveros. an electronic music pioneer best known for her philosophy of 'deep listening'.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

562Last Word End Of Year Special2016123020170101 (R4)

This week Last Word departs slightly from its usual format, when Matthew Bannister and the BBC obituary editor Nick Serpell return to the beginning of 2016 and recall a time when obituarists were in huge demand. Together they discuss the challenges and processes involved in commemorating so many big names in so short a time; David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Paul Daniels, Ronnie Corbett , Victoria Wood and Prince.

Producer: Neil George.

Matthew Bannister and Nick Serpell recall a year when obituarists were in huge demand.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

564Lord Snowdon, Graham Taylor, Jill Saward, Peter Sarstedt, Clare Hollingworth2017011320170115 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Lord Snowdon - renowned photographer and Princess Margaret's former husband.

Graham Taylor - the football manager who had success with Watford and Aston Villa, but was lampooned for his performance with England.

Jill Saward, the rape survivor who campaigned for the rights of those who suffer sexual violence.

The singer and songwriter Peter Sarsdedt, best known for the song "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?"

And Clare Hollingworth, the war reporter who broke the story of the Nazi invasion of Poland.

Producer: Neil George.

Matthew Bannister on a photographer, a manager, a campaigner, a musician, a journalist.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

569Al Jarreau, Betty Tebbs, Sir Peter Mansfield, Dame Jennifer Jenkins, Hans Rosling2017021720170219 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Betty Tebbs who devoted her life to fighting for women's rights and nuclear disarmament.

Sir Peter Mansfield, the Nobel Prize winning physicist who led the development of MRI scanning.

Dame Jennifer Jenkins, chairwoman of the Consumers Association and the National Trust.

Hans Rosling the statistician known for his skill as a communicator who worked to end poverty.

Al Jarreau the versatile singer who won Grammy awards for jazz, pop and R&B.

Matthew Bannister on a campaigner, a physicist, a chairwoman, a statistician and a singer.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

572Sir Nigel Rodley, Sir Cosmo Haskard, Louise Hulton, Pete Overend Watts2017031020170312 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a lawyer, a bass player, a maternal health expert, a governor.

Matthew Bannister on

The human rights lawyer Sir Nigel Rodley. He helped to draft the United Nations Convention Against Torture and became its special rapporteur on the issue.

Pete Overend Watts, the bass player from Mott the Hoople. His platform soled boots were so high that if he fell over on stage he needed a roadie to put him back on his feet again.

Louise Hulton the maternal health expert who worked tirelessly to improve conditions for childbirth around the world.

And Sir Cosmo Haskard, the colourful Governor of the Falkland Islands, who helped to stop the Labour government from handing them to Argentina in the 1960s.

Producer: Neil George.

573John Surtees, Gordon Thomas, Sir Howard Hodgkin, H. Boyd Woodruff, Joni Sledge2017031720170319 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The racing driver John Surtees who won world championships on two wheels and four.

Gordon Thomas who wrote best selling books about espionage and religion.

Sir Howard Hodgkin - one of the UK's most admired modern painters.

H. Boyd Woodruff, the microbiologist who isolated life saving antibiotics in soil.

Joni Sledge one of four singing sisters in the disco group Sister Sledge.

Producer: Neil George.

574Martin Mcguinness, Chuck Berry, Sir Derek Walcott, Salome Karwah, Colin Dexter2017032420170326 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Martin McGuinness, who went from being a violent IRA commander to a peace making politician.

Chuck Berry, hailed as the father of rock n roll by musicians from Keith Richards to John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen.

The Nobel prize winning poet Sir Derek Walcott, who brought the Caribbean experience to the wider world.

Salome Karwah, who survived Ebola in her native Liberia, went back to help other sufferers and then died from complications after childbirth.

And Colin Dexter, creator of the immortal detective Inspector Morse.

Producer: Neil George.

Matthew Bannister on a politician, a musician, a poet, an Ebola survivor, a writer.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

576Darcus Howe, Andy Coogan, Dr Sylvia Moody, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Peter Shotton2017040720170409 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on an activist, a coach, a psychologist, a poet, a businessman.

Matthew Bannister on

the Black Power activist and journalist Darcus Howe. He was a leading campaigner for equal rights in the 1970s and 80s.

Athletics coach Andy Coogan who spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese during the second world war.

Dr Sylvia Moody, the clinical psychologist who pioneered greater understanding of dyslexia in adults.

The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko who became a star in the West during the 1960s.

Peter Shotton - who was at school with John Lennon, played the washboard in the Quarrymen and made his fortune from a chain of American-style diners.

577Masha Leon, Tim Pigott-smith, Christopher Morahan, Parv Bancil, Marthe Gosteli, Brian Matthew2017041420170416 (R4)

Julian Worricker on:

The society columnist and Holocaust survivor, Masha Leon -

Actor Tim Pigott-Smith and director Christopher Morahan, who worked together on ITV's The Jewel in the Crown -

Playwright Parv Bancil whose work tackled issues affecting young British Asians -

Marthe Gosteli, who was at the forefront of the campaign to get women the vote in Switzerland -

And the broadcaster, host of 'Sounds of the Sixties', Brian Matthew.

578Michael Bogdanov, Louis Sarno, Sheila Abdus Salaam, Dick Potts, Don Rickles2017042120170423 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

The theatre director Michael Bogdanov, who co-founded the English Shakespeare Company. His National Theatre production of the Romans In Britain led to an obscenity trial.

The ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno who fell in love with the music of an obscure tribe of pygmies in the Central African Republic and went to live with them.

Sheila Abdus Salaam, who became the first African American woman to serve as a judge on New York's highest court.

Dick Potts, the ecologist who worked to save Britain's grey partridge population.

Don Rickles, the American comedian who made his name by insulting Frank Sinatra and was the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films.

Matthew Bannister on a director, an enthnomusicologist, a judge, an ecologist, a comedian.

Matthew Bannister on

The theatre director Michael Bogdanov, who co-founded the English Shakespeare Company. His National Theatre production of the Romans In Britain led to an obscenity trial.

The ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno who fell in love with the music of an obscure tribe of pygmies in the Central African Republic and went to live with them.

Sheila Abdus Salaam, who became the first African American woman to serve as a judge on New York's highest court.

Dick Potts, the ecologist who worked to save Britain's grey partridge population.

Don Rickles, the American comedian who made his name by insulting Frank Sinatra and was the voice of Mr Potato Head in the Toy Story films.

579Jonathan Demme, Robert Taylor, Cathy Hopkins, Peter Farrer, Dorothy Torry20170428

Matthew Bannister on a director, a computer pioneer, a campaigner, a tax inspector.

Matthew Bannister on

The film director Jonathan Demme - best known for the multi Oscar winning films Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia.

Robert Taylor who helped to develop the first networked computers - a forerunner of the internet - and inspired the creation of modern personal computers.

Cathy Hopkins who campaigned for the residents of St Helena to get back their British citizenship.

Peter Farrer, the Liverpool tax inspector who enjoyed cross dressing and became an expert on the history of women's costume.

And Dorothy Torry, secretary to six BBC Directors General, including Lord Reith.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Robert Pirsig, author of the best selling book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Shobha Nehru, the Hungarian woman who married into India's most powerful political dynasty - and used her position to confront Prime Minister Indira Ghandi about human rights abuses.

Michael Ballhaus, the cinematographer who worked closely with Martin Scorsese.

Leo Baxendale, the cartoonist and publisher who created the Bash Street Kids and Minnie the Minx.

And Bruce Langhorne, the guitarist on some of Bob Dylan's best known songs.

Producer: Neil George.

581Ueli Steck, Lord Williams Of Baglan, Sylvia Moy, Captain James Dickson Mbe, Jon Prinz20170512

Matthew Bannister on a climber, a diplomat, a songwriter, a mariner, a food scientist.

Matthew Bannister on

The Swiss climber Ueli Steck, famous for his daring high speed ascents of the world's most challenging mountains without the use of oxygen.

Lord Williams the human rights expert who advised three Labour Foreign secretaries.

Sylvia Moy who co-wrote many of Stevie Wonder's best known songs, including "I Was Made To Love Her" and "My Cherie Amour."

