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Dame Helen Ghosh on James Lees-Milne

Episode 4 of 9

Dame Helen Ghosh chooses the writer, and key member of the National Trust, James Lees-Milne. With Matthew Parris. From 2015.

Matthew Parris's guest is Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, who chooses as her Great Life James Lees-Milne who worked for the Trust between 1936 and 1966. He was responsible for acquiring many of the Trust's most iconic properties and his particular talent was his ability to persuade the aristocratic owners of the houses into handing them over to the Trust for protection. His other talent was in writing, and it is his deliciously indiscreet diaries for which many people know him.

Merlin Waterson, who was a friend of Lees-Milne's, is the expert witness.

Producer Christine Hall.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

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30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Ghosh Helen
Interviewed Guest Merlin Waterson
Producer Christine Hall


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