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Brian Friel, General Mario Menendez, Tessa Ransford, John Guillermin, Ben Cauley

Matthew Bannister talks about playwright Brian Friel, General Mario Menendez, poet Tessa Ransford and director John Guillermin.

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The award winning Irish playwright Brian Friel, best known for Dancing At Lughnasa and Translations.

Argentine General Mario Menéndez who was appointed Governor of the Falkland Islands during the invasion.

Tessa Ransford who founded the Scottish Poetry Library.

John Guillermin who directed movie blockbusters like The Towering Inferno, Death on the Nile, and the 1976 re-make of King Kong.

And Ben Cauley, the trumpeter who was the only survivor of the plane crash which killed Otis Redding.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Brian Friel (pictured)

Matthew spoke to actress Niamh Cusack and to the President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins.

Born 9 January 1929; died 2 October 2015 aged 86.

Mario Menéndez

Last Word spoke to Max Seitz, former South America correspondent for the BBC, and to Graham Bound who wrote a book about the Falklands Conflict.

Born 3 April 1930; died 18 September 2015 aged 85.

Tessa Ransford

Matthew spoke to Tom Hubbard who was the first librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Born 8 July 1938; died 2 September 2015 aged 77.

John Guillermin

Matthew spoke live to British film scholar Professor Ian Christie.

Born 11 November 1925; died 27 September 2015

Ben Cauley

Born 3 October 1947; died 21 September 2015 aged 67


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Niamh Cusack
Interviewed Guest Michael Higgins
Interviewed Guest Max Seitz
Interviewed Guest Graham Bound
Interviewed Guest Tom Hubbard
Interviewed Guest Ian Christie
Producer Neil George