Captain James Dickson, the experienced seaman who was winched down onto the deck of the oil tanker Braer when it ran aground in high seas on the coast of Shetland.

And Jon Prinz, the food scientist and custard expert described by Heston Blumenthal as "brilliant and barking mad in equal measure".

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Rhodri Morgan the former Welsh First Minister, known as the Labour Party's "Father of Welsh devolution".

Michael Wearing the TV producer behind award winning series like "Boys From The Blackstuff" and "Edge of Darkness".

Helen Szamuely who helped to start the Anti Federalist League - which became the UK Independence Party.

The Moors murderer Ian Brady.

And the DJ Robert Miles - best known for his international hit "Children".

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Julian Worricker on:

The broadcaster, John Noakes, who was famous for his daredevil exploits on Blue Peter for thirteen years....

Manuel Noriega, who flirted with the Americans as leader of Panama, and ended up being jailed by them....

The dancer for whom one photograph of her on railings on Blackpool promenade shot her to fame, Pat Stewart....

Wing Commander Rex Sanders, lead navigator on a series of top secret missions over the Soviet Union...

And the American rock musician, Gregg Allman, whose band created the sound known as Southern Rock.

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Miriam Rodríguez Martínez- the Mexican woman whose daughter was killed by drug cartels - and who led a campaign for justice for thousands of missing people.

Lord Soulsby - the first vet to be made a peer. He was an expert on parasites nicknamed "Lord of the Worms."

Peter Sallis the actor best known for his role as Norman Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine - and for being the voice of Wallace in Wallace and Gromit.

Lady Anne Piper, the novelist who campaigned for nuclear disarmament.

Jiří Bělohlávek, the Czech-born chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the first non-native English speaker to preside at the Last Night of the Proms.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, known for his lavish life style, he acted as a middle man between governments and arms suppliers.

Countess Mountbatten, godmother to Prince Charles, she was badly wounded in the IRA bomb attack which killed her father, Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and her son Nicholas.

Adam West, the actor best known for playing Batman on TV.

Kailash Puri, the Indian born writer who became an agony aunt to thousands of Punjabi readers.

And Vin Garbutt, the folk singer known as "The Teesside Troubadour."

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Julian Worricker on:

Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany at the time of the country's re-unification.

Anita Pallenberg, artiste and muse to three of the Rolling Stones.

Scientist, Brian Bellhouse, who invented the needle-free injection.

Naseem Khan, a pioneering figure within the minority ethnic arts scene in Britain.

Brian Cant, children's TV presenter, most famous for his twenty years on Play School.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Lord Joffe, the lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela at the infamous Rivonia trial. He went on to co-found the Allied Dunbar insurance company and sat as a Labour peer in the House of Lords.

Michael Bond who created Paddington Bear, the Herbs and the guinea pig Olga Da Polga.

Ann Louise Gilligan the former nun who campaigned for her same sex marriage to be recognised in Irish law.

Carla Fendi, one of five sisters who turned their family business in Rome into a global fashion brand.

And John Avildsen who directed two Rocky films and the Karate Kid.

Producer: Neil George.

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Matthew Bannister on

Barry Norman - best known for presenting the BBC television's Film programme,on radio he also fronted the Today Programme and the News Quiz.

Gordon Wilson, the leader who re-built the Scottish National Party after electoral defeat and internal division.

Jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen who played in a wide range of styles and was committed to the advancement of women in jazz.

John Thompson, the regulator who presided over the introduction of independent local radio in the UK.

And Jack O'Neill who made a successful business out of his obsession with surfing.

Producer: Neil George.

59020170714

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Simone Veil, the Holocaust survivor who became a leading French politician and President of the European Parliament.

Graham Rose who directed some of the best loved TV commercials, including the award winning Photo Booth for Hamlet Cigars.

Tom Isaacs who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 27 and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for research by walking right round the coastline of Britain.

The Chinese literary critic and dissident Liu Xiaobo who was one of the "four gentlemen" of the Tiananmen Square protests. He died while serving an eleven year sentence for advocating democracy.

Ken Hirst, secretary of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for 42 years.

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Chuck Blazer who embezzled millions of dollars from the international football organisation FIFA, then turned whistle blower to incriminate his former colleagues.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian mathematician who became the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal.

The architect Bryan Avery who designed the drama school RADA and the London Imax cinema.

Peter McHugh, the former Fleet Street journalist who helped to turn round the fortunes of TV-am and then became director of programmes at GMTV.

And Martin Landau the versatile Hollywood actor who won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's film Ed Wood.

Producer: Neil George.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Mary Turner the President of the GMB Union who started her campaigning life by organising her fellow dinner ladies at a North London school.

Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park who sold more than seventy million copies of their nu-metal albums.

Scharlette Holdman who cajoled lawyers into representing people on death row in American prisons and developed techniques for persuading the courts to mitigate their sentences.

Orri Vigfusson the businessman and angler who saved North Atlantic salmon stocks by paying commercial fishermen to stop taking them from the sea.

And the film director George A Romero who pioneered the zombie horror movie genre with Night of the Living Dead.

Presenter: Matthew Bannister
Producer: Paul Waters.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

The actor Robert Hardy, best known for his roles in All Creatures Great and Small and the Harry Potter films and for playing Winston Churchill.

David Jones who wrote the Daedalus column in New Scientist magazine and came up with an endless stream of inventive and challenging experiments.

Jeanne Moreau the iconic French actress who was actually half English.

Mark Wilkinson - the furniture designer once described as 'the Mozart of the kitchen cabinet'

And Sam Shepard, the actor and playwright whose work redefined the landscape of the American West.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Glen Campbell - the singer and guitarist best known for hits like Galveston and Witchita Lineman. We talk to the man who wrote them - Jimmy Webb.

Dame Helen Alexander, former Chief Executive of the Economist Group and the first woman to head the C.B.I.

Clancy Sigal the American writer and activist who was blacklisted during the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s.

Prunella Briance who founded the National Childbirth Trust after two traumatic experiences of giving birth.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Kate Silverton on the "Broadway Diva" Barbara Cook, the American singer and actress who first came to prominence in the 1950s as the lead in the original Broadway musicals Plain and Fancy and Candide; Sister Ruth Pfau 'Mother Teresa' of Pakistan for her work in combating the spread of leprosy; Richard Gordon the anesthetist,whose medical work inspired him to write Dr in The House novels which were made into films and a TV series; Prof. U.R. Rao, Pioneer of India's Space Programme, who brought knowledge to millions of people through digital communications via the many satellites he launched into space.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Brian Aldiss - the gifted science fiction author who inspired the Hollywood movie AI artificial intelligence. Jerry Lewis the American comic who - with Dean Martin found fame as one of the most successful double acts of all time. Blanche Blackwell - the Jamaican society hostess who became Ian Fleming's lover and some believe - the inspiration for the Bond movie character Pussy Galore. Abu Kifah, the Syrian rescue worker who made headlines around the world after pulling a baby alive from the wreckage of a bombed out building - and Sir Bruce Forsyth whose death a week ago today has seen him fondly remembered for his contribution to British entertainment in a career spanning more than seven decades.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Dick Gregory, the African American comedian and civil rights activist who was also a dietician to stars like John Lennon and Mohammed Ali.

Jeannie Rousseau who spied on the Nazis' secret weapons programme.

Wayne Lotter, the South African elephant conservationist who has been shot dead in Tanzania.

Sean O'Callaghan, the leading IRA member who turned informer. He helped to stop a bomb attack which would have killed the Prince and Princess of Wales.

And the jazz guitarist John Abercrombie.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on:

The flamboyant businessman Sir David Tang who founded the fashion label Shanghai Tang and collected celebrity friends. Tracey Emin pays tribute.

Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick who became one of the world's leading authorities on thoracic medicine after suffering from tuberculosis as a child.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the genial head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

And Walter Becker - who teamed up with Donald Fagen to create the sophisticated music and lyrics of Steely Dan.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Peter Hall, the director who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company, ran the National Theatre and created many acclaimed theatrical and operatic productions.

Kate Millett, the radical feminist whose 1970 book Sexual Politics suggested that men's institutionalised power over women is a social construct, rather than innate or biological.

Sir Edward Du Cann, the Tory MP and businessman who chaired the 1922 backbench committee, fell out with Edward Heath, and went bankrupt in the 1990s.

