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John Surtees, Gordon Thomas, Sir Howard Hodgkin, H. Boyd Woodruff, Joni Sledge

Matthew Bannister on racing driver John Surtees, writer Gordon Thomas, artist Sir Howard Hodgkin, microbiologist Boyd Woodruff, singer Joni Sledge.

Matthew Bannister on

The racing driver John Surtees who won world championships on two wheels and four.

Gordon Thomas who wrote best selling books about espionage and religion.

Sir Howard Hodgkin - one of the UK's most admired modern painters.

H. Boyd Woodruff, the microbiologist who isolated life saving antibiotics in soil.

Joni Sledge one of four singing sisters in the disco group Sister Sledge.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

John Surtees

Matthew spoke to the motor racing historian Simon Taylor.

Born 11 February 1934; died 10 March 2017 aged 83.

Gordon Thomas

Matthew spoke to documentary maker and writer Max Morgan Witts and to the journalist Liam Collins.

Born 1933; died 3 March 2017 aged 84. 

Sir Howard Hodgkin

Matthew spoke to Robin Vousden the director of the Gagosian Gallery, London.

Born 6 August 1932; died 9 March 2017 aged 84.

H. Boyd Woodruff

Matthew spoke to Professor Douglas Eveleigh and his son Hugh Woodruff.

Born 22 July 1917; died 19 January 2017 aged 99.

Joni Sledge

Last Word spoke to music journalist Jacqueline Springer and Joni’s sister Kim Sledge.

Born 13 September 1956; died 10 March 2017 aged 60.


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Simon Taylor
Interviewed Guest Liam Collins
Interviewed Guest Robin Vousden
Interviewed Guest Douglas Eveleigh
Interviewed Guest Hugh Woodruff
Interviewed Guest Jacqueline Springer
Interviewed Guest Kim Sledge
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Producer Neil George