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Simon Hoggart, Prof Janet Rowley, Saul Zaentz, Terry Biddlecombe, Phil Everly

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 10 January 2014

Matthew Bannister on

Simon Hoggart, who wrote the political sketch in the Guardian and presented the News Quiz here on Radio 4.

Professor Janet D. Rowley whose work on Leukaemia demonstrated that cancer is a genetic disease.

The film producer Saul Zaentz. Three of his movies - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus and The English Patient - won Best Picture Oscars.

Champion National Hunt jockey Terry Biddlecombe, known for his party lifestyle, battle with his weight - and later in life - partnership with the trainer Henrietta Knight.

And Phil Everly who, with his brother Don, had a string of chart hits in the late 1950s and early 60s.

  • Simon Hoggart

    Matthew spoke to the Editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger and to News Quiz panellists Andy Hamilton and Jeremy Hardy.

    Born 26 May 1946; died 5 January 2014 aged 67.

  • Prof Janet Rowley

    Last Word spoke to her friend and colleague Dr Francis Collins and to Dr Emily Grossman. 

    Born 5 April 2025; died 17 December 2013 aged 88.

  • Saul Zaentz

    Matthew spoke to the film critic David Thomson.

    Born 28 February 1921; died 3 January 2014 aged 92.

  • Terry Biddlecombe

    Matthew spoke to the BBC’s Horse Racing Correspondent, Cornelius Lysaght.

    Born 2 February 1941; died 5 January 2014 aged 72.

  • Phil Everly (pictured)

    Born 19 January 1939; died 3 January 2014 aged 74.


Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest
Alan Rusbridger
Interviewed Guest
Andy Hamilton
Interviewed Guest
Jeremy Hardy
Interviewed Guest
David Thomson
Interviewed Guest
Cornelius Lysaght
Interviewed Guest
Emily Grossman
Interviewed Guest
Francis Collins
Neil George



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