J.P. Donleavy, the US-born Irish writer whose bawdy tale of Dublin Life - The Ginger Man - sold fifty million copies.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

David Shepherd, the artist who painted trains, aeroplanes and elephants and worked tirelessly to conserve wild animals.

Nancy Hatch Dupree, the American born adventurer and writer who devoted her life to creating an archive of Afghan culture and history.

Gordon Williams, the Booker prize shortlisted author whose novel The Siege of Trencher's farm became the controversial film Straw Dogs.

Pat Albeck the designer known as "the queen of the tea towel" who produced popular fabric designs for John Lewis and the National Trust.

Harry Dean Stanton, the gaunt, hollow-eyed actor best known for films like "Paris, Texas" and "Repo Man".

Image of David Shepherd courtesy of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Hugh Hefner who built the Playboy empire on a best selling magazine. Was he a libertarian who changed attitudes to sex or a sleazy pornographer?

Soviet officer Stanislav Petrov who is credited with averting a nuclear disaster during the Cold War.

The right wing Conservative M.P. Teddy Taylor best known for his outspoken opposition to the European Union.

And actress Liz Dawn who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for nearly thirty years.

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

The actor Tony Booth, best known for playing Alf Garnett's left wing son-in-law in the TV comedy Till Death Us Do Part - and notorious for his womanising and heavy drinking. His daughter Cherie Blair shares her memories.

Lillian Bettencourt who was the richest woman in the world - as heiress to the L'Oreal cosmetics group. She was also
embroiled in a bitter court battle over how her fortune should be divided.

William G. Stewart, best known as the host of the long running TV quiz "Fifteen to One", He was also a respected producer and director.

And the rock star Tom Petty - best known for hits like "Free Fallin'" and "I Won't Back Down".

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Julian Worricker on:

Lillian Ross, who wrote for the New Yorker, and created a new form of journalism....

The Iraqi president after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Jalal Talabani - a prominent Kurdish politician....

The boxer Terry Downes, who held the world middleweight title in the 1960s....

Sybil Flory, a seamstress who evaded the Japanese in 1941, and found her sister six decades later....

Hedley Jones, a Jamaican musician who designed and built the country's first sound systems....and traffic lights....

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Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on

Sean Hughes, the comedian who pioneered stand up with a narrative and was a team captain on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks".

Architect David Marks who mortgaged his house as he battled to turn his design for the London Eye into an international landmark.

Major Khush Ahmad-ul-Mulk, the last surviving son of the Mehtar of Chitral who ruled the state in the North West of Pakistan for over forty years.

Sir Brian Barder who was Britain's ambassador to Ethiopia during the famine of the 1980s. He was involved in delicate negotiations to get aid through to the starving.

And Marge Calhoun from California - known as "The First Lady of Surfing".

Interviewed guest: Terry Eselun
Interviewed guest: Julia Barfield
Interviewed guest: Asad Ul Mulk
Interviewed guest: Owen Barder
Interviewed guest: Jonathan Steele
Interviewed guest: Rhona Cameron
Interviewed guest: Bruce Dessau.

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Matthew Bannister on a journalist, a musician, a union leader, a virologist, an actress.

Matthew Bannister on

The campaigning Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb after exposing corruption in politics and business.

Fats Domino - the rock and roll pioneer who was second only to Elvis in record sales.

Rodney Bickerstaffe, the trade union leader who campaigned for the minimum wage.

Geoffrey Schild, the virologist who laid the foundations for the creation of a universal flu vaccine.

And Rosemary Leach, the actress best known for roles in Jewel In The Crown on TV, A Room With A View on film and 84 Charing Cross Road on stage.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on

Howard Pendleton who made the Marquee Club a launch pad for scores of rock stars including the Rolling Stones, the Who and David Bowie and started the Reading Festival.

Glenn Barr, the Unionist leader who brought Northern Ireland to its knees for thirteen days.

Iona Opie who devoted her life to collecting nursery rhymes and studying children's use of stories and language.

Gary Flather QC, the eminent lawyer who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and campaigned to make the legal profession more accessible for disabled people.

And Sir John Manduell who founded and led the Royal Northern College of Music, building its international reputation.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

607Antonio Carluccio - Sima Wali - Richard Wilbur - Mary Reveley - Dudley Simpson20171110

Matthew Bannister on

The chef Antonio Carluccio who transformed Italian cooking in the UK.

Sima Wali who devoted her life to campaigning for the rights of Afghan women.

The Pulitzer Prize winning American poet laureate Richard Wilbur.

Mary Reveley, the Yorkshire based race horse trainer who saddled more than two thousand winners.

And Dudley Simpson who composed the theme from the TV series Blake's Seven and incidental music for Dr Who.

Interviewed guest: William Sitwell
Interviewed guest: Suleiman Wali
Interviewed guest: Michael Carlson
Interviewed guest: Cornelius Lysaght
Interviewed guest: Matthew Sweet.

608Lord Hutchinson Of Lullington Qc - Linda Nochlin - Dennis Banks - Geoff Tootill - Tim Gudgin20171117

Matthew Bannister on

Lord Hutchinson of Lullington, the barrister who appeared in many celebrated cases, including defending the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover and the director of the play Romans In Britain and securing the acquittal of Howard Marks on drug smuggling charges.

Linda Nochlin the feminist art historian who wrote a celebrated article in the 1970s entitled "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?"

Dennis Banks the Native American activist who campaigned for the rights of his people and took part in the siege of Wounded Knee.

Geoff Tootill, who helped to design the world's first stored-programme computer, known as "Baby".

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Lord Imbert, the Commissioner who tried to change the culture of the Metropolitan Police. He invited TV cameras to observe his officers at work, leading to a controversial film of them subjecting a rape victim to aggressive questioning.

Pat Hutchins, the children's author and illustrator who created the book "Rosie's Walk" and presented the TV series "Rosie and Jim".

Rodney Bewes, the actor best known for playing Bob in the Likely Lads.

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century.

And David Cassidy, the singer and actor who was a heartthrob for millions of teenage girls in the 1970s.

610Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Lewis Golden Obe, Jp, Fca - Unity Spencer - John Butler - Joy Lofthouse20171201

Matthew Bannister on a singer, a businessman, a painter, a piano tuner and a pilot.

(Photo: Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky)

Matthew Bannister on

The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, known for playing leading operatic roles - and for his silver hair and matinee idol looks.

Unity Spencer who overcame a dysfunctional upbringing as the daughter of the painter Stanley Spencer to be recognised as an accomplished artist in her own right.

Lewis Golden, the war veteran who set up the successful Everest Double Glazing business.

John Butler - piano tuner to stars like Oscar Peterson, Sammy Davis Junior and Frank Sinatra.

And Joy Lofthouse, one of the last surviving female pilots who delivered Spitfires to their airbases during the war.

611King Michael Of Romania - Shashi Kapoor - Christine Keeler, Jenny Macgregor - Johnny Hallyday20171208

Matthew Bannister on a king, an actor, a model, a horse rescuer and a singer.

(Photo: Christine Keeler)

Matthew Bannister on

King Michael of Romania who ruled his country during the second world war and was forced to abdicate by the Soviet Union..

Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor who starred in more than a hundred Hindi films as well as English language titles like Shakespeare Wallah and Heat and Dust.

Christine Keeler, the model who was at the centre of the Profumo Affair in the 1960s.

Jenny MacGregor who rescued thousands of ponies and horses from neglectful or abusive owners.

And Johnny Hallyday, France's best known rock star.

612Max Clifford - Norman Baker - Tony Garrett - Virginia Surtees - Keith Chegwin20171215

(Photo: Keith Chegwin)

Matthew Bannister on

The disgraced publicist Max Clifford who was known as the king of the kiss and tell story, made up many tabloid headlines and was convicted of eight charges of indecent assault against teenage girls.

The adventurer Norman Baker who sailed with Thor Heyerdahl from Morocco to Barbados on a papyrus raft called Ra II.

The businessman Tony Garrett who was chairman of Imperial Tobacco and a pioneer of sponsorship deals in sport and the arts.

The art historian Virginia Surtees who championed the pre-Raphaelite painters.

And Keith Chegwin, much loved children's TV presenter and entertainer.

