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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
Cyril Dean Darlington

Cyril Dean Darlington

1903-1981
Cytogeneticist and evolutionist
Sitter in 6 portraits
Joost De Blank

Joost De Blank

1908-1968
Canon of Westminster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Walter Elliot Elliot

Walter Elliot Elliot

1888-1958
Scottish Politician; Minister of Agriculture and Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Sitter in 9 portraits
(Benjamin) Ifor Evans, Baron Evans of Hungershall

(Benjamin) Ifor Evans, Baron Evans of Hungershall

1899-1982
Literary scholar and college administrator
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Norman George Fisher

1910-1972
Chief education officer and Chairman of Butterworth & Co Ltd
Sitter in 1 portrait
Michael Flanders

Michael Flanders

1922-1975
Actor, broadcaster and writer
Sitter in 9 portraits
Margery Fry

Margery Fry

1874-1958
Social and penal reformer; sister of Roger Fry
Sitter in 4 portraits
Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

Quintin McGarel Hogg, 1st Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

1907-2001
Lord Chancellor; son of 1st Viscount Hailsham
Sitter in 49 portraits
Lionel Ramsay Hale

Lionel Ramsay Hale

1909-1977
Playwright and journalist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Sir Peter Hall

Sir Peter Hall

1930-2017
Director and producer of theatre, opera and film
Sitter in 22 portraits
Mary Agnes Hamilton (née Adamson)

Mary Agnes Hamilton (née Adamson)

1882-1966
Politician, writer and broadcaster
Sitter in 3 portraits
Gilbert Charles Harding

Gilbert Charles Harding

1907-1960
Broadcaster
Sitter in 19 portraits
No individual image available for this person

(Henry) Wilson Harris

1883-1955
Author, journalist and editor
Sitter in 6 portraits
Herbert Lionel Adolphus Hart

Herbert Lionel Adolphus Hart

1907-1992
Philosopher
Sitter in 2 portraits
Will Hay

Will Hay

1888-1949
Actor
Sitter in 4 portraits
Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

1893-1943
Actor
Sitter in 12 portraits
Sir Julian Huxley

Sir Julian Huxley

1887-1975
Biologist and writer
Sitter in 58 portraits
Barbara Jackson (née Ward), Baroness Jackson

Barbara Jackson (née Ward), Baroness Jackson

1914-1981
Journalist, broadcaster and economist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad

Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad

1891-1953
Philosopher
Sitter in 29 portraits
Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow)

Pamela Hansford Johnson (Lady Snow)

1912-1981
Writer; wife of Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow
Sitter in 7 portraits

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