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A BBC political editor, a naturalist, a landscape architect, a Sultan and a union leader

Matthew Bannister on former BBC political editor John Cole, desert expert Professor John Cloudsley-Thompson, landscape architect Georgina Livingston, and union leader Roy Grantham.

Matthew Bannister on the BBC Political Editor John Cole who covered the turbulent politics of the 1980s - and was satirised by Spitting Image.

Also Professor John Cloudsley-Thompson - once called the "Titan of the Sahara" - he was a leading expert on the wildlife of the world's deserts.

Georgina Livingston, the landscape architect who designed a competition-winning scheme for Stonehenge

Roy Grantham, the moderate trade union leader who struggled to resolve the bitter 1970s dispute at the Grunwick photo processing plant

And the Sultan of Sulu - who late in life launched an abortive bid to annexe part of North Borneo.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

John Cole

Last Word spoke to Andrew Marr and to Lord Kinnock.

Born 23 November 1927; died 8 November 2013 aged 85.

John Cloudsley-Thompson

Matthew spoke to his son Peter Cloudsley and to his friend Roger Tabor who is chairman of the British Naturalist Aassociation.

Born 23 May 1921; died 4 October 2013 aged 92.

Georgina Livingston

Matthew spoke to her brother, Sir Richard Eyre and to the landscape architect Ted Cullinan.

Born 24 August 1941; died 21 September 2013 aged 72.

Roy Grantham

Last Word spoke to his friend Marion Rutherford, to Derek Rutherford, Chairman of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, to the former BBC Industry Correspondent, Nicholas Jones and to Baroness Shirley Williams.  

Born 12 December 1926; died 25 October 2013 aged 86.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III

Matthew spoke to the journalist Kate McGeown.

Born 16 July 1938; died 20 October 2013 aged 75.


Role Contributor
Producer Matthew Bannister
Producer Neil George
Interviewed Guest Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Neil Kinnock
Interviewed Guest Peter Cloudsley
Interviewed Guest Roger Tabor
Interviewed Guest Richard Eyre
Interviewed Guest Ted Cullinan
Interviewed Guest Marion Rutherford
Interviewed Guest Derek Rutherford
Interviewed Guest Nicholas Jones
Interviewed Guest Shirley Williams
Interviewed Guest Kate McGeown