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William Turnbull, Albano Harguindeguy, Martin Fay, Kenneth Cragg, Sir Philip Ledger

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 23 November 2012

Matthew Bannister on:

The sculptor and painter William Turnbull. He was friends with Giacometti, Paolozzi and Rothko but always went his own way.

The Argentine General Albano Harguindeguy. As Interior Minister in the country's military regime, he was known as the brains behind the government's "dirty war".

Martin Fay, who was the original fiddle player with the Irish traditional band the Chieftains,

Bishop Kenneth Cragg, who devoted his life to the study of relations between Islam and Christianity

And Derek Hutchinson - the first and only man to kayak across the North Sea.

  • William Turnbull

    Last Word spoke to his son Alex Turnbull, to fellow artist Antony Gormley and to Chris Stephens, Curator at Tate Britain. Born 11 January 1922; died 15 November 2012 aged 90.
  • General Albano Harguindeguy

    Matthew spoke to Robert Cox, former British Editor of The Buenos Aires Herald. Born 11 February 1927; died 29 October 2012 aged 85.
  • Martin Fay

    Last Word spoke to traditional Irish music expert Peadar Ó Riada. Born 19 September 1936; died 14 November 2012 aged 76.
  • Bishop Kenneth Cragg

    Last Word spoke to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams and to Dr Ida Glaser and Dr Shabbir Akhtar of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies. Born 8 March 1913; died 13 November 2012 aged 99.
  • Derek Hutchinson

    Last Word spoke to Jenny Wittamore of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and to Derek’s friend and fellow kayaker, Martin Melling. Born 30 June 1933; died 10 October 2012 aged 79.
  • Sir Philip Ledger

    Born 12 December 1937; died 18 November 2012 aged 74.



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