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Roy Dommett, Warren Mitchell, Allen Toussaint, Cynthia Payne and Jonah Lomu

Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the life stories of people who have recently died.

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Roy Dommett, one of the UK's leading rocket scientists who was also a well known morris dancer.

Warren Mitchell, the actor best known for playing Alf Garnett in the TV sit com "Till Death Us Do Part"

Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans producer and musician who worked with many of the great names in rock.

Cynthia Payne, who ran a brothel at her home in Streatham where men exchanged luncheon vouchers for sex.

And Jonah Lomu, the rugby player who won 63 caps for the All Blacks and scored 37 international tries.

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28 minutes

Roy Dommett CBE

Matthew spoke to Rocket Historian, Dave Wright who pays tribute and fellow morris dancer and friend Cherith Simmons remembers him.

Born 25 June 1933; died 2 November 2015 aged 82.

Warren Mitchell

Matthew spoke to British Dramatist, Bernard Kops who pays tribute.

Born 14 January 1926; died 14 November 2015 aged 89.

Allen Toussaint

Last Word spoke to Garth Cartwright, Journalist and Author who pays tribute.

Born 14 January 1938; died 9 November 2015 aged 77.

Cynthia Payne

Matthew spoke to Paul Bailey, the author of Cynthia Payne biography who remembers her.

Born 24 December 1932; died 15 November 2015 aged 82.

Jonah Lomu (Pictured)

Born 12 May 12 1975, died 18 November 2015 aged 40.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Dave Wright
Interviewed Guest Cherith Simmons
Interviewed Guest Bernard Kops
Interviewed Guest Garth Cartwright
Interviewed Guest Paul Bailey
Producer Neil George