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Kofi Annan, Janice Tchalenko, Hugh Synge, Helen MacLeod, Hettie Williams

Julian Worricker on UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ceramicist Janice Tchalenko, botanist Hugh Synge, harpist Helen MacLeod and schoolteacher Hettie Williams.

Pictured: Kofi Annan

Julian Worricker on:

Diplomat Kofi Annan, who rose through the ranks of the United Nations, to serve as its secretary-general for nine years....

Janice Tchalenko, a ceramicist, designer and artist, who bridged the gap between art and large-scale production...

The botanist, Hugh Synge, voted one of the 20 most influential British conservationists....

One of the finest harp players of her generation - Helen MacLeod - a champion of the music of the West Highlands of Scotland...

And Hettie Williams, who at 23, led her class of terrified pupils to safety during the Aberfan disaster.

Archive clips from: Night Waves, Radio 3 10/10/2012; Surviving Aberfan, BBC Four 20/10/2016; Saturday Review, BBC TV 02/11/1985; See Hear, BBC TV 01/02/2012.

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28 minutes

Kofi Annan

Born 8 April 1938; died 18 August 2018, aged 80.

Last Word spoke to Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Chairman of the United Nations Association of the UK.

Janice Tchalenko

Born 5 April 1942; died 22 July 2018, aged 76.

Last Word spoke to writer and historian Dr Rosemary Hill.

Hugh Synge

Born 4 August 1951; died 4 August 2018, aged 67.

Last Word spoke to botanist John Akeroyd.

Helen MacLeod

Born 1 December 1980; died 23 July 2018, aged 37.

Last Word spoke to Donald Grant, musician and personal friend.

Hettie Williams

Born 12 July 1943; died 3 August 2018, aged 75.

Last Word spoke to David Davies, a former pupil and Chairman of the Aberfan Memorial Charity.


Role Contributor
Presenter Julian Worricker
Interviewed Guest Jeremy Greenstock
Interviewed Guest Rosemary Hill
Interviewed Guest John Akeroyd
Interviewed Guest Donald Grant
Interviewed Guest David Davies