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Tim Hetherington, Barbara Harmer, TP Flanagan, Prof David Bowen, Elisabeth Sladen

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Friday 22 April 2011

On this week's Last Word Jane Little discusses the lives of the award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Tim Hetherington, who was killed this week in Libya.

Barbara Harmer, the only woman pilot to fly Concorde.

Seamus Heaney pays tribute to his friend, Irish landscape painter, TP Flanagan.

Professor David Bowen, forensic pathologist, who worked on some of the most notorious crimes in recent British history.

And actress Elisabeth Sladen, whose role as Sarah Jane Smith endeared her to generations of Dr Who fans.

  • Tim Hetherington

    British photographer and film maker who has died aged 40.

    Tim Hetherington was killed this week in Libya when he was caught with other photojournalists in a mortar attack in the city of Mizrata. Tim became the first western journalist to die during this conflict. He was forty and his early death ended a courageous and productive career as a photographer, writer and filmmaker, covering conflicts close up, often in places the world had forgotten. Tim was born in Liverpool and studied English at Oxford University before training in photojournalism. He soon made a name for himself, both for his work and for his personal charisma.

    Jane Little spoke to his friend John Levy and his colleague James Brabazon.

    Tim Hetherington was born 5 December 1970 and died 20 April 2011.

  • TP Flanagan

    Forensic pathologist who has died aged 87.

    Professor David Bowen will go down in the annals of forensic pathology as the man whose work helped convict serial killer Dennis Nilsen. He also worked on many other high profile cases – some five hundred of them involving murder and suspicious deaths. David Bowen was born in 1924 in a former mining village near Bridgend, in South Wales. He studied medicine in Cardiff and Cambridge and later got his break in pathology when he met one of the so-called Three Musketeers, forensic pathologists who covered virtually all the suspicious deaths in and around London.

    Last Word hears from the crime historian Roger Wilkes and from his former colleague Dr Rob Chapman.

    David Bowen was born 31 January 1924 and died 31 March 2011.

  • Barbara Harmer

    Concorde pilot who has died aged 57.

    Barbara Harmer earned herself a place in history on March the 25th 1993 when she flew as first officer on a British Airways Concorde from Heathrow to New York. She would be the only woman pilot flying Concorde for the remaining ten years of its commercial life. Her journey to the top was unusual in more ways than one. She was born in Loughton, Essex, the youngest of four girls. After the family moved to Bognor Regis, she attended a Convent School, which she left at fifteen – to train as a hairdresser. But after five years she realised she wanted to fly so she took out a bank loan to pay for her flying lessons.

    Jane spoke to former Concorde captain and fleet manager David Rowland, and to Barbara’s husband, Andy Hewitt.

    Barbara Harmer was born 14 September 1953 and died 20 February 2011.

  • Professor David Bowen

    Forensic pathologist who has died aged 87.

    Professor David Bowen will go down in the annals of forensic pathology as the man whose work helped convict serial killer Dennis Nilsen. He also worked on many other high profile cases – some five hundred of them involving murder and suspicious deaths. David Bowen was born in 1924 in a former mining village near Bridgend, in South Wales. He studied medicine in Cardiff and Cambridge and later got his break in pathology when he met one of the so-called Three Musketeers, forensic pathologists who covered virtually all the suspicious deaths in and around London.

    Last Word hears from the crime historian Roger Wilkes and from his former colleague Dr Rob Chapman.

    David Bowen was born 31 January 1924 and died 31 March 2011.

  • Elisabeth Sladen

    British actress who has died aged 65.

    The actress Elisabeth Sladen began her career at the Liverpool Playhouse, where she excelled as an assistant stage manager; so much so that she had to make deliberate mistakes in order to get her break on the stage. She later appeared on TV in episodes of Coronation Street, Z-Cars and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. But she got her big break when TV producer Barry Letts discovered her and cast her as Sarah Jane Smith in Dr Who – the role for which she will be best remembered.

    Historian and Dr Who Expert Dominic Sandbrooke pays tribute.

    Elisabeth Sladen was born 1 February 1946 and died 19 April 2011.

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