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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 01 June 2012

Matthew Bannister on

Leopold De Rothschild the banker who raised millions for musical charities and ran a railway in his garden

Donald "Duck" Dunn - the bass player behind scores of soul hits from the sixties

Elisabeth Tomalin the designer who used art therapy to help the children of Nazis come to terms with their guilt.

Colin McIntyre - the founding editor of the BBC's Ceefax service.

and the clarinettist Alan Hacker who played a key role in the performance of new music.

  • Leopold de Rothschild

    Matthew spoke to his nephew, Lionel de Rothschild; to his lifelong friend James Dunbar Nasmith and to his colleague Charles Alexander.

    Born 12 May 1927; died 19 April 2012 aged 84.

  • Donald 'Duck' Dunn

    Matthew spoke to the music journalist David Hepworth.

    Born 24 November 1941; died 13 May 2012 aged 70.

  • Elisabeth Tomalin

    Last Word spoke to her daughter, Stefany Tomalin, and to the journalist Dan Carrier.

    Born 4 November 1912; died 9 March 2012, aged 99.

  • Colin McIntyre

    Last Word spoke to his daughter, Miranda McIntyre, and to Ceefax’s current editor, John Hands.

    Born 27 January 1927; died 17 May 2012 aged 85.

  • Alan Hacker

    Born 30 September 1938; died 16 April 2012 aged 73.



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