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Prof Sid Watkins, Bill Moggridge, Stanley Long, George Hurst and Ken McManus

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 21 September 2012

Matthew Bannister on:

Professor Sid Watkins, the neurosurgeon who transformed safety in Formua One Motor Racing. We hear from Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Jackie Stewart and Murray Walker.

Bill Moggridge who designed the first lap top computer

Stanley Long - the British film director whose low budget X certificate film "Adventures of a Taxi Driver" made more money in the UK in 1976 than Scorsese's "Taxi Driver".

George Hurst, the conductor who transformed the fortunes of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and inspired generations of British conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle who pays tribute.

And Ken McManus, leader of the Mohawks - one of Britian's last great circus horse riding acts.

  • Professor Sid Watkins

    Last Word spoke to former World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, to Bernie Ecclestone, and to commentator Murray Walker.

    Born 6 September 1928; died 12 September 2012 aged 84.

  • William Moggridge

    Matthew spoke to Dan Carrier who was a family friend.

    Born 25 June 1943; died 8 September 2012 aged 69.

  • Stanley Long

    Matthew Sweet pays tribute.

    Born 26 November 1933; died 10 September 2012 aged 78.

  • George Hurst

    Last Word spoke to Sir Simon Rattle, who was inspired by George Hurst from a young age, and to the former Head of Music at BBC North, David Ellis, who worked closely with him.

    Born 20 May 1926; died 15 September 2012 aged 86.

  • Ken McManus

    Matthew spoke to his son Ken McManus sr and to his grandson Ken McManus jr.

    Born 18 February 1925; died 24 August 2012 aged 87.



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