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Joao Havelange, Sonia Rykiel, Gene Wilder, Toots Thielemans

Matthew Bannister on FIFA President Joao Havelange, fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, actor Gene Wilder, jazz musician Toots Thielemans.

Matthew Bannister on

João Havelange, the President of the international football federation, FIFA, who stepped down amid allegations of corruption.

The French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel who broke the conventions of haute couture to produce wearable clothes for women on the go.

Gene Wilder, the comedy film actor best known for his roles as Willy Wonka in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and in Mel Brooks films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

And Toots Thielemans, the jazz musician who played the harmonica and made his name by whistling along to his own guitar.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

João Havelange

Matthew spoke to journalist, Andrew Jennings, to Paul Martin, sports correspondent for The Times and to sports marketing consultant, Patrick Nally.

Born 8 May 1916; died 16 August 2016 aged 100.

Sonia Rykiel

Last Word spoke to her photographer and friend Dominique Isserman, to fashion historian Amber Butchart, and to Tony Glenville, Creative Director at the London College of Fashion.

Born 25 May 1930; died 25 August 2016 aged 86.

Gene Wilder (pictured)

Last Word spoke to film journalist, Karen Krizanovich.

Born 11 June 1933; died 28 August 2016 aged 83.

Toots Thielemans

Last Word spoke to jazz musician and broadcaster, Julian Joseph.

Born 29 April 1922; died 22 August 2016 aged 94.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest Dominique Isserman
Interviewed Guest Amber Butchart
Interviewed Guest Tony Glenville
Interviewed Guest Andrew Jennings
Interviewed Guest Paul Martin
Interviewed Guest Patrick Nally
Interviewed Guest Julian Joseph
Producer Neil George