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Brains Trust


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.

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox

Ronald Arbuthnott Knox

1888-1957
Roman Catholic churchman, scholar and writer
Sitter in 13 portraits
Marghanita Laski

Marghanita Laski

1915-1988
Novelist, critic and journalist
Sitter in 5 portraits
James Laver

James Laver

1899-1975
Writer
Sitter in 39 portraits
Jennie Lee

Jennie Lee

1904-1988
Labour politician; MP for Cannock and North Lanarkshire and Minister for the Arts; wife of Aneurin Bevan
Sitter in 33 portraits
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis

1898-1963
Author
Sitter in 5 portraits
William Donald Hamilton McCullough

William Donald Hamilton McCullough

1901-1978
Advertising and public relations consultant
Sitter in 14 portraits
Compton Mackenzie

Compton Mackenzie

1883-1972
Writer
Sitter associated with 76 portraits
(Basil) Kingsley Martin

(Basil) Kingsley Martin

1897-1969
Journalist and writer
Sitter in 14 portraits
Walter Robert Matthews

Walter Robert Matthews

1881-1973
Dean of St Paul's and theologian
Sitter in 13 portraits
Yehudi Menuhin

Yehudi Menuhin

1916-1999
Violinist, conductor and philanthropist
Sitter in 45 portraits
Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge

1903-1990
Television presenter, journalist and editor
Sitter in 20 portraits
(George) Gilbert Aimé Murray

(George) Gilbert Aimé Murray

1866-1957
Classicist and writer
Sitter in 22 portraits
Anna Neagle

Anna Neagle

1904-1986
Actress and film producer
Sitter in 42 portraits
Harold Nicolson

Harold Nicolson

1886-1968
Diplomat and writer; husband of Vita Sackville-West
Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Frank O'Connor

Frank O'Connor

1903-1966
Writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Dilys Powell

Dilys Powell

1901-1995
Film critic and writer
Sitter in 11 portraits
John Primatt Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud

John Primatt Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud

1906-1982
Public servant
Sitter in 8 portraits
Egon Ronay

Egon Ronay

1915-2010
Food critic and founder of the Egon Ronay hotel and restaurant guides
Sitter in 1 portrait
Hugh Ross Williamson

Hugh Ross Williamson

1901-1978
Writer and editor of the 'Bookman' and the 'Strand'
Sitter in 20 portraits
Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

1872-1970
Philosopher, mathematician and social reformer
Sitter in 119 portraits

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