Matthew Bannister on a publicist, an adventurer, a businessman and a TV presenter.

613Professor Heinz Wolff, Aline Countess Of Romanones, Tony Whitten, Fritz Lustig, Keely Smith2017122220171224 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a bioengineer, a spy, a conservationist, a secret listener, a singer.

Photo: Professor Heinz Wolff

Matthew Bannister on

Professor Heinz Wolff, the bioengineer who was known to millions of TV viewers as the presenter of "The Great Egg Race".

Aline, Countess of Romanones, the model and socialite who wrote best selling books based on her experiences of spying on the Nazis during the war.

Tony Whitten, the passionate conservationist who had eleven species named after him.

Fritz Lustig who worked as a wartime secret listener, eavesdropping on the conversations of German prisoners of war.

And the singer Keely Smith who, with her husband Louis Prima, became one of the most successful Las Vegas acts of the 1950s.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

614Sir Peter Burt, Jill Lever, John Mattock, Peter Duffell And Tom Paley20171229

Photo: Tom Paley

Julian Worricker on:

The businessman Sir Peter Burt, who was in charge of Bank of Scotland when it merged with the Halifax, and was later chairman of ITV

The woman credited with groundbreaking work as an architectural archivist, Jill Lever

The horticulturalist and rose grower, John Mattock, who was chairman of the Chelsea Flower Show for twelve years

The film and TV director, Peter Duffell, whose work included the mini-series The Far Pavilions

American folk singer and musician, Tom Paley.

Julian Worricker on a banker, an archivist, a horticulturalist, a director, a musician.

615Maureen Baker, Richard Cousins, Bronwen Lady Astor Chatelaine Of Cliveden, Meic Povey, Rick Hall20180105

Matthew Bannister on a designer, a businessman, a model, a writer, a producer.

Photo: Maureen Baker

Matthew Bannister on

Maureen Baker who designed clothes for Princess Anne, including her Tudor inspired wedding dress.

Richard Cousins - the Chief Executive who transformed the fortunes of the world's biggest catering company Compass Group.

Lady Astor - the model who was caught up in the Profumo Affair.

Meic Povey - the Welsh playwright who also created award winning films and TV dramas.

Rick Hall who produced classic recordings by soul stars like Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Candi Staton in the town of Muscle Shoals Alabama.

616John W Young, Peter Preston, Raymond Thomas, Sir Brian Neill Qc, Heather Stewart20180112

Matthew Bannister on an astronaut, an editor, a musician, a judge and a pilot.

Photo: John W. Young

Matthew Bannister on

John W. Young the American astronaut who went into in space six times, including landing on the moon and commanding the first space shuttle flight.

Peter Preston the long serving editor of the Guardian who re-designed and modernised the paper.

Ray Thomas the flautist and singer who was a founding member of the Moody Blues.

Sir Brian Neill, the barrister and judge who defended the Sunday Times in the Thalidomide court case.

Heather Stewart, the pilot who risked her life to fly cargo and passengers through war zones in Africa.

617Rick Jolly, Dolores O'riordan, Cyrille Regis, Jenny Joseph, Peter Wyngarde20180119

Matthew Bannister on

Surgeon Captain Rick Jolly, the navy doctor who set up a makeshift field hospital during the Falklands War to treat both British and Argentine casualties.

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Irish band the Cranberries who sold forty million albums.

Cyrille Regis, the West Brom and England striker who experienced racism from fans in the 1980s.

Jenny Joseph who wrote Britain's best loved post war poem "Warning"

Peter Wyngarde the actor who played the TV detective Jason King and partly inspired the Austin Powers films.

Matthew Bannister on a doctor, a singer, a footballer, a poet, an actor.

618Hugh Masekela, Ursula K Le Guin, Mary Lee Berners-lee, John Barton, Mark E Smith20180126

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Photo: Hugh Masekela

Matthew Bannister on

Hugh Masekela the South African jazz trumpeter and anti apartheid activist.

Ursula K. Le Guin whose science fiction and fantasy books sold millions of copies.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, the computer pioneer and mother of the world wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

John Barton the director and writer who taught a generation of actors how to speak Shakespearian verse.

Mark E. Smith, the controversial front man of the post punk band The Fall.

619Ingvar Kamprad, Elizabeth Hawley, Robert Mann, Jon Castle, Dorothy Malone20180202

Julian Worricker on an entrepreneur, a chronicler, a musician, an activist and an actress.

Photo: Dorothy Malone

Julian Worricker on:

Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish entrepreneur who founded Ikea and changed the way we furnish our homes

Elizabeth Hawley, journalist turned chronicler, who documented every Himalayan climb from 1963

The musician, Robert Mann, who was the founding first violinist of the Juilliard Quartet

Jon Castle, the Greenpeace activist who captained the first Rainbow Warrior

Oscar-winning actress Dorothy Malone, famous for her role in Peyton Place.

Archive clips from: Outlook, BBC World Service 16/06/10; Profiles: Ingvar Kamprad: Design for Life, BBC 4 08/07/04; Crude Britannia: The Story of North Sea Oil, ep 3. BBC 4 02/07/09; Radio 4 News 10/07/85; Newsbeat, Radio 1 20/06/95.

620John Mahoney, Hannah Hauxwell, Professor Kenneth Richard Seddon Obe, Sir John Cotterell, Naomi Parker Fraley20180209

Julian Worricker on an actor, a farmer, a chemist, a fundraiser and a feminist icon.

Photo: John Mahoney

Julian Worricker on:

The actor John Mahoney who played Marty Crane in one of America's best-loved sitcoms, Frasier.

Hannah Hauxwell, whose solitary life as a farmer in the Yorkshire Dales, was captured in an award-winning TV documentary.

Scientist Ken Seddon, a global leader in his field of inorganic chemistry and pioneer of so-called 'super solvents'.

Landowner Sir John Cotterell, who helped raise funds to save the Mappa Mundi from being sold by Hereford Cathedral.

And feminist icon, Naomi Parker Fraley, the inspiration for "Rosie the riveter", the factory worker who featured in a US wartime poster.

Archive clips from: The World This Weekend, 12/11/89 Radio 4; The Third Ear, 11/01/89 Radio 3; Woman's Hour, 25/09/90 Radio 4; Too Long A Winter, 30/01/73 Yorkshire Television.

621Morgan Tsvangirai, Douglas Botting, Professor Patricia Lindop, Asma Jahangir, Vic Damone20180216

Matthew Bannister on a politician, an explorer, a scientist, a lawyer, a singer.

Photo: Morgan Tsvangirai

Matthew Bannister on

Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change and Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013.

Douglas Botting, film maker, author and explorer who flew a hot air balloon across Africa and sailed a hovercraft down the Orinoco.

Professor Patricia Lindop, who researched the effects of radiation on human tissue.

Asma Jahangir, the lawyer from Pakistan who campaigned for the rights of the country's persecuted minorities.

And Vic Damone, the crooner who recorded more than two thousand songs.

Interviewed guest: Alex Magaisa
Interviewed guest: Anna Botting
Interviewed guest: Dr Giles Camplin
Interviewed guest: Patricia Dixon
Interviewed guest: Mohammed Hanif

Archive clips from: The Choice, Radio 4 07/12/2004; The World About Us: River of Death, BBC Two 19/01/69; Balloon From Zanzibar, BBC Two 23/08/62; The World About Us: Three Men in a Balloon, BBC Two 13/12/70; On The Bosom of the Air, Radio 4 19/09/1962; Hot to Handle: The Two Faces of Radiation, BBC One 17/03/66; Science and Society, BBC One 22/03/66; Nihal, BBC Asian Network 17/11/2010; Taking A Stand, Radio 4 01/01/2002; Outlook, BBC World Service, 22/11/2010; Woman's Hour, Radio 4, 07/06/2005; The Arthur Askey Variety Show, Radio 4 Extra, 07.06.2015; The John Dunn Show, Radio 2, 01/01/00.

622Billy Graham, Laura Lee, John Morris, John Bosco Mcatasney, John Pitman20180223

Matthew Bannister on an evangelist, a sex worker, a composer, a weaver and a reporter.

Photo: Billy Graham

Matthew Bannister on

The evangelist Billy Graham who preached to millions around the world and offered spiritual advice to 12 American Presidents.

