A British composer, a Northern Irish MP, a Romanian architect, a German mayor and a British supercentenarian

Matthew Bannister on the prolific composer Sir John Tavener, who wrote a seven hour epic called The Veil, and music performed at Princess Diana's funeral.

Eddie McGrady - the respected SDLP MP for South Down in Northern Ireland who worked tirelessly for peace and helped to negotiate the Good Friday agreement.

Anca Petrescu - the architect who built an enormous palace for the Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu - it's the world's second largest building.

And Manfred Rommel, son of the German General Erwin Rommel and Mayor of Stuttgart for many years. We have a tribute from Viscount Montgomery who became his friend.

Plus Grace Jones, who has died aged 113 years old.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

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Sun 17 Nov 2013 20:30

Sir John Tavener (pictured)

Matthew spoke to fellow composer Judith Weir and to conductor Stephen Layton.

Born 28 January 1944; died 12 November 2013 aged 69.

Manfred Rommel

Matthew spoke to his friend Viscount Montgomery and to journalist Jurgen Waibel.

Born 24 December 1928; died 7 November 2013 aged 84.

Anca Petrescu

Matthew Sweet pays tribute.

Born 20 March 1949; died 30 October 2013 aged 64.

Eddie McGrady

Matthew spoke to Irish politicians Margaret Ritchie and Jim Wells and to BBC Northern Ireland political editor Mark Devenport.

Born 3 June 1935; died 11 November 2013 aged 78.

Grace Jones

Matthew spoke to her MP, Simon Hughes.

Born 7 December 1899; died 14 November 2013 aged 113.


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Bannister
ProducerLaura Northedge
Interviewed GuestDavid Montgomery