David Bellamy, Nell Gifford, Yasuhiro Nakasone, Mariss Jansons
Matthew Bannister on botanist David Bellamy, circus owner Nell Gifford, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, conductor Mariss Jansons
Pictured: David Bellamy
Matthew Bannister on
David Bellamy, the botanist who became a household name through his popular TV programmes, but fell from prominence after describing man-made global warming as "poppycock".
Nell Gifford, who founded and ran a circus company known for its retro styling and creativity.
Yasuhiro Nakasone, the Japanese Prime Minister who formed a strong bond with US President Ronald Reagan and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Mariss Jansons, the Latvian-born conductor noted for his interpretation of Mahler and Strauss.
Interviewed guest: David Shreeve
Interviewed guest: Chris Baines
Interviewed guest: Cal McCrystal
Interviewed guest: Dr Christopher Hood
Interviewed guest: Norman Lebrecht
Producer: Neil George
Archive clips from: Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 01/01/1978; Profile, Radio 4 16/09/1983; Torrey Canyon and the Toxic Tides, Radio 4 18/03/2017; Today, Radio 4 12/12/2019; Backyard Safari, BBC One 09/07/1981; Bard on the Box, BBC Two 23/10/1994; Midweek, Radio 4 08/06/2011; Nell Gifford: Behind the Curtain, directed by Gem Hall, July 2019; The World Tonight, Radio 4 11/06/1984; Nippon: Risen Sun, BBC Two 09/12/1990; Reagan/Nakasone arrival ceremony, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 30/04/1987; Mariss Jansons interviewed by Norman Lebrecht, Radio 3 29/08/2007.
Born 18 January 1933; died 11 December 2019, aged 86.
Last Word spoke to David Shreeve, co-founder of the Conservation Foundation, and naturalist Chris Baines.
Born 24 January 1973; died 8 December 2019, aged 46.
Last Word spoke to Cal McCrystal, writer and director.
Born 27 May 1918; died 29 November 2019, aged 101.
Last Word spoke to Dr Christopher Hood, Reader in Japanese Studies at the School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University.
Born 14 Jan 1943; died 30 November 2019, aged 76.
Last Word spoke to Norman Lebrecht, commentator on music and cultural affairs.