Last Word

Radio 4's obituary programme, analysing and reflecting on the lives 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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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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Jane Little presents the obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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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.

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

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Jane Little presents the obituaries programme.

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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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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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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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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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John Wheeler, Paul Arden, Klaus Dinger, EA Markham, Gwyneth Dunwoody

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Edward Lorenz, Hazel Court, Nikolai Baibakov, Aime Cesaire and Sam Toy.

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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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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.

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

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Geoffrey Perkins, Yuri Nosenko, Ken Campbell and Phill Hill.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

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.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

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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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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.

John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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JG Ballard, Jack Jones, Peter Rogers, Lord George and Zeke Zarchey.

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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.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

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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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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.

Matthew Bannister presents the obituary series.

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 obituaries programme.

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Jane Little

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

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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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Obituary programme presented by John Wilson.

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.

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

John Wilson presents the obituary series.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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:

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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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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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 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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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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Matthew Bannister 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.

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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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.

Matthew Bannister on

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.

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Matthew Bannister on

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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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.

278Brian Haw - Mike Waterson - Yelena Bonner - Mietek Pemper2011062420110626

Matthew Bannister on

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.

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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.

281Betty Ford, The Earl Of Harewood, Betty Callaway And Josef Suk2011071520110717

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

Jane Little presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries 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.

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.

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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.

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With Jane Little.

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

Jane Little presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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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.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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Matthew Bannister on

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.

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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.

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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.

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Matthew Bannister presents Radio 4's weekly obituaries programme.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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John Wilson on

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.

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 life stories of people who have recently died.

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.

322Khalil Dale - Leila Berg - Tomas Borge - Terry Spinks - Rev Ray Davey2012050420120506

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;

323Vidal Sassoon - Angelica Garnett - Maurice Sendak - Lloyd Brevett2012051120120513

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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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.

326Leopold De Rothschild - Donald Dunn - Elisabeth Tomalin - Colin Mcintyre2012060120120603

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.

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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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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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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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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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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Matthew Bannister on

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.

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.

335Maeve Binchy, Gore Vidal, Ann Atkinson And Geoffrey Hughes2012080320120805

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.

336Robert Hughes, Sir Bernard Lovell, Lakshmi Sehgal, Sir John Keegan And Franz West2012081020120812

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.

338Nina Bawden, Tony Scott, Eileen Beasley And Scott Mckenzie2012082420120826

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.

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.

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.

341Derek Jameson, Griselda Blanco, Allan Horsfall, Terry Nutkins And Joe South20120914

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.

342Prof Sid Watkins, Bill Moggridge, Stanley Long, George Hurst And Ken Mcmanus20120921

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.

343Andy Williams, Charlie Richardson, Gertrude Hughes, Herbert Lom And Eva Figes2012092820120930

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.

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

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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