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Jo Cox MP, Dave Swarbrick, Viktor Korchnoi, Wendy Leigh

Obituary series. Reeta Chakrabarti on the MP Jo Cox, the musician Dave Swarbrick, the chess player Viktor Korchnoi and the writer Wendy Leigh.

Reeta Chakrabarti on:

The MP Jo Cox , who was brutally killed in the street, after meeting local people in the West Yorkshire constituency she represented

The musician Dave Swarbrick, who found fame with the folk group Fairport Convention - and who celebrated the premature publication of his obituary by a newspaper, 17 years before his death.

The chess player Viktor Korchnoi, a grandmaster of the international circuit, who defected from the Soviet Union and whose career became enmeshed in Cold War politics.

And the showbiz writer Wendy Leigh, who produced racy celebrity biographies and steamy novels, and who had a long affair with the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell.

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28 minutes

Jo Cox MP (pictured)

Reeta spoke to Kate Proctor, Westminster Correspondent for the Yorkshire Post.

Born 22 June 1974; died 16 June 2016 aged 41.

Dave Swarbrick

Last Word spoke to bandmate Simon Nicol and to fellow musician Martin Carthy.

Born 5 April 1941; died 3 June 2016 aged 75.

Viktor Korchnoi

Last Word spoke to chess journalist, John Saunders and to fellow chess grandmaster, Nigel Short.

Born 23 March 1931; died 6 June 2016 aged 85.

Wendy Leigh

Reeta spoke to her friend, Professor Roy Greenslade and to fellow writer and biographer, Lesley-Ann Jones.

Born 13 September 1950; died 29 May 2016 aged 65.



Role Contributor
Presenter Reeta Chakrabarti
Interviewed Guest Kate Proctor
Interviewed Guest Simon Nicol
Interviewed Guest Martin Carthy
Interviewed Guest Nigel Short
Interviewed Guest Roy Greenslade
Interviewed Guest Lesley-Ann Jones
Producer Neil George