Laura Lee, the sex worker who campaigned for the rights of her colleagues.

John Morris who composed many film soundtracks, including the music for Mel Brooks' comedies The Producers and Blazing Saddles.

John Bosco McAtasney, the last hand weaver of damask linen in Ireland.

And John Pitman, the TV reporter and producer who started his career on Braden's Week and took Sheena Easton into the Big Time. Esther Rantzen pays tribute.

Archive clips from: I GOT UP OUT OF MY SEAT, Radio 4 25/05/2007; THE FROST COLLECTION, Radio 4 20/05/2008; MEN'S HOUR, Radio 5 Live 18/05/2014; COUNTRY TIMES, Radio Ireland 03/04/2000; STILL STANDING, Radio Ireland 06/04/1992; BRADEN'S WEEK, BBC TV 29/4/1972; MAN ALIVE, BBC TV 16/01/1979; THE BIG TIME:SHEENA EASTON:THE MAKING OF A STAR, BBC TV 21/04/1981; JUST ANOTHER DAY: GREYHOUND RACING, BBC TV 12/12/1986.

623Sir Lawrence Byford, Sridevi Kapoor, Dame Beulah Bewley, Ernest Hecht, Lewis Gilbert20180302

Photo: Sridevi Kapoor

Matthew Bannister on

Ernest Hecht, who founded the Souvenir Press, which published books from Nobel prize winners like Pablo Neruda, academics like Noam Chomsky and best sellers on sexual techniques and toilet paper.

Lewis Gilbert who directed Alfie, Educating Rita and three James Bond movies.

Dame Beulah Bewley who carried out significant research into the effects of smoking on children and advanced the cause of women in medicine.

Sir Lawrence Byford, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary who examined the failings of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.

Sridevi Kapoor who was often described as Bollywood's first female superstar.

Archive clips from: NEWS, Radio 4, 21.9.1984; THE REUNION, Radio 4, 26.08.2016; YORKSHIRE RIPPER INVESTIGATION, Radio 4, 19/01/1982

Matthew Bannister on a publisher, a film director, a doctor, a police officer, a film star

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

624Trevor Baylis, Lerone Bennett Jr, Penny Vincenzi, Ian Aitken, Sir Roger Bannister2018030920180311 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on

Trevor Baylis, the eccentric inventor who came up with the wind up radio.

Lerone Bennett, the American academic who wrote many influential books on black history including "Before the Mayflower".

Penny Vincenzi the best selling novelist who told stories of glamorous heroines, romance and business intrigue.

Ian Aitken one of the UK's most influential political columnists. Jim Naughtie pays tribute.

Sir Roger Bannister, the neurologist who was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. We'll find out what happened when he tried to help me do the same.

Producer: Neil George

Photo: Sir Roger Bannister

Matthew Bannister on

Trevor Baylis, the eccentric inventor who came up with the wind up radio.

Lerone Bennett, the American academic who wrote many influential books on black history including "Before the Mayflower".

Penny Vincenzi the best selling novelist who told stories of glamorous heroines, romance and business intrigue.

Ian Aitken one of the UK's most influential political columnists. Jim Naughtie pays tribute.

Sir Roger Bannister, the neurologist who was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. We'll find out what happened when he tried to help me do the same.

Producer: Neil George

Archive clips from: MATTHEW BANNISTER, Radio 5 Live 5.5.2004; TOMORROW'S WORLD, BBC TV 24.9.1997 and 15.4.1994; GO4IT, BBC TV 11.5.2008; ABRAHAM LINCOLN:SAINT OR SINNER, BBC TV 3.2.2011; RADIO 2 ARTS PROGRAMME 13.10.2000; KALEIDOSCOPE, RADIO 4 14.11.1995.

Matthew Bannister on an inventor, a historian, a novelist, a columnist and a runner.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

625Professor Stephen Hawking, Hubert De Givenchy, Michele Hanson, Sir John Sulston, Sir Ken Dodd2018031620180318 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Matthew Bannister on a cosmologist, a designer, a columnist, a biologist and a comedian.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Professor Stephen Hawking

Matthew Bannister on

Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world's best known scientists who carried out pioneering research into black holes. The Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees pays tribute.

Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who dressed Audrey Hepburn.

Michele Hanson who wrote a popular newspaper column about her struggles to bring up her teenage daughter. That daughter - Amy - pays tribute.

Sir John Sulston, the biologist who led the project to sequence the human genome.

And the comedian Sir Ken Dodd, whose shows could last into the early hours of the morning.

Archive clips from:TODAY PROGRAMME, RADIO 4 14/3/2018; THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE:THE SEARCH FOR THE LAWS OF CREATION, BBC TV 27/01/1977; KEN DODD:HOW TICKLED I'VE BEEN, RADIO 2 03/11/2007; DESERT ISLAND DISCS, RADIO 4 03/06/1990; HOME TRUTHS, RADIO 4 03/01/2004; LATE NIGHT WOMAN’S HOUR, RADIO 4 26/05/2017; THE LIFE SCIENTIFIC, RADIO 4 29/11/2011; DESERT ISLAND DISCS, RADIO 4 13/05/2001

626Brenda Dean, William Mcalpine, Keith O'brien, Katie Boyle, Garech Browne20180323

Matthew Bannister on a union leader, a businessman, a cardinal, a presenter, a folklorist.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Lady Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde

Matthew Bannister on

Lady Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde who, as Brenda Dean, was the leader of the print union Sogat during the bitter Wapping dispute of 1986.

Sir William McAlpine who combined running the family construction business with a passion for saving the UK's railway heritage, including the Flying Scotsman.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien who resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh after apologising for sexual misconduct.

Katie Boyle, the TV and radio broadcaster who presented the Eurovision Song Contest.

Garech Browne, who devoted himself to recording and promoting Ireland's traditional music.

Archive clips from: WOMAN'S HOUR, RADIO 4 23/08/1981; A LIFE IN QUESTION, RADIO 4 21/12/2003; BBC NEWS, RADIO 4 24/02/2010; SUNDAY, RADIO 4 19/03/2012; THE REUNION, RADIO 4 25/08/2017; LEGENDS:THE CHIEFTAINS, BBC TV 14/03/2008; FRANCIS BACON: A BRUSH WITH VIOLENCE, BBC TV 28/01/2017.

627Charles P Lazarus, Marielle Franco, John Brookes, Zena Skinner, Oskar Groning2018033020180401 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Zena Skinner

Julian Worricker on:

Charles P Lazarus, the founder of Toys 'R' Us - a store chain which, for decades, captured the hearts of consumers around the world

Brazilian political activist Marielle Franco, who grew up in the favelas and was elected to Rio city council

Landscape designer John Brookes, described as 'the man who made the modern garden'....

Zena Skinner, one of the most popular chefs on television in the 1960s and 70s

And convicted Nazi war criminal, Oskar Groning, who became known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz

Archive clips from: AUSCHWITZ: THE NAZIS AND ‘THE FINAL SOLUTION’, BBC ONE 11/01/2005; GARDENER’S WORLD, BBC TWO; GARDENER’S QUESTION TIME, RADIO 4

628Winnie Madikizela-mandela, Drue Heinz Dbe, Ray Wilkins Mbe, Eric Bristow, Steven Bochco2018040620180408 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a campaigner, a philanthropist, a footballer, a darts player.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Matthew Bannister on

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who was one of the leading anti apartheid campaigners in South Africa, but also faced allegations of being involved in violence and fraud.

Drue Heinz, who used the money from her husband's canned food business to become a major supporter of writers and artists.

Ray Wilkins, the footballer who captained England and played for 12 different clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United.

Eric Bristow, five times world darts champion.

And Steven Bochco, the American TV writer and producer who brought us Hill Street Blues and LA Law.

Archive clips: Sport on Four, Radio 4 12/01/1985; Sporting Greats, BBC TV 30/03/1999; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 02/10/1986.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

629Gillian Ayres, Efra-n Ros Montt, David Cobham, Nikki Sievwright, Fergus Anckorn2018041320180415 (R4)

Photo: Gillian Ayers

Matthew Bannister on

The artist Gillian Ayers, known for her large, exuberant abstract paintings, which reflected her exuberant character.

