Elizabeth Jane Howard, John Fortune, Vera Houghton, Sir Christopher Curwen, Harold Camping

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The award-winning novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. Hilary Mantel reflects on the writer who she says helped us to do the necessary thing - open our eyes and our hearts.

Also the comedian and satirist John Fortune who found fame through his TV collaborations with John Bird and Rory Bremner.

Vera Houghton, a pioneer in the fields of abortion law reform and free birth control.

Sir Christopher Curwen, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, when Oleg Gordievsky - Britain's star source inside the KGB - was successfully exfiltrated from Moscow.

And the American radio evangelist, Harold Camping, who was the first major end-of-the-world forecaster of the internet age.

Producer: Neil George.

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Sun 5 Jan 2014 20:30

Elizabeth Jane Howard

Julan spoke to broadcaster Jim Naughtie and writer Hilary Mantel

Born 26 March 1923; died 2 January 2014, aged 90

John Fortune

Julian spoke to his friend Rory Bremner

Born 30 June 1939; died 31 December 2013, aged 74


Vera Houghton

Last Word spoke to Lord Steel and Julian spoke to friend and fellow activist Dianne Munday

Born 18 October 1914; died 30 November 2013, aged 99

Sir Christopher Curwen

Julian spoke to Oleg Gordievsky, former KGB double-agent and Nigel West, military historian and author

Born 9 April 1929; died 18 December 2013, aged 84

Harold Camping

Column from author Ted Harrison

Born 19 July 1921; died 15 December 2013, aged 92


Role Contributor
PresenterJulian Worricker
Interviewed GuestHilary Mantel
ProducerNeil George