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Sir Jonathan Miller, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Clive James AO, CBE

Matthew Bannister on director Sir Jonathan Miller, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, writer and TV presenter Clive James

Pictured: Jonathan Miller

Matthew Bannister on

Sir Jonathan Miller, who hated the term polymath - but undoubtedly was one. He came to fame in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe, was a celebrated opera and theatre director and sometimes regretted his decision not to concentrate on his first calling as a doctor.

Field Marshal Lord Bramall, the Chief of the Defence Staff who saw action in the D Day landings, predicted the threat of terrorism and was wrongly accused of sexual abuse late in his life.

Clive James, whose memorable turns of phrase made TV criticism an art form. He presented programmes dissecting TV from around the world, but was also a literary critic, essayist and poet who wrote acclaimed memoirs.

Interviewed guest: William Miller
Interviewed guest: Kate Bassett
Interviewed guest: Lieutenant Colonel Jan-Dirk von Merveldt
Interviewed guest: Lieutenant-General Sir Peter Royson Duffell KCB CBE MC
Interviewed guest: Russell Davies

Producer: Neil George

Archive clips from: Saturday Night Clive, BBC TV 11/11/1989; The Tingle Factor, Radio 4 Extra 02/08/2016; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 23/01/2005; Arena, BBC Two 31/03/2012; The Complete Beyond the Fringe, Parlophone Records Ltd 21/10/1996; The Body in Question, BBC TV 06/11/1978; D-Day: The Last Heroes, BBC One 08/06/2019; Today, Radio 4 06/06/1994; The Report: Lord Bramall, Radio 4 04/02/2016; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 16/06/2000; A Point of View, Radio 4 26/04/2009; The Clive James TV Show, ITV 1996; Front Row, Radio 4 03/04/2015.

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Sir Jonathan Miller

Born 21 July 1934; died 27 November 2019, aged 85.

Last Word spoke to his son William Miller, and his friend and biographer Kate Bassett.

Field Marshal Lord Bramall

Born 18 December 1923; died 12 November 2019, aged 95.

Last Word spoke to Lieutenant Colonel Jan-Dirk von Merveldt and Lieutenant-General Sir Peter Royson Duffell KCB CBE MC.

Clive James AO, CBE

Born 7 October 1939; died 24 November 2019, aged 80.

Last Word spoke to his friend, journalist and broadcaster Russell Davies.

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