Main content

Niki Lauda, Judith Kerr, IM Pei, Herman Wouk

Matthew Bannister on racing driver Niki Lauda, children's author Judith Kerr, architect IM Pei, novelist Herman Wouk.

Pictured: Judith Kerr

Matthew Bannister on

Niki Lauda, the fearless racing driver who survived a terrible crash to make a dramatic comeback on the track.

Judith Kerr, the author of much-loved children's books including the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

I.M. Pei, the architect best known for the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris.

Herman Wouk, the American novelist and screenwriter who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Caine Mutiny.

Interviewed guest: Simon Taylor
Interviewed guest: Julia Eccleshare
Contributor: Michael Goldfarb
Interviewed guest: Professor Eric Homberger
Producer: Neil George

Archive clips from: South African Grand Prix 1976, BBC Sound Archives; Rush, directed by Ron Howard, Working Title Films/Imagine Entertainment/Cross Creek Pictures/DNEG/Revolution Films/ Exclusive Media Group 2013; Hunt/Lauda, Radio 4 24/03/2013; The World At One, Radio 4 12/11/1981; BBC News, 28/05/1991; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 29/02/2004; When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, read by Rosemary Leach, Radio 4 Extra 02/10/2017; The 60 Minutes Interview: I.M. Pei, CBS News 1987; Readings by Herman Wouk, University of California TV 24/01/2008.

Available now

28 minutes

Niki Lauda

Born 22 February 1949; died 20 May 2019, aged 70.

Last Word spoke to Simon Taylor, former BBC Formula One motor racing correspondent.

Judith Kerr OBE

Born 14 June 1923; died 22 May 2019, aged 95.

Last Word spoke to Julia Eccleshare, Director of the Hay Children’s Festival.

I.M. Pei

Born 26 April 1917; died 16 May 2019, aged 102.

Journalist and writer Michael Goldfarb pays tribute.

Herman Wouk

Born 27 May 1915; died 17 May 2019, aged 103.

Last Word spoke to Eric Homberger, Emeritus Professor, School of Art, Media and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.