General Efraín Ríos Montt, the Guatemalan dictator who was convicted of genocide against his own people.

David Cobham, the naturalist and film maker who brought Tarka the Otter to the screen.

Nikki Sievwright, the Sixties model who went on to serve in the Ulster Defence Regiment.

Fergus Anckorn, who used his skill as a magician to win food for his fellow inmates in Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

630Barbara Bush, Milos Forman, Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Livia Gollancz, Dale Winton2018042020180422 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a First Lady, a director, a conservationist, a publisher, a presenter

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Matthew Bannister on

Barbara Bush, the first woman in history to see both her husband and son sworn in as President of the USA.

Milos Forman, the film director who made Amadeus and the multi Oscar winning One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Dame Daphne Sheldrick who devoted her life to saving elephants orphaned by poachers and other Kenyan wild animals.

Livia Gollancz, the french horn player who took over the running of the family's successful publishing house from her father.

And Dale Winton who presented Pick of the Pops on radio and Supermarket Sweep on TV.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

631Avicii (tim Bergling), Ruth Nussenzweig, Anita Shreve, Guy Playfair, Bob Bura2018042720180429 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Matthew Bannister on a DJ, a medical researcher, a novelist, a ghost hunter, an animator.

Matthew Bannister on

Avicii, the Swedish DJ whose songs became anthems for millions of festival goers around the world. He was found dead aged 28 in Oman.

Dr. Ruth Nussenzweig the medical researcher who laid the foundations for the development of a vaccine for malaria.

Anita Shreve, the author of 18 novels, including The Pilot's Wife which sold more than three million copies.

Guy Playfair, the ghost hunter who investigated the controversial Enfield Poltergeist in the 1970s.

And Bob Bura, half of the animation team that brought us Trumpton, Camberwick Green and Chigley.

632Lord Martin Of Springburn, Gustav Born, Valerie Riches, Caroline Brown, Michael Anderson2018050420180506 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on an MP, a musician, a campaigner, a pharmacologist and a film director

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Matthew Bannister on

Lord Martin of Springburn: the former House of Commons speaker Michael Martin. He resigned after MPs lost confidence in his handling of the row over their expenses.

Caroline Brown, the cellist who founded the Hanover Band to perform the works of Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert on period instruments.

Valerie Riches, who campaigned for traditional family values and against abortion.

Gustav Born, the pharmacologist who made significant discoveries about blood clotting.

Michael Anderson, the prolific film director best known for making The Dam Busters.

Producer: Neil George.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

633Bruce Tulloh, Emma Smith, Professor Peter Waddington, Dowager Countess Of Harewood, Ronald Chesney2018051120180513 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a runner, an author, a sociologist, a Countess and a comedy writer.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Matthew Bannister on

Bruce Tulloh, who ran across the United States in record time and became European 5,000 metres champion barefoot.

Emma Smith the author of an acclaimed novel based on her travels to India with Laurie Lee.

Professor Peter Waddington the sociologist who studied policing and came up with the technique of "kettling" to control street protests

The Dowager Countess of Harewood, an Australian former model whose affair with the married Earl caused a scandal in the 1960s.

And Ronald Chesney, half of the writing partnership that brought us the hit TV sitcoms The Rag Trade and On The Buses.

Presenter: Matthew Bannister
Producer: Neil George.

634Baroness Jowell, Will Alsop, Tom Wolfe, Dennis Nilsen2018051820180520 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Matthew Bannister on a politician, a writer, a murderer and an architect.

Matthew Bannister on

Baroness Jowell - the former Labour Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell - who led the campaign to bring the Olympic Games to London and supported the survivors of the 7/7 bombings.

Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities and a pioneer of using literary techniques to tell factual stories.

Dennis Nilsen, who killed up to fifteen young men at his home in North London before dismembering their bodies. Kate Adie recalls covering the story for the BBC.

And Will Alsop, the maverick architect who won the Stirling Prize for designing the Peckham Library in South London.

Presenter: Matthew Bannister
Producer: Neil George.

635Beth Chatto, Philip Roth, Doreen Simmons, Khurshid Drabu, June Milne.2018052520180527 (R4)

Julian Worricker on a gardener, an author, a judge, a sumo expert, a publisher.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Philip Roth

Julian Worricker on:

Beth Chatto, the gardener and writer regarded as one of the most influential horticulturists of the past 50 years

The multiple award-winning American novelist, Philip Roth...author of Portnoy's Complaint and American Pastoral

Doreen Simmons, who moved to Japan in her forties and became an authority on sumo wrestling

Britain's first Muslim judge, Khurshid Drabu, described as a pioneer in promoting community cohesion

And June Milne, writer, publisher, and trusted guardian of the works of independent Ghana's first leader, Kwame Nkrumah.

Archive clips from: The Cancer of Betrayal, 03/03/07 Radio 4; Woman's Hour, 18/08/08 Radio 4; Gardening Gurus, 30/01/00 Radio 4; Front Row, 27/06/11 Radio 4; The World Tonight, 15/07/05 Radio 4; Sumo wrestling commentary, NHK TV.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

636John Ashdown-hill, Anne Coates Obe, Dr Davida Coady, Samuel F 'ted' Dabney, Brendan Ingle2018060120180603 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a film editor, a historian, a doctor, a video game pioneer, a trainer

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Anne Coates OBE

Matthew Bannister on the prolific film editor Anne Coates, who worked on Laurence of Arabia, The Elephant Man and Fifty Shades of Grey.

John Ashdown-Hill, the historian who helped to discover the bones of Richard III under a Leicester car park.

Dr Davida Coady who travelled the world from Biafra to Honduras helping the sick and starving.

Ted Dabney - one half of the partnership that started the successful computer games company Atari

Brendan Ingle, the Sheffield based boxing trainer who developed the careers of Herol "Bomber" Graham and "Prince" Naseem Hamed.

Archive clips from: Back Row, Radio 4 15/12/00; Front Row, Radio 4 07/12/16; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 13/02/07; BBC News 24, 04/02/13; People's Century 1954: Living Longer, WGBH and BBC Worldwide 05/01/97; Newsnight, BBC Two 27/10/81; Sport on 4, Radio 4 04/03/95; World Championship Snooker, BBC Two 03/05/09.

637Peter Stringfellow, Graham Corbett, Kate Spade, Lord John Julius Norwich, Eli Avivi2018060820180610 (R4)

Tina Daheley on a nightclub owner, a businessman, a fashion designer and a historian.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Photo: Peter Stringfellow

Tina Daheley on the nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow, who introduced nude table dancing to Britain.

Graham Corbett, the first Chairman of Postcomm, and Eurotunnel's chief financial officer.

Kate Spade, American fashion designer who rose to fame with her range of handbags in the 1990s.

John Julius Norwich, aristocratic man of letters, historian, travel writer and broadcaster.

Eli Avivi, self-proclaimed president of the independent state of Achzivland in Israel.

Interviewed guest: Fiona Lafferty
Interviewed guest: Anne Corbett
Interviewed guest: Robert Peston
Interviewed guest: Artemis Cooper
Interviewed guest: Raffi Berg

Archive clips from: BBC Radio Sheffield, 2012; Archive Hour: Clubbin', 21/09/2002 Radio 4; God of the Week, 01/01/94 Radio 1; Richard Bacon: Peter Stringfellow and Adam Henson, 01/03/2011 5 Live; The Today Programme, 26/03/2001 Radio 4; The Today Programme, 03/10/02 Radio 4; Chronicle: The Fall of Constantinople, 25/11/1967 BBC TV; Round Britain Quiz, 20/09/93 Radio 4; Frogmore House: A Royal Retreat, 09/08/90 BBC TV; Desert Island Discs, 02/11/97 Radio 4.

638Peter Mayer, Professor Celia Brackenridge Obe, Anthony Bourdain, Leslie Grantham, Teddy Johnson2018061520180617 (R4)

Tina Daheley on a publisher, a sports scientist, a chef, an actor and a singer.

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Photo: Leslie Grantham

Tina Daheley on Peter Mayer, the publisher who was given a fatwa for printing 'The Satanic Verses'.
Professor Celia Brackenridge, the sports scientist who campaigned for child protection in sport.
Anthony Bourdain, American TV chef and author of 'Kitchen Confidential'.
Leslie Grantham, the actor better known as 'Dirty Den' in EastEnders.
Singer Teddy Johnson, part of the double act with Pearl Carr, who represented the UK in the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest.

