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Baroness Jowell, Will Alsop, Tom Wolfe, Dennis Nilsen

Obituary series. Matthew Bannister on politician Baroness Jowell, writer Tom Wolfe, murderer Dennis Nilsen and architect Will Alsop.

Matthew Bannister on

Baroness Jowell - the former Labour Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell - who led the campaign to bring the Olympic Games to London and supported the survivors of the 7/7 bombings.

Tom Wolfe, author of The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities and a pioneer of using literary techniques to tell factual stories.

Dennis Nilsen, who killed up to fifteen young men at his home in North London before dismembering their bodies. Kate Adie recalls covering the story for the BBC.

And Will Alsop, the maverick architect who won the Stirling Prize for designing the Peckham Library in South London.

Presenter: Matthew Bannister
Producer: Neil George.

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28 minutes

Baroness Jowell

Born 17 September 1947; died 12 May 2018.

Last Word spoke to BBC's former political editor, Nick Robinson and Tim Coulson a survivor of the 7/7 London Bombings.

Tom Wolfe

Born 2 March 1930; died 14 May 2018.

Author and journalist Michael Goldfarb paid tribute.

Will Alsop

Born 12 December 1947; died 12 May 2018.

Last Word spoke to Oliver Wainwright the Guardian's architecture and design critic, who interviewed Alsop and followed his career.

Dennis Nilsen

Born November 23 1945, 1945; died 12 May 2018.

Last Word spoke to Kate Adie, BBC's former Chief News Correspondent and Nilsen’s biographer journalist Russ Coffey.

Huguette Tourangeau

Born August 12 1938; died 21 April May 2018.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Nick Robinson
Interviewed Guest Tim Coulson
Interviewed Guest Michael Goldfarb
Interviewed Guest Oliver Wainwright
Interviewed Guest Kate Adie
Interviewed Guest Russ Coffey
Producer Neil George


  • Fri 18 May 2018 16:00
  • Sun 20 May 2018 20:30