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Burt Reynolds, Lord Peter Melchett, Rita Borsellino, Ajit Wadekar

Matthew Bannister on film star Burt Reynolds, environmentalist Lord Melchett, anti mafia campaigner Rita Borsellino, cricketer Ajit Wadekar.

Pictured: Burt Reynolds

Matthew Bannister on

The prolific career of the movie star Burt Reynolds. The 'Deliverance' director John Boorman pays tribute.

The environmental campaigner Lord Melchett who, as executive director of Greenpeace, was arrested during a protest against GM crops.

The Italian anti-mafia campaigner Rita Borsellino who took up the cause after her brother was killed by a car bomb.

And the Indian cricket captain Ajit Wadekar, who led the national side to victory against the West Indies and England in the 1970s.

Archive clips from: Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 30/01/2000; Outlook, World Service 16/03/2017; Test Match Special: Seasons To Savour, Radio 4 1971.

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Burt Reynolds

Born 11 February 1936; died 6 September 2018, aged 82.

Last Word spoke to film director John Boorman, and film critic Karen Krizanovich.

Lord Peter Melchett

Born 24 February 1948; died 29 August 2018, aged 70.

Last Word spoke to Tom Burke, friend and fellow environmentalist.

Rita Borsellino

Born 2 June 1945; died 15 August 2018, aged 73.

Last Word spoke to David Willey, BBC reporter in Rome.

Ajit Wadekar

Born 1 April 1941; died 15 August 2018, aged 77.

Last Word spoke to Mihir Bose, former BBC sports editor.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest John Boorman
Interviewed Guest Karen Krizanovich
Interviewed Guest Tom Burke
Interviewed Guest David Willey
Interviewed Guest Mihir Bose