A comedy writer, a founding member of The Doors, an Argentine dictator, a Pakistani politician and an escapologist

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Ray Manzarek - the keyboard player who teamed up with Jim Morrison to found the Doors.

General Jorge Videla - the Argentinian dictator who presided over the disappearance of thirty thousand people - but never expressed remorse.

Hans Moretti, the magician and escapologist famous for his death-defying stunts on the Paul Daniels Magic Show. Paul pays tribute.

Zahra Shahid Hussain - a leading figure in Imran Khan's PTI political party in Pakistan - who was shot dead outside her home in Karachi.

And Eddie Braben - the comedy writer whose scripts made Morecambe and Wise a national institution. We have tributes from Ken Dodd and Barry Cryer.

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Sun 26 May 2013 20:30

Eddie Braben

Matthew spoke to the British writer and comedian Barry Cryer and to English comedian, singer-songwriter and actor Ken Dodd.


Born 31 October 1930; died 21 May 2013 aged 82.

Jorge Videla

Last Word spoke to Dr Par Engstrom of University College London and to Andrew Thompson the former Deputy Head of the BBC’s Latin American Service


Born 2 August 1925; died 17 May 2013 aged 87

Hans Moretti

Last Word spoke to magician Paul Daniels and Matthew spoke to Chairman of The Magic Circle  Brian Sibley

Born July 24 1928, died March 13 2013  aged 84

Zahra Shahid Hussain

Matthew spoke to Christina Lamb of the Sunday Times.


Died 18 May 2013 aged 55.

Ray Manzarek

Matthew spoke to the DJ Johnnie Walker and Jack Holzman of Electra Records


Born 12 February 1939; died 20 May 2013 aged 74


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Bannister
ProducerLaura Northedge
ProducerJulian May
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