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Tam Dalyell MP, Victor Lownes, Babette Cole, Zhou Youguang, Gorden Kaye

Matthew Bannister on MP Tam Dalyell, playboy Victor Lownes, children's author Babette Cole, linguist Zhou Youguang, actor Gorden Kaye.

Matthew Bannister on

The Labour MP Tam Dalyell who asked the West Lothian Question and pursued Margaret Thatcher over the sinking of the Belgrano.

Victor Lownes who ran Playboy's clubs in the UK - and lived up to the magazine's lifestyle and values.

Children's author Babette Cole, best known for writing and illustrating Princess Smartypants and The Trouble with Mum.

The Chinese economist and linguistics expert Zhou Youguang who came up with the Pinyin system of turning Chinese characters into Roman letters.

And the actor Gorden Kaye, best known for playing the cafe owner Rene in the comedy series 'Allo 'Allo.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Tam Dalyell (pictured)

Matthew spoke live in the studio to Brian Taylor, the BBC's political editor for Scotland.

Born 9 August 1932; died 26 January 2017 aged 84. 

Victor Lownes

Matthew spoke to comedian Kenny Lynch and to Russell Miller, author of Bunny; The Real Story of Playboy.

Born 17 April 1928; died 11 January 2017 aged 88. 

Babette Cole

Matthew spoke to the Julia Eccleshare, Children's Books editor for The Guardian. 

Born 10 September 1949; died 15 January 2017 aged 67. 

Zhou Youguang

Last Word spoke to Endymion Wilkinson, the former EU Ambassador to China and Mongolia and to Dr Yan Jiang of the Department of Linguistics at SOAS.

Born 13 January 1906; died 14 January 2017 aged 111. 

Gorden Kaye

Born 7 April 1941; died 23 January 2017 aged 75.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Neil George
Interviewed Guest Brian Taylor
Interviewed Guest Kenny Lynch
Interviewed Guest Russell Miller
Interviewed Guest Julia Eccleshare
Interviewed Guest Endymion Wilkinson
Interviewed Guest Yan Jiang