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30/03/2017
BBC Radio 4

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    1. Head of Interactive, Radio 3

      Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps the last of the movie icons of the golden era, has died, aged 79. She was a troubled person but an undisputed star. Philip French, The Guardian's film critic, said in a profile: ...she was exploited by every gossip columnist and patronised by virtually every film revi...

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    2. I last saw John Cushnie in mid-December recording a special Christmas edition of Gardeners' Question Time (GQT) at The Museum of Gardening History in Lambeth Palace. He was well - and in full flow. He was a handsome man and a very big presence. There was no sign at all of anything wrong - so hi...

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    3. Head of Interactive, Radio 3

      Editor's note. I asked Vanessa Whitburn, Editor of The Archers, for some words about Norman Painting, who died today: The sad news about the death of Norman Painting is only a few hours old; and already messages of love and condolence have been pouring in from friends and fans alike. They are a tribute to the man who made the part of Phil Archer very much his own; and has been an integral part of The Archers for almost 60 years. My own memories of Norman are of a colleague, and a trusted friend. In the 1970s, when I was a rookie producer, I remember him taking me out for a meal, to talk to me about what it was like being an actor, and on 'the other side' of the mic. It was a generous gesture for someone like me to be given such a master class by one of radio's biggest stars - and his advice stays with me today. I take such comfort from the fact that Norman got his wish, and continued playing the part for which he was so well loved, right up until the end of his life. Norman was with us at The Mailbox only two days ago, recording with Patricia Greene, transforming studio 9D into the kitchen at Glebe Cottage. Norman was always glad to be in studio, and it is testament to his love of his work that, however he was feeling, once the script was in his hand, he became Phil Archer. He and Paddy even enjoyed a joke about the mischievous side of Phil and Jill's relationship, with Norman insisting that he was still scared of Paddy whenever he thought Jill was being a little too fierce! The Archers - actors, production team and fans, will miss Norman terribly. I am thankful for his wonderful contribution to the programme, and also for his friendship over many years. Vanessa Whitburn is Editor of The Archers Norman Painting remembered in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Stage and in The Banbury Guardian (his local newspaper). Matthew Bannister discussed Norman Painting's life with fellow Archers actress June Spencer and long time friend, Lord Plumb, on Friday's Last Word.

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    4. Editor's note: when Alexandra Feachem told me she was making a documentary about Supercentenarians - those remarkable people who live beyond 110 years - and that she was attending Henry Allingham's 113th birthday party, I asked her to write a blog post about it. Sadly, since I asked her, Henry A...

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