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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.

Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel

Herbert Louis Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel

1870-1963
Home Secretary, 1st High Commissioner of Palestine and leader of the Liberal Party
Sitter in 45 portraits
Malcolm Sargent

Malcolm Sargent

1895-1967
Conductor
Sitter in 46 portraits
Hannen Swaffer

Hannen Swaffer

1879-1962
Journalist and drama critic
Sitter in 19 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Howard Thomas

1909-1986
Writer, Broadcaster and film and television impresario
Sitter in 2 portraits
Ellen Cicely Wilkinson

Ellen Cicely Wilkinson

1891-1947
Labour politician; MP for Middlesbrough East and Jarrow, Minister for Education and Parliamentary Private Secretary
Sitter in 33 portraits
Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

Bernard Arthur Owen Williams

1929-2003
Professor of Philosophy
Sitter in 1 portrait
John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden

John Frederick Wolfenden, Baron Wolfenden

1906-1985
Headmaster, educationist and public servant
Sitter in 11 portraits
Barbara Frances (née Adam), Baroness Wootton of Abinger

Barbara Frances (née Adam), Baroness Wootton of Abinger

1897-1988
Professor of social studies and philanthropist
Sitter in 1 portrait

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