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John W Young, Peter Preston, Raymond Thomas, Sir Brian Neill QC, Heather Stewart

Matthew Bannister on astronaut John W Young, editor Peter Preston, musician Ray Thomas, judge Sir Brian Neill and pilot Heather Stewart.

Photo: John W. Young

Matthew Bannister on

John W. Young the American astronaut who went into in space six times, including landing on the moon and commanding the first space shuttle flight.

Peter Preston the long serving editor of the Guardian who re-designed and modernised the paper.

Ray Thomas the flautist and singer who was a founding member of the Moody Blues.

Sir Brian Neill, the barrister and judge who defended the Sunday Times in the Thalidomide court case.

Heather Stewart, the pilot who risked her life to fly cargo and passengers through war zones in Africa.

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John W. Young

Last Word spoke to space historian Andrew Chaikin, and writer Andrew Smith.

Born 24 September 1930; died 5 January 2018, aged 87.

Peter Preston

Last Word spoke to journalist David McKie.

Born 23 May 1938; died 6 January 2018, aged 79.

Raymond Thomas

Last Word spoke to music journalist Malcolm Dome.

Born 29 December 1941; died 4 January 2018, aged 76.

Sir Brian Neill QC

Last Word spoke to his son Mike Neill, Professor Richard Susskind OBE, and retired Judge Sir Henry Brooke.

Born 2 August 1923; died 24 December 2017, aged 94. 

Heather Stewart

Last Word spoke to her friend and fellow pilot Iris McCallum.

Born 3 March 1939; died 21 October 2017, aged 78.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Andrew Chaikin
Interviewed Guest Andrew Smith
Interviewed Guest David McKie
Interviewed Guest Malcolm Dome
Interviewed Guest Mike Neill
Interviewed Guest Richard Susskind
Interviewed Guest Henry Brooke
Interviewed Guest Iris McCallum