Sir George Christie, Leslie Thomas, Elena Baltacha, Sir William Benyon and Deborah Rogers

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Sir George Christie, who ran the Glyndebourne opera at his family home in Sussex - and oversaw the rebuilding of the theatre.

Leslie Thomas, the Barnado's boy who drew on his experience of National Service to write The Virgin Soldiers. Frederick Forsyth and Sir Tim Rice pay tribute.

Deborah Rogers, agent to many leading writers. Ian McEwan and Dame Gail Rebuck remember her.

Sir William Benyon, the Conservative MP who championed Milton Kenyes and re-built the family's estate.

And Elena Baltacha, Britain's former number one tennis player, who died of liver cancer aged thirty.

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Sir George Christie

Matthew spoke live to broadcaster Christopher Cook.

Born 31 December 1934; died 7 May 2014 aged 79.

Leslie Thomas

Matthew spoke to fellow author Frederick Forsyth, to lyricist Sir Tim Rice and to documentary maker Simon Mansfield.

Born 22 March 1931; died 6 May 2014 aged 83.

Elena Baltacha

Matthew spoke to her former coach and British No.1 Jo Durie and to BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller.

Born 14 August 1983; died 4 May 2014 aged 30.

Sir William Benyon

Matthew spoke to his son, Richard Benyon MP.

Born 17 January 1930; died 2 May 2014 aged 84.

Deborah Rogers

Matthew spoke to author Ian McEwan and to Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random House.

Born 6 April 1938; died 30 April 2014 aged 76.


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Bannister
Interviewed GuestChristopher Cook
Interviewed GuestFrederick Forsyth
Interviewed GuestTim Rice
Interviewed GuestSimon Mansfield
Interviewed GuestJo Durie
Interviewed GuestRussell Fuller
Interviewed GuestRichard Benyon
Interviewed GuestIan McEwan
Interviewed GuestGail Rebuck
ProducerNeil George