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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, Terry Rawlings, Neus Català, Heather Harper CBE, Peter Mayhew

Matthew Bannister on Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, film editor Terry Rawlings, campaigner Neus Català, soprano Heather Harper, actor Peter Mayhew

Pictured: Peter Mayhew

Matthew Bannister on

Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg, who served with the Irish Guards during the war, liberated his own country and then presided over its prosperity.

Terry Rawlings, the film editor who worked on Alien, Chariots of Fire and the Bond film Goldeneye.

Neus Català, the Spanish communist who fought Franco, joined the French resistance and survived a Nazi death camp.

Heather Harper, the operatic soprano who was called up at the last minute to perform in the premiere of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem.

Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for playing Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films.

Interviewed guest: Patricia Treble
Interviewed guest: Major General Sir Robert Corbett, KCVO, CB
Interviewed guest: Ridley Scott
Interviewed guest: Michael Eaude
Interviewed guest: Eduardo Bennaroch
Reader: Helen Clapp
Producer: Neil George

Archive clips from: Passing Out Parade: HRH Prince Jean of Luxembourg, BBC Sound Archive, 29/07/1943; Alien, directed by Ridley Scott, Brandywine Productions/Twentieth Century-Fox Productions 1979; Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott, The Ladd Company/Shaw Brothers/Warner Bros./Blade Runner Partnership, 1982; Heather Harper: A Musical Portrait, BBC Two 30/08/1984; Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, directed by George Lucas, Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox 1977.

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Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg

Born 5 January 1921; died 23 April 2019, aged 98.

Last Word spoke to royalty expert and commentator Patricia Treble, and Major General Sir Robert Corbett, KCVO, CB.

Terry Rawlings

Born 4 November 1933; died 23 April 2019, aged 85.

Last Word spoke to film director Ridley Scott.

Neus Català

Born 6 October 1915; died 13 April 2019, aged 103.

Last Word spoke to Michael Eaude, author and expert on Spanish culture and history.

Heather Harper CBE

Born 8 May 1930; died 22 April 2019, aged 88.

Last Word spoke to her husband, music critic Eduardo Bennaroch.

Peter Mayhew

Born 19 May 1944; died 30 April 2019, aged 74.

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