Audio Slideshow: Talking about Lionel

A new production of the family musical Oliver! is about to open in London's West End.

The show's original composer - Lionel Bart - has been lauded as one of the most influential figures in British musical theatre.

But the songwriter - who also wrote hits for the likes of Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele - managed to lose his substantial fortune.

Here - with the help of archive material - Radio 4 presenter Eddie Mair looks at the life of Lionel Bart, and talks to people who knew him well.

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Includes contributions from Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Cameron Mackintosh,
actress Miriam Karlin, and Lionel Bart's biographer David Roper.

'Talking About Lionel' will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 1030 GMT on Saturday 6 December 2008.
It will then be available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 4 December 2008.


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