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  1. Obitwatcher

    The Dead of 2022

    Hilary Mantel dead aged 70 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/23/hilary-mantel-author-wolf-hall-dies
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    Ideas and possibilities for 2023

    The death of the Queen reminds me of the once ubiquitous Sarah Bradford, the royal biographer, whose most recent television appearances (none that I have seen post the death of the Queen), have seen her wearing a hat, which makes one wonder about cancer. I read that she is now 84; would she be a big enough name for DL? I'm sure the Times and Telegraph would carry obituaries, and she is also Viscountess Bangor, for what that's worth.
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    Ideas and possibilities 2022

    Eleanor Bron looked (to me at least) almost unrecognisable in her latest appearance on Midsomer Murders. Possible ill health? Will be sorry if so, as she is a fine actress.
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    Political Frailty

    Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, 81, sounds a bit frail giving this tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. Never had a strong voice, but possibly worth consideration in future years.
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    The Dead of 2021

    Per Telegraph Obituaries this morning, British director Michael Apted of the 'Up' series has died aged 79 and pioneering journalist Katharine Whitehorn (I recommend her autobiography) has died at 92.
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    Ideas and possibilities 2022

    Perhaps they're not sufficiently well known outside the UK, but I'm sure the fine actors below would all merit obituaries and so I'm surprised they have been omitted from the list in the last couple of years: Dame Joan Plowright (Lady OIivier) Joss Ackland Colin Jeavons Peter Cellier John Nettleton Michael Jayston Peter Bowles Doreen Mantle
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    I have been doing some more thinking about potential names: From the world of British politics: Lord Robert Armstrong (ex UK Cabinet Secretary) Lady Marcia Falkender (former advisor to PM Harold Wilson) [86] Joe Haines [90] Bernard Ingham (Thatcher's press secretary) [86] Lord Norman Tebbit (Thatcher cabinet minister) [84 Lord Kenneth Baker (Ditto) [84] Lord Nigel Lawson (Chancellor of the Exchequer) Other: Sir Lenox Hewitt (Australian senior public servant, father of Blair cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt) [now 101] Tom Hughes (Australian attorney general in the Gorton government) [95] By 2020 it may, sadly, be time to consider some British theatrical dames: Patricia Routledge
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    I have been doing some more thinking about potential names: From the world of British politics: Lord Robert Armstrong (ex UK Cabinet Secretary) [91] (age at time of writing) Lady Marcia Falkender (former advisor to PM Harold Wilson) [86] Joe Haines [90] Bernard Ingham (Thatcher's press secretary) [86] Lord Norman Tebbit (Thatcher cabinet minister) [84] Lord Kenneth Baker (Ditto) [84] Lord Nigel Lawson (Chancellor of the Exchequer) [86] Other: Sir Lenox Hewitt (Australian senior public servant, father of Blair cabinet minister Patricia Hewitt) [now 101] Tom Hughes, QC (Australian attorney general in the Gorton government) [95] In light of June Whitfield's demise in Dec. 2018, it occurs to me that it may, sadly, be time to consider some British theatrical dames- (I have already mentioned Angela Lansbury and Joan Plowright): Patricia Routledge [89] The 1934 crowd Judi Dench Maggie Smith Eileen Atkins
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    Ideas and Possibilities for 2020

    Dear All, New to this forum- some thoughts below: HRH Duke of Edinburgh Billy Connolly Terrance Dicks (former script editor on Doctor Who) Dame Joan Plowright (Lady Olivier) Lady Pamela Hicks Bob Hawke Dame Angela Lansbury Lady Avon (Clarissa Eden) Lord Douglas Hurd Jill Knight Barry Cryer Nicholas Parsons
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