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A Falklands War admiral, a writer and rock musician, an engineer who developed fracking, a French actress, a folk singer

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 09 August 2013

Matthew Bannister on:

Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward who led the naval task force to recapture the Falkland Islands from the Argentinians

Mick Farren - the prolific writer, rock singer and revolutionary. We have tributes from Felix Dennis, Charles Shaar Murray and Julie Burchill

Bernadette Lafont - the "wild child" star of French New Wave cinema

George Mitchell - the Texan engineer who pioneered the controversial technique of fracking

And Terry Conway - the road mender from Northumberland who wrote folk songs in the local dialect.

  • Admiral Sir John ('Sandy') Woodward

    Last Word spoke to military historian Andrew Lambert, to Patrick Robinson the co-author of a memoir of the Falklands campaign and to Jeff Tall who served alongside him on HMS Hermes in the Falklands War.

    Born 1 May 1932; died 4 August 2013 aged 81.

  • Mick Farren

    Last Word spoke to his friend and publisher Felix Dennis, to Julie Burchill, friend and colleague at the NME and to music writer Charles Shaar Murray.

    Born 3 September 1943; died 27 July 2013 aged 69.

  • Bernadette Lafont

    Film critic Agnes Poirier pays tribute.

    Born 28 October 1938; died 25 July 2013 aged 74.

  • George Mitchell

    Last Word spoke to his granddaughter Katherine Lorenz and to BBC News environment correspondent Matt McGrath.

    Born 21 May 1919; died 26 July 2013 aged 94.

  • Terry Conway

    Matthew spoke to his widow Liz Conway.

    Born 17 August 1943; died 4 June 2013 aged 69.


Matthew Bannister
Laura Northedge
Philip Sellars



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