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Sir Alastair Burnet, Jon Lord, Yaakov Meidad and Mike Westmacott

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 20 July 2012

Matthew Bannister on the ITN newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, who presented News At Ten over nearly twenty five years

Jon Lord - keyboard player with Deep Purple. We have tributes from the band's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and from Rick Wakeman

Yaakov Meidad - a Mossad agent involved in the kidnapping of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann and the murder of the so called Butcher of Riga, Herberts Cukurs.

And Mike Westmacott the mountaineer who played a crucial role in the first ascent of Everest in 1953.

  • Sir Alastair Burnet

    Matthew spoke live to his former colleagues Andrew Neill and Michael Nicholson.

    Born 12 July 1928; died 20 July 2012 aged 84.

  • Jon Lord

    Last Word spoke to Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore; Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and to Editor at Large of Classic Rock magazine, Geoff Barton.

    Born 9 June 1941; died 16 July 2012 aged 71.

  • Yaakov Meidad

    Matthew spoke to the former Mossad agent and journalist Gad Shimron in Tel Aviv and to Dr Efraim Zuroff , a Nazi hunter from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.

    Born 1919; died 30 June 2012 aged 93.

  • Michael Westmacott

    Matthew spoke to Stephen Goodwin, Editor of the Alpine Journal.

    Born on 12 April 1925; died 20 June 2012, aged 87.

  • Maria Cole

    Born 1 August 1922; died 10 July 2012 aged 89.



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