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Rik Mayall, Dr Lorna Wing, Eric Hill, Billie Fleming, Alan Douglas

Matthew Bannister on comedian-actor Rik Mayall, psychiatrist Dr Lorna Wing, children's writer and illustrator Eric Hill, cyclist Billie Fleming and record producer Alan Douglas.

Matthew Bannister on

The comedian and actor Rik Mayall. His Young Ones co-star Nigel Planer pays tribute.

Also the psychiatrist Dr. Lorna Wing who studied autism and coined the term Asperger's Syndrome.

The children's writer and illustrator Eric Hill - creator of Spot the Dog

And Billie Fleming who - in 1938 - set out to demonstrate the benefits of cycling by riding her bike every day. She averaged 80 miles a day and still holds the record for the longest distance cycled by a woman in a year - over 29 thousand miles.

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28 minutes

Rik Mayall (pictured)

Matthew spoke to Paul Jackson who produced Rik in The Young Ones, Filthy Rich Cat Flap and Bottom, to fellow actor in The Young Ones, Nigel Planer and to Caroline Raphael who went to university with him.

Born 7 March 1958; died 9 June 2014 aged 56.

Dr Lorna Wing OBE

Matthew spoke to Robyn Steward who has Asperger’s syndrome and met Lorna a number of times.  She now gives talks on autism all over the world.  He also spoke to Carol Povey who is Director of the Centre for Autism.

Born 7 October 1928, died 6 June 2014 aged 85.

Eric Hill OBE

Matthew spoke live in the studio to the Guardian’s children’s books editor, Julia Eccleshare.

Born 7 September 1927; died 6 June 2014 aged 86.

Billie Fleming

Matthew spoke to Billie’s stepson, Peter Samwell and to David Barter of Cycling Weekly.

Born 13 April 1914; died 12 May 2014 aged 100.

Alan Douglas

Born 20 July 1931; died 7 June 2014 aged 82.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Nigel Planer
Interviewed Guest Caroline Raphael
Interviewed Guest Robyn Steward
Interviewed Guest Carol Povey
Interviewed Guest Julia Eccleshare
Interviewed Guest Peter Samwell
Interviewed Guest David Barter
Producer Neil George