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Professor Stephen Hawking, Hubert de Givenchy, Michele Hanson, Sir John Sulston, Sir Ken Dodd

Matthew Bannister on cosmologist Stephen Hawking, designer Hubert de Givenchy, columnist Michele Hanson, biologist Sir John Sulston and comedian Ken Dodd.

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Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world's best known scientists who carried out pioneering research into black holes. The Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees pays tribute.

Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who dressed Audrey Hepburn.

Michele Hanson who wrote a popular newspaper column about her struggles to bring up her teenage daughter. That daughter - Amy - pays tribute.

Sir John Sulston, the biologist who led the project to sequence the human genome.

And the comedian Sir Ken Dodd, whose shows could last into the early hours of the morning.

Archive clips from:TODAY PROGRAMME, RADIO 4 14/3/2018; THE KEY TO THE UNIVERSE:THE SEARCH FOR THE LAWS OF CREATION, BBC TV 27/01/1977; KEN DODD:HOW TICKLED I'VE BEEN, RADIO 2 03/11/2007; DESERT ISLAND DISCS, RADIO 4 03/06/1990; HOME TRUTHS, RADIO 4 03/01/2004; LATE NIGHT WOMAN’S HOUR, RADIO 4 26/05/2017; THE LIFE SCIENTIFIC, RADIO 4 29/11/2011; DESERT ISLAND DISCS, RADIO 4 13/05/2001

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Professor Stephen Hawking

Born 8 January 1942; died 14 March 2018 aged 76

Last Word spoke to Professor Sir Martin Rees Astronomer Royal and Brian Dickie the Director of Research MND Association.

Hubert de Givenchy

Born 21 February 1927; died 10 March 2018 aged 91

Last Word spoke to Fashion Writer, Veronica Horwell.

Michele Hanson

Born 13 September 1942; died 2 March 2018 aged 75

Last Word spoke to her daughter, Amy Hanson.

Sir John Sulston

Born 27 March 1942; died 6 March 2018 aged 75

Last Word spoke to science writer, Georgina Ferry.

Sir Ken Dodd

Born 8 November 1927; died 11 March 2018 aged 90

Last Word spoke to former radio light entertainment producer, Andy Ayliff.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Martin Rees
Interviewed Guest Amy Hanson
Interviewed Guest Brian Dickie
Interviewed Guest Andy Ayliff
Interviewed Guest Veronica Horwell
Interviewed Guest Georgina Ferry

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