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A film director, a property developer, a radio operator, an actor and a rock legend

Obituaries. Matthew Bannister remembers film director Antonia Bird, property developer Paul Reichmann, radio operator Robert Ford, actor Nigel Davenport and rock icon Lou Reed.

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The film director Antonia Bird. Her movies tackled controversial issues like homelessness, sexual abuse and the harsh realities of working class life. We have tributes from Maxine Peake and Linus Roache.

Also Paul Reichmann - the property developer who built Canary Wharf against all the odds.

Robert Ford, the British radio operator captured by the Chinese during their invasion of Tibet.

Nigel Davenport, the versatile actor who appeared in the films A Man For All Seasons and Chariots of Fire and the TV series Howard's Way.

And Lou Reed, whose songs about the darker side of American life influenced a generation of rock bands.

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Antonia Bird

Matthew spoke to her business partner Mark Cousins and to the actors Maxine Peake and Linus Roache.

Born 27 May 1951; died 24 October 2013 aged 62.

Paul Reichmann

Matthew spoke to the developer of The Shard, Irvine Sellar, to the Editor of Property Week, Mike Phillips and to David Donoghue, former Head of Communications for the Docklands Development Corporation.

Born 27 September 1930; died 25 October 2013 aged 83.

Robert Ford

Born 27 March 1923, died 20 September 2013 aged 90.

Nigel Davenport

Matthew spoke to his son Hugo Davenport and to Nicholas Young, his agent.

Born 23 May 1928; died 25 October 2013 aged 85.

Lou Reed (pictured)

Born 2 March 1942; died 27 October 2013 aged 71.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Laura Northedge


  • Fri 1 Nov 2013 16:00
  • Sun 3 Nov 2013 20:30