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An architect, the founder of Ms magazine, an Olympic sailor, an Italian politician and a film director

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 10 May 2013

Matthew Bannister on

The Olympic sailing gold medallist Andrew Simpson who died when his racing catamaran capsized in San Francisco Bay.

Bryan Forbes, the British film director who made The Stepford Wives and Whistle Down the Wind among many other titles. Hayley Mills pays tribute.

The former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who had close links to the Vatican and - it is said - the mafia.

Mary Thom - who as an editor at Ms Magazine helped to develop a generation of feminist writers

And Rick Mather, the architect who specialised in blending modern architecture with historic buildings including the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

  • Andrew Simpson MBE

    Matthew spoke to Stephen Park OBE, the British Olympic Sailing Manager and John Tweed, Chief Executive of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

    Born 17 December 1976; Died 9 May 2013  aged 36
  • Bryan Forbes

    The actress Hayley Mills paid tribute to her friend and director and Matthew spoke to the film critic Ian Christie

    Born: 22 July 1926; died 8 May 2013 aged 86

  • Giulio Andreotti

    Last Word heard from BBC Correspondent David Willey in Rome

    Matthew spoke to biographer Massimo Franco

    Born 14 January 1919; died 6 May 2013 aged 94
  • Mary Thom

    Matthew spoke to former Editor of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Sally Feldman and to her friend and colleague Robin Morgan

    Born 3 June 1944; died 26 April 2013 aged 68
  • Rick Mather

    Matthew spoke to Gavin Miller partner in Rick Mather Architects 

    Born 30 May 1937; died 20 April 2013 aged 75


Julian May
Matthew Bannister


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