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George Martin, Nancy Reagan, Ray Tomlinson, Gillian Avery

Reeta Chakrabarti talks about music producer Sir George Martin, US first lady Nancy Reagan, internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson and children's author Gillian Avery.

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Sir George Martin, the legendary music producer who oversaw the Beatles' phenomenal success.
Nancy Reagan, the US First Lady, who went from actor to political wife, to campaigner against drug abuse.
Ray Tomlinson, one of the pioneers of the internet, and a founder of the email system.
And Gillian Avery, historian and award-winning author of children's literature.

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28 minutes

George Martin

Music Producer.

Last Word spoke to Pete Waterman, music producer and fellow train enthusiast, musicians John McLaughlin and John Watson, and were joined live in studio by academic, Dr Richard Mills.

Born 3rd January 1926; died 9th March 2016 Aged 90

Nancy Reagan

Former First Lady and Hollywood Actress.

Last Word spoke to James Cox, former North America correspondent for the BBC.

Born 6th July 1921; died 6th march 2016 Aged 94

Ray Tomlinson

Inventor of the email.

Last Word spoke to English technology writer, Bill Thompson.

Born 23rd April 1941; died 5th March 2016 Aged 74

Gillian Avery

Children's Author.

Last Word spoke to Julia Eccleshare, Children's Books Editor for The Guardian.

Born 30th September 1926; died 31st January 2016 Aged 89


Role Contributor
Presenter Reeta Chakrabarti