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Barry Norman, Gordon Wilson, Geri Allen, John Thompson, Jack O'Neill

Matthew Bannister on film critic and journalist Barry Norman, politician Gordon Wilson, jazz pianist Geri Allen, radio regulator John Thompson and surf pioneer Jack O'Neill.

Matthew Bannister on

Barry Norman - best known for presenting the BBC television's Film programme,on radio he also fronted the Today Programme and the News Quiz.

Gordon Wilson, the leader who re-built the Scottish National Party after electoral defeat and internal division.

Jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen who played in a wide range of styles and was committed to the advancement of women in jazz.

John Thompson, the regulator who presided over the introduction of independent local radio in the UK.

And Jack O'Neill who made a successful business out of his obsession with surfing.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Barry Norman

Matthew spoke to fellow critic, Anthony Hayward and to former BBC producer Trevor Taylor who worked with him.

Born 21 August 1933; died 30 June 2017 aged 83.

Gordon Wilson

Matthew spoke to the Political Editor for BBC Scotland, Brian Taylor.

Born 16 April 1938; died 25 June 2017 aged 79.

Geri Allen

Last Word spoke to Radio 3 jazz presenter, Alyn Shipton.

Born 12 June 1957; died 27 June 2017 aged 60.

John Thompson

Matthew spoke to his former colleague, Tony Stoller.

Born 8 June 1928; died 18 May 2017 aged 88.

Jack O’Neill

Matthew spoke to his friend, Drew Kampion, who wrote a book about him.

Born 27 March 1923; died 2 June 2017 aged 94.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Anthony Hayward
Interviewed Guest Trevor Taylor
Interviewed Guest Brian Taylor
Interviewed Guest Alyn Shipton
Interviewed Guest Tony Stoller
Interviewed Guest Drew Kampion
Producer Neil George