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Sally Ride, Omar Suleiman, Rajesh Khanna, Jane Leighton and Jim Drake

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 27 July 2012

Matthew Bannister on

Sally Ride - who overcame sexism to become America's first woman astronaut.

Omar Suleiman - head of Egypt's General Intelligence Service and right hand man to President Mubarak

Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna, in his prime beloved by millions of swooning female fans

Jane Leighton, the TV journalist who campaigned for the underdog

And Jim Drake, the engineer who designed the modern windsurfer.

Producer Neil McCarthy.

  • Sally Ride

    Last Word hears from the editor of Space Flight magazine, Dr David Baker, and from Dr Kathryn Sullivan who was one of the other women in the Challenger programme.

    Born 26 May 1951; died 23 July 2012 aged 61.

  • Omar Suleiman

    Last Word spoke to the BBC’s correspondent in Cairo, John Leyne and to Professor Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, a leading expert in international law who knew Omar Suleiman for 25 years.

    Born 2 July 1936; died 19 July 2012 aged 76.

  • Rajesh Khanna

    Last Word spoke to the 1970s queen of Bollywood, Mumtaz and to Indian movie critic Anil Sinanan.

    Born 29 December 1942; died 18 July 2012 aged 69.

  • Jane Leighton

    Matthew spoke to her daughter Samantha Jeffries, to Anwar Ditta, who was at the centre of one of Jane Leighton’s most famous World in Action reports, and to one of her colleagues on the programme, Jenny Rathbone.

    Born 17 March 1944; died 4 July 2012 aged 68.

  • Jim Drake

    Matthew spoke to former world windsurfing champion Dave Hackford and to his long term friend Bill Mai.

    Born 8 January 1929; died 19 June 2012 aged 83.



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