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Sir Lawrence Byford, Sridevi Kapoor, Dame Beulah Bewley, Ernest Hecht, Lewis Gilbert

Matthew Bannister on publisher Ernest Hecht, film director Lewis Gilbert, doctor Dame Beulah Bewley, police officer Sir Lawrence Byford and Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor.

Photo: Sridevi Kapoor

Matthew Bannister on

Ernest Hecht, who founded the Souvenir Press, which published books from Nobel prize winners like Pablo Neruda, academics like Noam Chomsky and best sellers on sexual techniques and toilet paper.

Lewis Gilbert who directed Alfie, Educating Rita and three James Bond movies.

Dame Beulah Bewley who carried out significant research into the effects of smoking on children and advanced the cause of women in medicine.

Sir Lawrence Byford, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary who examined the failings of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper.

Sridevi Kapoor who was often described as Bollywood's first female superstar.

Archive clips from: NEWS, Radio 4, 21.9.1984; THE REUNION, Radio 4, 26.08.2016; YORKSHIRE RIPPER INVESTIGATION, Radio 4, 19/01/1982

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28 minutes

Sir Lawrence Byford

Last Word spoke to his son Mark Byford.

Born 10 August 1925; died 10 February 2018, aged 92

Sridevi Kapoor

Last Word spoke to the Bollywood critic Anil Sinanan.

Born 13 August 1963; died 24 February 2018, aged 54

Dame Beulah Bewley

Last Word spoke to her daughter Susan Bewley. 

Born 2 September 1929, died 20 January 2018, aged 88

Ernest Hecht

Last Word spoke to Ernest's friends Barb Jungr and Anne Dolamore. 

Born 21 September 1929, died 13 February 2018, aged 88

Lewis Gilbert

Last Word spoke to film critic of the Financial Times, Nigel Andrews.

Born 6 March 1920, died 23 February 2018, aged 97


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Mark Byford
Interviewed Guest Anil Sinanan
Interviewed Guest Susan Bewley
Interviewed Guest Barb Jungr
Interviewed Guest Anne Dolamore
Interviewed Guest Nigel Andrews