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Gillian Hush

Working with Alan Bennett and the broadcasters Sue MacGregor and Brian Redhead, Gillian Hush was an eminent and prolific producer for BBC Radio.

Having trained as a journalist, she worked first for the BBC as a news assistant in Newcastle and then as a talks producer in Manchester. There, she produced northern editions of Woman’s Hour, as well as Morning Story and Book at Bedtime for Radio 4.

In the 1970s, Hush took charge of A Word in Edgeways, in which Redhead discussed major issues with a range of interesting contributors. This was followed in the 1980s and 1990s by MacGregor’s interview series Conversation Piece, in which guests were drawn from all walks of life.

Later, Hush and MacGregor went to Los Angeles to record interviews with Mel Brooks, Angela Lansbury, Walter Matthau, Anthony Perkins and Steven Spielberg.

In 1990, Hush produced Bennett’s four-part memoir The Lady in the Van, which has also appeared as a play and a book. Its central character is a real-life eccentric tramp, Miss Shepherd, who lived in a succession of decrepit vans on the driveway of Bennett’s home in north London for 15 years. Hush also produced adaptations of Bennett’s diaries.

Apart from radio, her great love was opera. She produced two highly regarded series with the Swedish soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom, and fittingly rounded off her career with a series about the world’s greatest opera houses.

Hush, who was born on September 17, 1935, died on June 28, aged 76.

Richard Anthony Baker

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