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Abu Kifah, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Brian Aldiss, Blanche Blackwell, Jerry Lewis

Kate Silverton on author Brian Aldiss, American comic Jerry Lewis, Syrian rescue worker Abu Kifah and national treasure Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Brian Aldiss - the gifted science fiction author who inspired the Hollywood movie AI artificial intelligence. Jerry Lewis the American comic who - with Dean Martin found fame as one of the most successful double acts of all time. Blanche Blackwell - the Jamaican society hostess who became Ian Fleming's lover and some believe - the inspiration for the Bond movie character Pussy Galore. Abu Kifah, the Syrian rescue worker who made headlines around the world after pulling a baby alive from the wreckage of a bombed out building - and Sir Bruce Forsyth whose death a week ago today has seen him fondly remembered for his contribution to British entertainment in a career spanning more than seven decades.

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28 minutes

Abu Kifah

Kate spoke to Syrian journalist Moaz Al Shami

Born 01 January 1992; died 12 August 2017 age 25

Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE

Kate spoke to his biographer Jules Stenson

Born 22 February 1928; died 18 August 2017 age 89

Brian Aldiss

Kate spoke to Brian’s daughter Wendy Aldiss, friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman, and writer David Wingrove

Born 18 August 1925; died 19 August 2017 age 92

Blanche Blackwell

Kate spoke to writer Andrew Lycett

Born 09 December 1912; died 08 August 2017 age 104

Jerry Lewis

Kate spoke to his biographer Shawn Levy

Born 16 March 1926; died 20 August 2017 age 91


Role Contributor
Presenter Kate Silverton
Interviewed Guest Moaz Al Shami
Interviewed Guest Jules Stenson
Interviewed Guest Wendy Aldiss
Interviewed Guest Neil Gaiman
Interviewed Guest David Wingrove
Interviewed Guest Andrew Lycett
Interviewed Guest Shawn Levy


  • Fri 25 Aug 2017 16:00
  • Sun 27 Aug 2017 20:30