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Simone Veil, Graham Rose, Tom Isaacs, Liu Xiaobo, Ken Hirst

Matthew Bannister on politician Simone Veil, commercials director Graham Rose, Parkinson's campaigner Tom Isaacs, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, colliery band secretary Ken Hirst.

Matthew Bannister on

Simone Veil, the Holocaust survivor who became a leading French politician and President of the European Parliament.

Graham Rose who directed some of the best loved TV commercials, including the award winning Photo Booth for Hamlet Cigars.

Tom Isaacs who was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 27 and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for research by walking right round the coastline of Britain.

The Chinese literary critic and dissident Liu Xiaobo who was one of the "four gentlemen" of the Tiananmen Square protests. He died while serving an eleven year sentence for advocating democracy.

Ken Hirst, secretary of the Grimethorpe Colliery Band for 42 years.

Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Simone Veil

Matthew spoke to political journalist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet

Born 13 July 1927; died 30 June 2017 aged 89

Graham Rose

Matthew spoke to the TV producer who formed Rose Hackney with Graham, John Hackney

Born 3 October 1948; died 12 May 2017 aged 68

Tom Isaacs

Matthew spoke to colleague Helen Matthews from The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and to sports broadcaster Clare Balding

Born April 2 1968; died 31 May 2017 aged 49

Liu Xiaobo

Matthew spoke to historian and political scientist, Rana Mitter

Born 28 December 1955; died 13 July 2017 aged 61

Ken Hirst

Matthew spoke to the band’s former conductor Elgar Howarth and the band's current secretary Peter Haigh

Born 28 April 1927; died 26 May 2017 aged 90


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Anne-Elisabeth Moutet
Interviewed Guest John Hackney
Interviewed Guest Helen Matthews
Interviewed Guest Clare Balding
Interviewed Guest Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest Elgar Howarth
Interviewed Guest Peter Haigh
Producer Neil George


  • Fri 14 Jul 2017 16:00
  • Sun 16 Jul 2017 20:30