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John Glenn, Peter Vaughan, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Greg Lake

Matthew Bannister on astronaut John Glenn, actor Peter Vaughan, Indian politician Jayalalitha Jayaram, musician Greg Lake.

Matthew Bannister on

John Glenn, the astronaut who was the first American to orbit the earth and later the oldest man ever to be sent into space.

The actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his roles in Porridge, Our Friends In the North and latterly Game of Thrones.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the autocratic chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu who was imprisoned for corruption, but re-elected afterwards.

And Greg Lake - the guitarist and singer who was part of the supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer and recorded a classic Christmas single.

Producer: Dianne McGregor.

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28 minutes

John Glenn

Last Word spoke to the writer Andrew Smith.

Born 18 July 1921; died 8 December 2016 aged 95.

Peter Vaughan

Last Word spoke to Peter Flannery, writer of Our Friends in the North, and the actor, Owen Teale.

Born 4 April 1923; died 6 December 2016 aged 93.

Jayalalitha Jayaram

Last Word spoke to the journalist and author, Vaasanthi, and former BBC India correspondent, Mark Tully.

Born 24 February 1948; died 5 December 2016 aged 68.

Greg Lake

Last Word spoke to the broadcaster, Bob Harris, and ELP bandmate Carl Palmer.

Born 10 November 1947; died 7 December 2016 aged 69.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Dianne McGregor
Interviewed Guest Andrew Smith
Interviewed Guest Peter Flannery
Interviewed Guest Owen Teale
Interviewed Guest Vaasanthi
Interviewed Guest Mark Tully
Interviewed Guest Bob Harris
Interviewed Guest Carl Palmer