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Paul Ausseresses, Olivia Robertson, Noel Woodall, Hugh de Wardener, Junior Murvin

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 08 December 2013

Matthew Bannister on

The French General Paul Aussaresses who admitted to taking part in summary executions and torture during the Algerian War of Independence.

Olivia Robertson, the flamboyant Archpriestess of the Fellowship of Isis, who worked to bring feminine influence into religion in her castle in Ireland.

Noel Woodall, the car number plate expert whose passion became a billion pound industry.

Professor Hugh de Wardener, the pioneering kidney specialist who treated inmates in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

And reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for his song Police and Thieves.

Producer: Laura Northedge.

  • Due to the death of Nelson Mandela, Last Word will not be broadcast this Friday afternoon.

    You can listen to the programme in its usual repeat slot on Sunday evening at 8.30pm.
  • General Paul Aussaresses

    Writer and presenter James Maw interviewed the general for Radio 4 in 2008.

    Matthew spoke to the French journalist Agnes Poirier.

    Born 7 November 1918; died 4 December 2013 aged 95.
  • Olivia Robertson

    Matthew spoke to her nieces Anna Currey and Cressida Pryor.

    Born 13 April 1917; died 14 November 2013 aged 96.
  • Noel Woodall

    Quentin Willson pays tribute.

    Born 24 December 1930; died 29 September 2013 aged 82.

  • Prof Hugh de Wardener

    Matthew spoke to his daughter Gabrielle de Wardener and to his colleague and friend Dr Robert Schrier.

    Born 8 October 1915; died 29 September 2013 aged 97.

  • Junior Murvin

    Last Word spoke to music writer David Katz.

    Born 1946; died 2 December 2013


Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest
Agnes Poirier
Interviewed Guest
Anna Currey
Interviewed Guest
Cressida Pryor
Interviewed Guest
Quentin Willson
Interviewed Guest
Gabrielle de Wardener
Interviewed Guest
Robert Schrier
Interviewed Guest
David Katz
Laura Northedge


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