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68 People in sitter grouping:

At its peak, this hugely popular BBC Radio show was listened to by up to 29% of the population and received around 4400 letters per week. Originally called 'Any Questions', the panel show invited contributors to discuss questions sent in by listeners. First aired on the forces radio service in 1941, the founding members included the biologist Sir Julian Sorell Huxley and philosopher Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad. The subjects were as assorted as their guests and topics ranged from the serious to the irreverent. In 1950, the show was transferred to BBC Television before returning to BBC Radio 3 in the 1990s, when it was presented by Dame Joan Dawson Bakewell.

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade

Edward Neville da Costa Andrade

1887-1971
Physicist
Sitter in 10 portraits
Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan

1916-2000
Administrator and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

(Helen) Violet Bonham Carter (née Asquith), Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury

1887-1969
President of the Liberal Party Organisation; wife of Sir Maurice Bonham Carter; daughter of Herbert Asquith
Sitter associated with 31 portraits
Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

1910-1989
Philosopher
Sitter in 13 portraits
Michael Ayrton

Michael Ayrton

1921-1975
Artist
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist of 10 portraits
Joan Bakewell

Joan Bakewell

1933-
Broadcaster, writer and life peer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Donald Leighton Baverstock

Donald Leighton Baverstock

1924-1995
Television producer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir (Arthur) Beverley Baxter

Sir (Arthur) Beverley Baxter

1891-1964
Newspaper editor and politician
Sitter in 3 portraits
Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

1909-1997
Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Sir John Betjeman

Sir John Betjeman

1906-1984
Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 41 portraits
William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge

William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge

1879-1963
Social reformer and economist
Sitter in 24 portraits
Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby

1900-1986
Politician, author and broadcaster
Sitter in 40 portraits
Bernard Braden

Bernard Braden

1916-1993
Actor and television presenter
Sitter in 3 portraits
Jacob Bronowski

Jacob Bronowski

1908-1974
Mathematician, poet and humanist
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Collin Brooks

William Collin Brooks

1893-1959
Writer and journalist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock of Leafield

Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock of Leafield

1914-2004
Historian
Sitter in 2 portraits
Lord David Cecil

Lord David Cecil

1902-1986
Scholar, teacher and writer
Sitter in 74 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Prince Chula Chakrabongse

1908-1963
of Thailand; son of Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanadh
Sitter in 6 portraits
Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

Kenneth Clark, Baron Clark

1903-1983
Art historian and museum director
Sitter in 29 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Geoffrey Crowther, Baron Crowther

Geoffrey Crowther, Baron Crowther

1907-1972
Chairman and editor of the 'Economist'
Sitter in 16 portraits

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