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Dame Gillian Lynne, Peter Firmin, Reinhard Hardegen, Alan Longmuir

Obituary series. Matthew Bannister on choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, animator Peter Firmin, U-boat captain Reinhard Hardegen and Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir.

Photo: Dame Gillian Lynne

Matthew Bannister on:

The choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, best known for her work on Cats and the Phantom of the Opera.

Peter Firmin who, with his partner Oliver Postgate, created beloved children's TV characters like the Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss.

Reinhard Hardegen the last surviving U boat ace who took part in attacks on the East Coast of America in 1942

and Alan Longmuir, founder member of the Bay City Rollers.

Archive clips from: Front Row, Radio 4, TX 2.7.2018.

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28 minutes

Dame Gillian Lynne

Born 20 February 1926; died 1 July 2018 aged 92. 

Last Word spoke to her husband, Peter Land.

Peter Firmin

Born 11 December 1928; died 1 July 2018 aged 89.

Last Word spoke to his daughter, Emily Firmin and to Dan Postgate whose father Oliver was a close colleague and collaborator.

Reinhard Hardegen

Born 18 March 1913; died 9 June 2018 aged 105.

Last Word spoke to historian Iain Ballantyne, author of The Deadly Trade.

Alan Longmuir

Born 20 June 1948; died 2 July 2018 aged 70.

Last Word spoke to Caroline Sullivan, rock and pop writer for The Guardian.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Peter Land
Interviewed Guest Emily Firmin
Interviewed Guest Dan Postgate
Interviewed Guest Iain Ballantyne
Interviewed Guest Caroline Sullivan