Archive clips from: Kaleidoscope, Radio 4 20/10/1985; View at the Top, Radio 4 03/09/1985; Bookshelf, Radio 4 02/06/1985; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 05/05/2008; Front Row, Radio 4 14/08/2000; Midweek, Radio 4 23/01/2002; Book of the Week, Radio 4 23/01/2002; A Cook's Tour, Radio 4 Extra 25/11/2010; Kitchen Confidential, Radio 4 Extra 28/05/17; The Gloria Hunniford Show, Radio 2 08/07/1991; Desmond Carrington's Icons of the 50s, Radio 2 18/01/2011; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 09/04/1989.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

639Gennady Rozhdestvensky Cbe, Maria Bueno, Gena Turgel, Zhao Kangmin, Leo Sarkisian2018062220180624 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a conductor, a tennis player, a holocaust survivor, an archaeologist.

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Photo: Maria Bueno

Matthew Bannister on

The conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky who brought Russian music to the UK - and British music to Russia.

Maria Bueno, the Brazilian tennis player who won Wimbledon three times.

Gena Turgel the holocaust survivor who married one of the British soldiers who liberated her.

Zhao Kangmin, the Chinese archaeologist who played an important role in the discovery of the Terracotta Army.

Leo Sarkisian the musicologist who travelled across Africa and brought back countless recordings for the Voice of America radio station.

Interviewed guest: Robert Slotover
Interviewed guest: Gerard McBurney
Interviewed guest: Richard Evans
Interviewed guest: Karen Pollock
Interviewed guest: Paul Martin
Interviewed guest: John Man
Interviewed guest: Maria Margaronis

Archive clips from: Prom 31, BBC Proms 2007, Radio 3, 05/08/2007; Proms on One, BBC One, 04/09/1992; The Gloria Hunniford Show, Radio 2, 08/07/1991; Radio 1 Newsbeat, 13/04/1995; Remembrance Week, BBC One, 05/11/2012; The Time of Your Life, BBC TV, 30/07/1985; Origins: The Burial of China's First Emperor, Radio 4, 13/07/1980.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

640Joe Jackson, Paul Lamplugh Obe, Myrtle Allen, Daisy Kadibil, Paddy Feeny2018062920180701 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a manager, a campaigner, a chef, an escapee and a broadcaster.

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Photo: Joe Jackson

Matthew Bannister on

Joe Jackson who drilled his children into becoming the Jackson Five, but was accused of abusive and violent behaviour by his most successful son, Michael.

Paul Lamplugh, whose daughter Suzy was abducted and never found. He worked with his wife to campaign for greater safety for women working alone.

Myrtle Allen, the chef who pioneered farm-to-table cooking at her family home in Ireland and became the country's first woman to win a Michelin star.

Daisy Kadibil whose one thousand two hundred mile walk across Australia inspired the film Rabbit-Proof Fence.

And Paddy Feeny who presented Top of the Form and sport on the BBC World Service for more than thirty years.

Archive clips from: Woman's Hour, Radio 4 17/04/2006; The Best Dishes Ever, BBC Two 18/02/2016; Saturday Kitchen Best Bites, BBC Two 23/03/2014; The Best Dishes Ever, BBC Two 18/02/2016; MasterChef, BBC One 07/07/1991; Rabbit-Proof Fence, BBC One 26/12/2008; Top of the Form, Radio 4 22/12/1981.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

641Dame Gillian Lynne, Peter Firmin, Reinhard Hardegen, Alan Longmuir2018070620180708 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on a choreographer, an animator, a U-boat captain and a pop star.

Photo: Dame Gillian Lynne

Matthew Bannister on:

The choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, best known for her work on Cats and the Phantom of the Opera.

Peter Firmin who, with his partner Oliver Postgate, created beloved children's TV characters like the Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss.

Reinhard Hardegen the last surviving U boat ace who took part in attacks on the East Coast of America in 1942

and Alan Longmuir, founder member of the Bay City Rollers.

Archive clips from: Front Row, Radio 4, TX 2.7.2018.

642Lord Carrington, Karen Finch, Claude Lanzmann, Harlan Ellison2018071320180715 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on a politician, a textile conservator, a film maker and a writer.

Photo: Lord Carrington

Matthew Bannister on

Lord Carrington, the Conservative Foreign Secretary who resigned after the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

Karen Finch, the textile conservator who restored the garments of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Marlene Dietrich among many others.

Claude Lanzmann, the French film maker best known for Shoah, the nine and a half hour documentary about the holocaust.

Harlan Ellison, the outspoken American science fiction writer who published 70 books, more than 400 short stories and countless essays.

Producer: Neil George.

643Oliver Knussen Cbe, Barbara Harrell-bond Obe, Sam Chisholm, Steve Ditko, Anna S\u00e1ndor De K\u00e9nos2018072020180722 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Julian Worricker on a musician, an anthropologist, a media boss, an artist, an aristocrat.

Pictured: Oliver Knussen

Julian Worricker on:

British composer and conductor, Oliver Knussen, described as a towering figure in contemporary music....

Barbara Harrell-Bond, who founded and then directed the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University....

The media executive, Sam Chisholm, who drove the development of multi-channel television in Britain....

Steve Ditko, the American artist and writer best known as co-creator of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange...

and the last Transylvanian aristocrat to have lived through the communist purges, Anna Sandor de Kenos.

Archive clips from: Jonathan Ross in Search of Steve Ditko, BBC Four, 16/09/07; Music Matters, Radio 3, 09/07/18; Horizon: Exodus, BBC Two, 06/03/95; Breakfast Time, BBC One, 05/01/89.

644Charles Gimingham, Felicia Langer, Julian Tudor Hart, Anne Olivier Popham Bell, Adrian Cronauer2018072720180729 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Julian Worricker on an ecologist, a lawyer, a doctor, an editor, and a disc jockey.

Pictured: Anne Olivier Popham Bell

Julian Worricker on:

Charles Gimingham, an environmentalist, described as the foremost expert on heather and moorland landscapes....

Human rights lawyer, Felicia Langer, who represented many Palestinians in the Israeli courts....

Campaigning doctor, Julian Tudor Hart, who pioneered the regular monitoring of blood pressure in patients....

Art historian, Anne Olivier Bell, who edited the five volumes of Virginia Woolf's diaries....

And the real-life Good Morning Vietnam DJ, Adrian Cronauer, inspiration for the film starring Robin Williams...

Archive clips from: Assignment: A Report From The Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights, Radio 4, 07/04/1982; On Behalf of the Working Class, BBC Wales, 07/11/1982; The Good Doctor, BBC TV/Worldwide, 07/10/1996; Newsnight, BBC Two, 23/01/2008; George Orwell Back at the BBC, Radio 4, 05/11/2017; Panorama: Life at 100, BBC One, 23/10/2017; Dear Diary, Episode 2, BBC Four, 11/01/2010; Good Morning Vietnam Revisited, Radio 2, 13/04/2015.

645Mary Ellis, Shinobu Hashimoto, Dr William Mcbride Ao, Cbe, Dr Lincoln Brower, Mahendra Kaul2018080320180805 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a pilot, a screenwriter, a doctor, a lepidopterist and a broadcaster.

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Pictured: Mary Ellis

Matthew Bannister on

Mary Ellis - a leading pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary who risked her life to deliver fighters and bombers during the war.

Shinobu Hashimoto, the screenwriter who teamed up with the director Akira Kurosawa to make great classics of Japanese cinema, including the Seven Samurai and Rashomon.

Dr William McBride, the Australian obstetrician who raised the alarm about the terrible side effects of the drug Thalidomide.

Lincoln Brower who devoted his life to the study and protection of the Monarch butterfly.

Mahendra Kaul, the pioneering Indian TV and radio broadcaster who was the face of the BBC's Asian Programmes Unit for 20 years.

Archive clips from: 'Spitfire Women', BBC Four 18/09/2010; 'Supersense', BBC TV 23/01/1989; Sonia Deol, Asian Network 27/12/2011; 'Ten Million Wings', Radio 4 16/03/2004.

