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Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently

Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently
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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently

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English


Episodes

Lord Hutchinson of Lullington QC, Linda Nochlin, Dennis Banks, Geoff Tootill, Tim Gudgin

11/17/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:59


Antonio Carluccio, Sima Wali, Richard Wilbur, Mary Reveley, Dudley Simpson

11/10/2017
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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:...

Duration: 00:28:04


Harold Pendleton, Glenn Barr, Iona Opie, Gary Flather QC OBE, Sir John Manduell

11/3/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:57


Daphne Caruana Galizia, Fats Domino, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Geoffrey Schild, Rosemary Leach

10/27/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:00


Sean Hughes, Sir Brian Barder, David Marks, Major Khush Ahmad-ul-Mulk, Marge Calhoun

10/20/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:50


Lillian Ross, Jalal Talabani, Terry Downes, Sybil Flory, Hedley Jones

10/13/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:04


Tony Booth, Liliane Bettencourt, William G Stewart, Tom Petty

10/6/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:05


Hugh Hefner, Stanislav Petrov, Teddy Taylor, Liz Dawn

9/29/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:27:57


David Shepherd, Nancy Hatch Dupree, Gordon Williams, Pat Albeck, Harry Dean Stanton

9/22/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:00


Sir Peter Hall, Kate Millett, Sir Edward du Cann, JP Donleavy

9/15/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:55


Sir David Tang, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Walter Becker

9/8/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:25


Dick Gregory, Jeannie Rousseau, Wayne Lotter, Sean O'Callaghan, John Abercrombie

9/1/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:02


Abu Kifah, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Brian Aldiss, Blanche Blackwell, Jerry Lewis

8/25/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:00


Barbara Cook, Sister Ruth Pfau, Richard Gordon, Prof UR Rao

8/18/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:13


Glen Campbell, Dame Helen Alexander, Prunella Briance, Clancy Sigal

8/11/2017
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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.

Duration: 00:27:59


Robert Hardy, David Jones, Jeanne Moreau, Mark Wilkinson, Sam Shepard

8/4/2017
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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,...

Duration: 00:27:56


Mary Turner, Chester Bennington, Scharlette Holdman, Orri Vigfusson and George A Romero

7/28/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:59


Chuck Blazer, Maryam Mirzakhani, Bryan Avery, Peter McHugh, Martin Landau

7/21/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:27:56


Simone Veil, Graham Rose, Tom Isaacs, Liu Xiaobo, Ken Hirst

7/14/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:15


Barry Norman, Gordon Wilson, Geri Allen, John Thompson, Jack O'Neill

7/7/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:28:00

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