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Eric Sykes, Sir Michael Palliser, Gillian Hush and Yitzhak Shamir

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 06 July 2012

John Wilson explores Eric Sykes' comic talents on screen, stage and golf course and Eric is remembered by friends and fellow entertainers Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck and Ken Dodd along with TV producer Beryl Vertue. John also examines the life of Yitzhak Shamir, long-serving Israeli prime minister who took a hardline stance against Palestinian nationhood. Diplomat Sir Michael Palliser who, as permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, helped negotiate Britain's entry to the EEC and radio producer Gillian Hush, who was awarded an MBE for over 30 years work bringing documentaries and stories to the airwaves.

  • Eric Sykes

    John spoke to Bruce Forsyth, Jimmy Tarbuck, Ken Dodd and TV producer Beryl Vertue.

    Born 4 May 1923 and died 4 July 2012 aged 89

  • Sir Michael Palliser

    John spoke to Lord David Hannay

    Born 9 April 1922 and died 19 June 2012 aged 90

  • Gillian Hush MBE

    John spoke to the BBC's Director of News Helen Boaden and to former Radio 4 controller Michael Green.

  • Yitzhak Shamir

    John spoke to Professor Moshe Arens,former Defense and Foreign minister under Shamir; to Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestinian Legislative Council and to the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen.

    Born 15 October 1915; died 30 June 2012 aged 96


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