Honeysett: though his humour was dark and mordant, in person he was warm and affable

Martin Honeysett: Cartoonist whose style and biting sense of humour graced British publications for more than four decades

Along with Sherlock Holmes and the rules of football, one of the great legacies of late Victorian Britain was the gag or joke cartoon; and the death of the well-loved cartoonist Martin Honeysett, a master of the form, may well herald the passing of an era.

Paul Almond: Film and television director who made more than 120 TV dramas but was best-known for co-creating ‘Seven Up!’

Paul Almond was the co-creator of Seven Up!, the groundbreaking and long-running documentary series which has followed 14 children through their lives from seven years old towards teenage, adulthood and middle age. The first episode was broadcast in 1964, beginning a series of seven-yearly snapshots.

Brady with her husband James, who was shot in the 1981 assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan

Sarah Brady: Wife of Ronald Reagan’s press secretary who devoted years of her life to bringing in gun control in the US

One summer evening in 1985 Sarah Brady phoned the National Rifle Association headquarters and left a message: “You’ve never heard of me, but I am going to make it my life’s ambition to try to put you all out of business.”

Gross: he stepped down as premier amid a crisis sparked by reports of irregular loans that helped him buy a luxury flat

Stanislav Gross: Lawyer who became the Czech Republic's youngest prime minister but resigned only nine months later

Gross had been suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Ingham in the title role of the 1967 film ‘A Challenge for Robin Hood’ with Jenny Till

Barrie Ingham: Actor whose career took in Shakespeare with Sir John Gielgud, Broadway musicals, Dr Who and Disney voice-overs

Ingham became a key player in a golden era for the RSC, and appeared in leading roles in musicals in the West End and in America

Kitzinger in 2007: she travelled the world, inspiring audiences with her enthusiasm and wit

Sheila Kitzinger: Natural childbirth advocate who challenged the medical establishment and aimed to give more choice to mothers

Kitzinger dedicated her career to the revolutionary idea that giving birth should be taken out of the hands of obstetricians and medical staff and given back to women

Taylor, bottom right, in Vietnam; he joined the BBC during a golden age when directors were free to follow their passions

Richard Taylor: Award-winning film-maker who made documentaries in locations as varied as Antarctica, Vietnam and Glasgow

Taylor made around 50 films in 61 countries, and brought to his films a rare integrity and commitment

Carroll in 1963: his Eurovision song ‘Ring A Ding Girl’ is every bit as trite as its title

Ronnie Carroll: Eurovision Song Contest singer who later stood for Parliament as a candidate for the Rainbow Alliance

Carroll hoped to make the Guinness Book Of Records by being the first candidate to get no votes

Little, far right, at Wembley following the 1957 Cup final win against Birmingham City

Roy Little: Tough, tenacious left-back who played in successive FA Cup finals for Manchester City in the late 1950s

According to his goalkeeper Bert Trautmann, Little "liked to get his fangs into an opponent"

Sledge performs his signature song at the Musicians Hall of Fame Awards show in Nashville in 2008

Percy Sledge: Singer whose hit When a Man Loves a Woman became one of the best-loved songs in the history of soul

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame described the ballad as having 'raised the bar for soul balladeering for all time'

Crémieux-Brilhac in 2010: as an historian, he was keen to stress France’s wartime debt to Britain

Jean-Louis Cremieux-Brilhac: Resistance activist and historian who directed Free France radio broadcasts from wartime London

As an historian, Crémieux-Brilhac broke with 'a certain Gaullist tradition by which France freed itself by its own forces,” said his publisher Laurent Theis

Galeano in 2012: ‘Reality has changed a lot, and I have changed a lot,’ he said

Eduardo Galeano: Author who chronicled the West’s plundering of Latin America but who later repudiated his own work

'Power is like a violin,' he once noted, 'it is held by the left hand and played by the right'

Bruce Forsyth, right, presents the winning pools cheque to Nicholson and her husband Keith in 1961

Viv Nicholson: Colourful pools winner who famously promised to 'Spend, spend, spend!'

She was a crowd all by herself, a gutsy champagne blonde would could eat men for breakfast

Grass: he was much engaged in politics, and campaigned vigorously for Willy Brandt and the Social Democratic Party

Gunter Grass: Writer whose work helped Germany find its postwar voice but was later attacked for his own wartime exploits

He was lauded by Germans for helping to revive their culture after the Second World War

Portrait of actress and singer Julie Wilson, wearing a large tulle hat, at she attends Royal Ascot, England, June 18th 1958

Julie Wilson: Broadway star and sultry cabaret singer known for her spine-tingling takes on Porter, Weill and Gershwin

Her husky tones were perfectly suited to the world of cabaret

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