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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jose Sulaiman, Anna Gordy Gaye, Ron Hall, Peter Austin

Matthew Bannister on actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, journalist Ron Hall, Motown records executive Anna Gordy Gaye, boxing administrator Jose Sulaiman and micro-brewer Peter Austin.

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The stage and screen actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. His room-mate at drama school talks about his relentless focus on his craft and obsession with dissecting the movies of Robert De Niro.

Also: the journalist Ron Hall - a key member of the Sunday Times Insight investigative team. Former editor Sir Harold Evans pays tribute.

Anna Gordy Gaye - sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy - who played a key role in the label's foundation and married Marvin Gaye. Smokey Robinson shares his memories.

Jose Sulaiman, the colourful President of the World Boxing Council, who is credited with reforming the sport's rules.

And Peter Austin, a pioneer of the micro brewery industry, famous for his Old Thumper ale.

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28 minutes

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Matthew spoke to his fellow actor and former roommate, Steven Schub.

Born 23 July 1967; died 2 February 2014 aged 46.

Jose Sulaiman

Matthew spoke to the BBC’s Boxing Correspondent Mike Costello.

Born 30 May 1931; died 16 January 2014 aged 82.

Anna Gordy Gaye

Last Word spoke to Motown Legend Smokey Robinson, to her friend, the Motown A&R man William “Mickey” Stevenson, to music journalist Jacqueline Springer and to the author of Marvin Gaye’s biography, Steve Turner.

Born 28 January 1922; died 31 January 2014 aged 92.

Ron Hall

Matthew spoke to the former Editor of the Sunday Times, Sir Harry Evans.

Born 28 July 1934; died 20 January 2014 aged 79.

Peter Austin

Matthew spoke to the Chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers, Keith Bott and to Alan Pugsley, Master Brewer at Shipyard Brewing Company.

Born 18 July 1921; died 1 January 2014 aged 92.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Steven Schub
Interviewed Guest Mike Costello
Interviewed Guest Smokey Robinson
Interviewed Guest William Stevenson
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest Steve Turner
Interviewed Guest Harry Evans
Interviewed Guest Keith Bott
Interviewed Guest Alan Pugsley
Producer Simon Tillotson


  • Fri 7 Feb 2014 16:00
  • Sun 9 Feb 2014 20:30