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Sir Tom Finney CBE, Sid Caesar, Ian McNaught-Davis, Els Borst, Louise Brough

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 21 February 2014

Matthew Bannister on

The footballer Sir Tom Finney, who played loyally for Preston and England. His friend Jimmy Armfield pays tribute.

The comedian Sid Caesar who dominated American entertainment TV in the 1950s

The climber and broadcaster Ian McNaught-Davis, who took part in the live TV coverage of the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy - and went on to explain computers to BBC viewers. Sir Chris Bonington shares his memories.

Els Borst, the Netherlands' first medically qualified Minister of Health, who brought in a new law on euthanasia.

And the tennis player Louise Brough - who won many Grand Slams, including, in 1950, the Wimbledon singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles all in the same year.

Producer: Simon Tillotson.

  • Sir Tom Finney CBE

    Matthew spoke to former Blackpool and England football player Jimmy Armfield.
    Born 5 April, 1922; died 14 February, 2014 age 91.
  • Sid Caesar

    Last Word spoke to comedy writer Denis Norden.
    Born 8 September, 1922; died 12 February, 2014 aged 91.
  • Ian McNaught-Davis

    Matthew spoke to mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and broadcaster Chris Serle.
    Born 30 August, 1929; died 10 February, 2014 aged 84.
  • Els Borst

    Matthew spoke to Political Editor of NOS, Hans Andringa.
    Born 22 March, 1932; died 10 February, 2014 aged 81.
  • Louise Brough

    Matthew spoke to tennis legend Billie Jean King, former tennis commentator John Barrett and past Wimbledon champion Angela Mortimer.
    Born 11 March, 1923; died 3 February, 2014 aged 90.


Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest
Jimmy Armfield
Interviewed Guest
Denis Norden
Interviewed Guest
Chris Bonington
Interviewed Guest
Chris Serle
Interviewed Guest
Hans Andringa
Interviewed Guest
Billie Jean King
Interviewed Guest
John Barrett
Interviewed Guest
Angela Mortimer
Simon Tillotson


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