An actor, a youth worker, a ballet dancer, a poet and a local radio presenter

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The American actor James Gandolfini - best known for playing the mafia boss Tony Soprano.

The youth worker Elizabeth Braund who transformed the lives of thousands of inner city children by inviting them to her working Dartmoor farm.

The former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet David Wall - Deborah Bull pays tribute.

The poet Oliver Bernard, last survivor of the Bohemian days of Soho.

And Mark Turnbull - the blind presenter on BBC Tees, loved by his listeners but not always by his local managers, he became the President of the National Union of Journalists.

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Sun 23 Jun 2013 20:30

James Gandolfini

Last Word spoke to Matt Zoller Seitz, TV Critic for the New York Magazine and to David Lavery who is Professor of English and Pop Culture at Middle Tennessee State University.

Born 18 September 1961; died 19 June 2013 aged 51.

Elizabeth Braund MBE

Last Word spoke to Robert Musgrave who worked with Elizabeth at The Providence House Trust, and with Phil Dorman who as a teenager benefitted from going to Providence House.

Born 17 June 1921; died 20 May 2013 aged 91.

David Wall (pictured)

Matthew spoke to fellow dancers Deborah Bull and Margaret Barbieri.

Born 15 March 1946; died 18 June 2013 aged 67.

Oliver Bernard

The poet Alan Brownjohn pays tribute.

Born 6 December 1925; died 1 June 2013 aged 87.

Mark Turnbull

Last Word spoke to his friend and former colleague, Paul Anderson and to his friend, the Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Born 22 May 1963; died 8 June 2013 aged 50.


Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Bannister
ProducerNeil George