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Ray Galton, Professor Gerald Russell, Evelyn Anthony, Sir Roger Gibbs, Montserrat Caballé

Matthew Bannister on comedy writer Ray Galton, psychiatrist Gerald Russell, novelist Evelyn Anthony, financier Sir Roger Gibbs and opera singer Montserrat Caballé.

Pictured: Montserrat Caballé

Matthew Bannister on

Ray Galton, who, with his writing partner Alan Simpson, created Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son. Paul Merton pays tribute.

Gerald Russell, the psychiatrist who was the first to describe the eating disorder bulimia nervosa.

Evelyn Anthony, the novelist whose historical romances sold millions of copies.

The financier Sir Roger Gibbs, who transformed the fortunes of the Wellcome Trust.

And the Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, who had a global hit with Barcelona - a duet with Freddie Mercury.

Interviewed guest: Paul Merton
Interviewed guest: Professor Janet Treasure
Interviewed guest: Ewan Ward-Thomas
Reader: Alexandra Constantinidi
Interviewed guest: Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller

Archive clips from: Read All About It, Radio 4 04/01/76; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 27/11/74; Woman's Hour, Radio 4 15/08/88; The Tamarind Seed, ITC/Jewel Productions/Pimlico Films/Lorimar Productions, directed by Blake Edwards 1974; The Wellcome Trust (https://wellcome.ac.uk/about-us); Aled Jones, Radio Wales 05/07/08; Laughed off the Page: Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, Radio Scotland 26/01/07; Hancock: The Radio Ham, BBC TV 1961; Steptoe and Son: The Offer, BBC Light Programme 03/07/66; The Wrong Arm of the Law (film trailer), Romulus Films/Robert Velaise Productions, directed by Cliff Owen 1963; Mark Lawson Talks To: Galton and Simpson, BBC TV 19/03/08; Eyes on Wales: Homeless, Radio Wales 04/06/95; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 10/10/81.

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Ray Galton

Born 17 July 1930; died 5 October 2018, aged 88.

Last Word spoke to comedian Paul Merton.

Professor Gerald Russell

Born 12 January 1928; died 26 July 2018, aged 90.

Last Word spoke to Professor Janet Treasure, Professor of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.

Evelyn Anthony

Born 3 July 1926; died 25 September 2018, aged 92.

Last Word spoke to her son Ewan Ward-Thomas.

Sir Roger Gibbs

Born 13 October 1934; died 3 October 2018, aged 83.

Last Word spoke to Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair of the Wellcome Trust.

Montserrat Caballé

Born 12 April 1933; died 6 October 2018, aged 85.

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