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PD James, 'Mad' Frankie Fraser, Glen A Larson, Medlin Lewis-Spencer, Arthur Butterworth MBE

Matthew Bannister on crime novelist PD James, gangster 'Mad' Frankie Fraser, director Glen A Larson, Hackney mayor Medlin Lewis-Spencer and composer Arthur Butterworth.

Matthew Bannister on

Baroness James of Holland Park - the crime novelist P.D. James - who was also a Governor of the BBC.

Then a real life criminal: 'Mad ' Frankie Fraser - an East End gangster noted for his violence who spent a total of 42 years in prison.

Also: TV director Glen A. Larson who brought us Quincy, Magnum PI and Battlestar Galactica.

Medlin Lewis-Spencer, the Mayor of Hackney who defected from Labour to the Conservatives

And the composer Arthur Butterworth who was often inspired by the British landscape.

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PD James (Baroness James of Holland Park, pictured)

Matthew spoke to the former BBC Secretary, John McCormick.

Born 3 August 1920; died 27 November 2014 aged 94.

“Mad” Frankie Fraser

Matthew spoke to Professor Dick Hobbs of Essex University.

Born 13 December 1923; died 26 November 2014 aged 90.

Glen A Larson

Matthew spoke to the writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet.

Born 3 January 1937; died 14 November 2014 aged 77.

Medlin Lewis-Spencer

Last Word spoke to her husband James Spencer and her brother Winston Lewis.

Born 28 April 1951; died 12 October 2014 aged 63.

Arthur Butterworth MBE

Matthew spoke to his biographer, Paul Conway.

Born 4 August 1923; died 20 November 2014 aged 91.

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