646Tony Bullimore, Aiko Herzig-yoshinaga, Barry Chuckle, June Jacobs, Tommy Peoples2018081020180812 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on a yachtsman, a campaigner, a comedian, an activist, a fiddle player.

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Pictured: Barry Chuckle

Matthew Bannister on

Tony Bullimore, the self styled "Del Boy of yacht racing" who was trapped under the hull of his boat for 4 days during a solo round the world race.

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, the Japanese American woman who was interned in the USA during the World War Two and later fought for and won a presidential apology and compensation for her fellow inmates.

Barry Chuckle - one half of the Chuckle Brothers who entertained a generation of children on TV.

June Jacobs, the Jewish activist who caused controversy by meeting members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Tommy Peoples, the award winning Irish fiddle player of the Bothy Band.

Producer: Paul Waters

Archive clips from: BBC News 20/06/73; ChuckleVision, BBC TV.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

647Aretha Franklin, Vs Naipaul, Winston Ntshona, Nan Joyce2018081720180819 (R4)

Matthew Bannister on an author, an activist, an actor and a singer.

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Pictured: Aretha Franklin

Matthew Bannister on

Sir VS Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author of acclaimed books including "A House For Mr Biswas" and "A Bend in The River". He was a controversial figure who fell out with some of his fellow writers and was accused of cruelty in his relationships.

Nan Joyce, who campaigned for the rights of Ireland's travelling people.

Winston Ntshona,, the South African actor who won a Tony award for his Broadway performance in Athol Fugard's play "Sizwe Banze Is Dead" but was arrested by the apartheid government on his return home.

And the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin.

Producer: Paul Waters

Archive clips from: African and Caribbean Writing: A House for Mr Biswas, Radio 4 03/05/1981; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 05/07/1980; Profile, Radio 4 11/05/1984; Omnibus, Radio 1 21/04/1988; Paul Gambaccini: Aretha Franklin Interview, Radio 1 01/01/2000; Night Waves, Radio 3 19/03/2007.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

648Kofi Annan, Janice Tchalenko, Hugh Synge, Helen Macleod, Hettie Williams2018082420180826 (R4)

Julian Worricker on a diplomat, a ceramicist, a botanist, a harpist and a teacher.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Pictured: Kofi Annan

Julian Worricker on:

Diplomat Kofi Annan, who rose through the ranks of the United Nations, to serve as its secretary-general for nine years....

Janice Tchalenko, a ceramicist, designer and artist, who bridged the gap between art and large-scale production...

The botanist, Hugh Synge, voted one of the 20 most influential British conservationists....

One of the finest harp players of her generation - Helen MacLeod - a champion of the music of the West Highlands of Scotland...

And Hettie Williams, who at 23, led her class of terrified pupils to safety during the Aberfan disaster.

Archive clips from: Night Waves, Radio 3 10/10/2012; Surviving Aberfan, BBC Four 20/10/2016; Saturday Review, BBC TV 02/11/1985; See Hear, BBC TV 01/02/2012.

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

649Lindsay Kemp, John Calder, Hilary Lister, John Calcutt, Neil Simon2018083120180902 (R4)

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme

Julian Worricker on a dancer, a publisher, a sailor, an academic and a playwright.

Pictured: Lindsay Kemp

Julian Worricker on:

The dancer and choreographer, Lindsay Kemp, who worked alongside David Bowie and Kate Bush.

John Calder, the influential publisher, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship.

The record-breaking sailor, Hilary Lister, who became the first quadriplegic person to sail across the English Channel.

John Calcutt, who shaped the contemporary visual art scene in Scotland at the Glasgow School of Art.

And the award-winning American playwright, screenwriter and author, Neil Simon.

Interviewed guest: David Haughton
Interviewed guest: Kate Bush
Interviewed guest: Bill Swainson
Interviewed guest: Pauline Rudd
Interviewed guest: Francis McKee
Interviewed guest: Matt Wolf

Archive clips from: Woman's Hour, Radio 4 22/01/1969; Private Passions, Radio 3 25/03/2000; Censorship In Modern Britain: Radio 4 Reports, 12/12/68; Radio 2 Arts Programme: Simply Simon, 27/04/1997; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 14/05/1995; A Race Against Time: Hilary Lister's Round Britain Dream, BBC Two 14/07/2013; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 11/07/1989; Third Ear, Radio 3 06/05/1991.

650Burt Reynolds, Lord Peter Melchett, Rita Borsellino, Ajit Wadekar2018090720180909 (R4)

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Pictured: Burt Reynolds

Matthew Bannister on

The prolific career of the movie star Burt Reynolds. The 'Deliverance' director John Boorman pays tribute.

The environmental campaigner Lord Melchett who, as executive director of Greenpeace, was arrested during a protest against GM crops.

The Italian anti-mafia campaigner Rita Borsellino who took up the cause after her brother was killed by a car bomb.

And the Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadeker, who led the national side to victory against the West Indies and England in the 1970s.

Archive clips from: Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 30/01/2000; Outlook, World Service 16/03/2017; Test Match Special: Seasons To Savour, Radio 4 1971.

Matthew Bannister on a film star, an environmentalist, a campaigner, a cricketer.

Pictured: Burt Reynolds

Matthew Bannister on

The prolific career of the movie star Burt Reynolds. The 'Deliverance' director John Boorman pays tribute.

The environmental campaigner Lord Melchett who, as executive director of Greenpeace, was arrested during a protest against GM crops.

The Italian anti-mafia campaigner Rita Borsellino who took up the cause after her brother was killed by a car bomb.

And the Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the national side to victory against the West Indies and England in the 1970s.

Archive clips from: Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 30/01/2000; Outlook, World Service 16/03/2017; Test Match Special: Seasons To Savour, Radio 4 1971.

651Lady Coleridge, Jalaluddin Haqqani, Jacqueline Pearce, Lord Thomas Of Macclesfield, Stan Brock2018091420180916 (R4)

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Matthew Bannister on a nurse, a warlord, an actor, a banker and a cowboy.

Pictured: Jacqueline Pearce

Matthew Bannister on

Lady Coleridge, the nurse and adventurer who explored the Congo river with Colonel John Blashford-Snell. He pays tribute.

Jalaluddin Haqqani, the Afghan warlord who was backed by the CIA to fight the Soviets but sided with the Taliban after the civil war.

Jacqueline Pearce, the actor best known for playing villains in "Blake's Seven" and "Dr Who".

Lord Thomas, the Chief Executive who introduced ethical banking at the Co-op.

And Stan Brock , the cowboy and pilot who provided free health care to thousands in the USA.

Producer: Neil George.

652Denis Norden, Diane Leather, Johnny Kingdom, Fenella Fielding2018092120180923 (R4)

Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Andrea Catherwood on a comedy writer, an athlete, a wildlife expert and an actress.

Pictured: Denis Norden

Andrea Catherwood on Denis Norden, the television presenter and comedy writer who made Britain laugh for half a century.
Diane Leather, the first woman in the world to break the 5-minute mile, just 23 days after Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute barrier, but achieved much less acclaim.
Johnny Kingdom, the poacher turned filmmaker who enthralled TV audiences with his love and knowledge of wildlife in his native Exmoor and beyond, and became an unlikely celebrity in the process.
And Fenella Fielding, the femme fatale with a throaty drawl and come-hither stare best known for her roles in the Carry On and Doctor comedy capers.

Interviewed guest: Russell Davies
Interviewed guest: Lindsey Armstrong
Interviewed guest: Anna Kessel
Interviewed guest: Richard Taylor Jones
Interviewed guest: Robert Chalmers

Archive clips from: Gabby Logan, Radio 5 Live 12/10/2008; The Original Godfathers, Radio 4 27/03/2007; The Robert Peston Interview Show, Radio 4 07/09/2015; Midlands Today 06/05/2004; Midweek, Radio 4 14/05/2008; Loose Ends, Radio 4 31/05/2008; This Land: Johnny's Kingdom, BBC Two 14/04/2000; Johnny Kingdom: A Year on Exmoor, BBC Two 13/10/2006; Valmouth, Radio 4 28/04/1975; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 05/06/1965; Front Row, Radio 4 17/11/2017.

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Matthew Bannister tells the life stories of people who have recently died.

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