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

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

    Michael Apted, Kay Ullrich, Katharine Whitehorn, Reginald Foster

    Michael Apted, Kay Ullrich, Katharine Whitehorn, Reginald Foster

    Julian Worricker on the film-maker Michael Apted, famous for his work on the 7UP documentary series, but who also directed nearly 30 feature films.

    Kay Ullrich, an MSP after the first elections to the Scottish parliament, who Nicola Sturgeon described as one of the most influential figures in her life.

    Katharine Whitehorn, whose column in the Observer revolutionised the journalism that women wrote....and read.

    And the Vatican Latinist, Reginald Foster, who served four Popes, and who would never acknowledge that the language he was expert in was anything other than alive.

    Producer: Neil George

    Interviewed guest: Claire Lewis
    Interviewed guest: Shelley Joffre
    Interviewed guest: Nicola Sturgeon
    Interviewed guest: Julie Welch
    Interviewed guest: David Willey

    Archive from: Today Programme, Radio 4 TX 8.1.2021; On Top of A Column, Radio 4 TX 14.7.1971; A Point of View, Radio 4 TX 12.9.2008; Reginald Foster, High Priest of Latin, Radio 4 TX 16.4.1992; Today Programme, Radio 4 TX 27.12.2008; A World in Your Ear, Radio 4 TX 19.12.2003

    • 27 min
    Sir Brian Urquhart, Albert Roux, Dame Rachel Waterhouse, Gerry Marsden

    Sir Brian Urquhart, Albert Roux, Dame Rachel Waterhouse, Gerry Marsden

    Matthew Bannister on

    Sir Brian Urquhart, the international civil servant and war veteran who played a key role in setting up United Nations peacekeeping forces.

    Albert Roux, the French-born chef who, with his brother Michel, helped to revolutionise the quality of British restaurant cooking.

    Dame Rachel Waterhouse, the chair of the Consumers’ Association whose campaigns were behind many significant improvements in consumer legislation.

    And Gerry Marsden, lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers, best known for his hit versions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey”.

    Interviewed guest: Alison Bernays
    Interviewed guest: Andrew Gilmour
    Interviewed guest: Rowley Leigh
    Interviewed guest: Brian Yates
    Interviewed guest: Peter Parfet
    Interviewed guest: Spencer Leigh

    Producer: Neil George

    Archive clips used: Profile: Brian Urquhart, Radio 4, 28.2.1981; Pathe News – Shaping the Future; The Liberation of Bergen Belsen –WS Historic Moments; Desert Island Discs: Albert & Michel Roux, Radio 4, 1986; Albert & Michel Roux on Roux Scholarship – YouTube; File on 4: Quangos, Radio 4, 7.6.1978; Farming Today, Radio 4, 17.10.1988

    • 26 min
    Stella Tennant, George Bizos, Joan Feynman, Rishi Kapoor

    Stella Tennant, George Bizos, Joan Feynman, Rishi Kapoor

    Matthew Bannister on
    Stella Tennant, the iconic fashion model who rose to prominence in the 1990s, becoming the face of Chanel.
    George Bizos, the South African human rights lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial.
    Joan Feynman, the astrophysicist who made important breakthroughs in her study of auroras and solar cycles.
    Actor Rishi Kapoor, who appeared in almost 100 films and defined Bollywood for a generation.

    Interviewed guest: Plum Sykes
    Interviewed guest: Sir Nicholas Stadlen
    Interviewed guest: Christopher Riley
    Interviewed guest: Laura Tenenbaum
    Interviewed guest: Haroon Rashid

    Archive clips from: HARDtalk, BBC News 11/10/2011; Remembering Rivonia, BBC World Service 06/03/2018; Nelson Mandela Released from Prison, BBC News Archive 11/02/1990; The Fantastic Mr Feynman, dir. Christopher Riley, BBC2 12/05/2013; Bobby, R.K. Films Ltd 28/09/1973; Prem Rog, K.R. Films Ltd. 31/07/1982; Agneepath, Dharma Productions/Eros International 26/01/2012.

    Producer: Dan Hardoon

    • 27 min
    Millie Small, JJ Williams, Maurice Healy, Dame Fanny Waterman

    Millie Small, JJ Williams, Maurice Healy, Dame Fanny Waterman

    Julian Worricker on

    Millie Jones, the singer who brought ska rhythms and Jamaican culture to a global audience with her hit song My Boy Lollipop.

    JJ Williams, the Llanelli, Wales and British Lions winger who became one of the stars of world rugby.

    Dame Fanny Waterman, who co-founded the Leeds International Piano Festival and introduced many of the greatest pianists of our time.

    And consumer champion Maurice Healy, editor of Which? magazine and director of the National Consumer Council, who was instrumental in bringing in shopping on a Sunday, cheaper air fares and better food labelling.

    Interviewed guest: Chris Blackwell
    Interviewed guest: Chris Salewicz
    Interviewed guest: Phil Bennett
    Interviewed guest: Petroc Trelawny
    Interviewed guest: Richard Thomas

    Producer: Paul Waters

    • 27 min
    John le Carré, Patience Thomson, Doug Scott, Dame Barbara Windsor

    John le Carré, Patience Thomson, Doug Scott, Dame Barbara Windsor

    Matthew Bannister on

    The author John le Carré , the pen name of David Cornwell, who drew on his own experiences as a spy to elevate the espionage novel to new heights.

    Patience Thomson, the educator who devoted herself to helping children with reading difficulties and set up a publishing house to create books for them. Michael Morpurgo pays tribute.

    Doug Scott, the pioneering mountaineer who was the first Englishman to climb Mount Everest. His friend Sir Chris Bonington recalls Doug’s adventures.

    Dame Barbara Windsor – the much loved actor who went from Carry On to Eastenders.

    Interviewed guest: Adam Sisman
    Interviewed guest: Sir Chris Bonnington
    Interviewed guest: Denise Prior
    Interviewed guest: Alice Thomson
    Interviewed guest: Michael Morpurgo

    Producer: Neil George

    • 27 min
    Mario Molina, Irina Antonova, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Peter Alliss

    Mario Molina, Irina Antonova, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Peter Alliss

    Matthew Bannister on

    Mario Molina, the chemist who won the Nobel prize for revealing the devastating impact of CFCs on the ozone layer.

    Irina Antonova, the director of the Pushkin Museum in Moscow for more than fifty years. She was caught up in a controversy over her refusal to send back priceless works of art looted by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War.

    Valery Giscard d’Estaing, President of France between 1974 and 1981. He introduced liberal social reforms and was a passionate supporter of closer European integration.

    Peter Alliss, the jovial former player who became known as TV’s “Voice of Golf”

    Interviewed guest: Tony Adamson
    Interviewed guest: Prof James Shields
    Interviewed guest: Konstantin Akinsha
    Interviewed guest: Dr Tony Cox

    Producer: Neil George

    • 28 min

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