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Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders

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Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders, by Trevor Leighton, 1984 - NPG x29720 - © Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Trevor Leighton / National Portrait Gallery, London

Dawn French; Jennifer Saunders

by Trevor Leighton
bromide print, 1984
7 1/2 in. x 7 1/2 in. (191 mm x 190 mm)
Given by Trevor Leighton, 1987
Photographs Collection
NPG x29720

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  • Trevor Leighton (1957-), Photographer. Artist associated with 248 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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The Provisional IRA bomb the Grand Hotel in Brighton where various politicians, including the Prime Minister, where staying for the annual Conservative Party conference. The bomb killed five people including a conservative MP, but no members of the cabinet. Thatcher began the next session of the conference the following morning at 9.30 as planned saying: 'all attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail.'

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Dr Alec Jeffreys discovers that patterns in an individual's DNA can be identified and that each person has a unique 'genetic fingerprint'. The technique was soon utilised by forensic scientists to help in criminal investigations, and in order to identify human remains, for paternity testing, and to match organ donors. Ted Hughes is appointed poet Laureate.


Ethiopia suffers severe drought and famine. The Ethiopian government responded by uprooting large numbers of peasants in the worst affected areas and by setting up new villages for the displaced people. However, the planned villages were frequently poorly equipped and many people chose to flee rather than acquiesce with government plans leading to further decline in food production and bringing the total death toll to over 1 million.

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