Great Lives

              Great Lives

              Biography series exploring the greatest people who ever lived. Matthew Parris interviews an eminent guest and an expert to reveal the truth behind their history heroes.

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              • GreatLives:19May15 JG Winant by Matthew Barzun

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                25 mins

                The American Ambassador chooses Jon Gil Winant, Roosevelt's envoy to London during World War Two

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              • Marlon Brando by Antonia Quirke

                Tue, 12 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Marlon Brando - greatest actor of the twentieth century? Film critic Antonia Quirke definitely thinks he is. But the star of the Godfather, On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire divides opinion in this lively assessment of his life. With contributions from writer Robyn Karney and Joe Queenan in the United States. Matthew Parris presents. The producer is Miles Warde.

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              • Wendy Cope on John Clare

                Tue, 5 May 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                The poet Wendy Cope chooses for her Great Life that of John Clare. The expert witness in the studio with Matthew Parris and Wendy Cope is Sir Jonathan Bate, Clare's biographer.

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              • 28 Apr 15: Dame Helen Ghosh on James Lees-Milne

                Tue, 28 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Matthew Parris's guest is Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, who chooses as her Great Life James Lees-Milne who worked for the Trust between 1936 and 1966. He was responsible for acquiring many of the Trust's most iconic properties and his particular talent was his ability to persuade the aristocratic owners of the houses into handing them over to the Trust for protection. His other talent was in writing, and it is his deliciously indiscreet diaries for which many people know him. Merlin Waterson, who was a friend of Lees-Milne's, is the expert witness.

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              • Great Lives: Zoran Music

                Tue, 21 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Comedian and actor Kulvinder Ghir nominates the artist Zoran Music who painted corpses in Dachau concentration camp. Matthew Parris presents with art expert Michael Peppiatt. Producer,Perminder Khatkar.

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              • 14 Apr 15: Rachel Johnson on Ottoline Morrell

                Tue, 14 Apr 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Rachel Johnson author and journalist champions the life of Ottoline Morrell and tells Matthew Parris why she is a Great Life.They are also joined by biographer Miranda Seymour. Producer : Perminder Khatkar.

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              • 07 Apr 15: Sir Trevor McDonald on Learie Constantine

                Tue, 7 Apr 15

                Duration:
                25 mins

                The veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses the life of Learie Constantine, the Trinidadian cricketer, politician and broadcaster who championed the rights of West Indians in Britain during the war years and afterwards.

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              • 30Jan15 Mervyn King on Risto Ryti

                Tue, 27 Jan 15

                Duration:
                29 mins

                The Finnish Prime Minster and banker is profiled by Sir Mervyn King

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              • GreatLives:20Jan15 Nora Ephrom

                Mon, 26 Jan 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Journalist Eve Pollard chooses the life of the stage and screenplay writer Nora Ephrom, famous for writing When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle

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              • 13 Jan 15: Guy Burgess

                Tue, 13 Jan 15

                Duration:
                28 mins

                Michael Dobbs champions the life of Guy Burgess - journalist, diplomat and spy. Matthew Parris chairs and Burgess’s biographer Stewart Purvis contributes to the debate.

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