A train robber, an actress, an animator, a TV executive and a human rights activist

On Last Word this week:

Bruce Reynolds, the man who masterminded the Great Train Robbery.

Lady Elspet Gray, who partnered her husband Brian Rix both in stage and screen farces, and running the Mencap charity.

Oscar winning animator Bob Godfrey, best known for Roobarb and Custard, is remembered by Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and cartoonist Steve Bell.

Sir Denis Forman, chairman of Granada Television, who oversaw World in Action, Coronation Street and The Jewel in the Crown.

And Stéphane Hessel, the former French Resistance fighter whose 2010 manifesto Time for Outrage inspired social protesters.

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Sun 3 Mar 2013 20:30

Bruce Reynolds

Last Word spoke to Dick Hobbs, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex.

Born 7 September 1931; died 28 February 2013 aged 81.

Sir Denis Forman

John spoke to his colleague, the World In Action producer Linda McDougall, to Professor Steven Barnett of Westminster University and to Channel 4’s first Chief Executive, Lord Isaacs.

Born 13 October 1917; died 24 February 2013 aged 95.

Bob Godfrey

Last Word spoke to his daughter, Claire Godfrey, to the animator Nick Park and to the Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell.

Born 27 May 1921; died 21 February 2013 aged 91.

Stéphane Hessel

The French journalist, Agnès Poirier, pays tribute.

Born 20 October 1917; died 26 February 2013 aged 95.

Lady Elspet Gray

John spoke to her husband, Lord Brian Rix, to her friend the actress Honor Blackman and to Brian Baldock of Mencap.

Born 12 April 1929; died 18 February 2013 aged 83.