On Last Word this week Matthew Bannister marks the lives of:
The writer Alan Plater - who produced some of the most acclaimed television and radio dramas of the last fifty years.
The philosopher Lord Quinton who chaired Radio 4's Round Britain Quiz.
Professor Matthew Colton whose researches into the sexual abuse of children took him into prisons to interview paedophiles
The Mancunian comic Chris Sievey - better known as his comic alter ego Frank Sidebottom, complete with enlarged papier mache head
And the former England rugby international Andy Ripley - a true amateur of the game.