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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Recent episodes (10)

  • Gramsci

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Dr Tom Shakespeare tells Matthew Parris why Antonio Gramsci's is a Great Life.

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  • Rommel

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Field-Marshal Erwin Rommel, for a time Hitler's favourite general is nominated by Ray Mears. Matthew Parris hears why this German soldier was a "great life".

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  • Great Lives: Oona King on Ida B Wells

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    31 mins

    Matthew Parris leads a discussion on Ida B. Wells an African American civil rights and women's rights activist who was a political trailblazer and the choice of Baroness Oona King.

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  • Jazzie B on James Brown

    Tue, 12 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Matthew Parris invites his guests to nominate the person whom they feel is a great life. Music producer and DJ Jazzie B of Soul II Soul chooses James Brown.

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  • Great Lives: Edward Burra

    Tue, 5 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writer Jonathan Meades nominates the English artist Edward Burra, who died in 1976, arguing that he deserves to be better known. With Matthew Parris and biographer Jane Stevenson.

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  • Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway

    Tue, 27 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Michael Palin first came across his Great Life when he was studying for school exams, his love of Ernest Hemingway has never gone away. He along with expert Naomi Wood tell Matthew Parris why this twentieth century legend is a Great Life. Producer :Perminder Khatkar

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  • John Craven on Brunel

    Tue, 13 May 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    John Craven proposes engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Should this creator of great machines be considered a great man or is his finest feat the engineering of his own reputation?

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  • Isy Suttie on Jake Thackray

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Isy Suttie chooses Jake Thackray, Yorkshire's answer to Noel Coward. With Matthew Parris and Fake Thackray

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  • Emma Kirkby on Henry Purcell

    Tue, 6 May 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Soprano Emma Kirkby discusses the life of English composer Henry Purcell with Matthew Parris. Despite dying at the age of 36, Purcell was arguably the first composer to become a national figure, as shown by his funeral at Westminster Abbey. Living through turbulent times, and through the reign of three monarchs, Purcell had to cope with shifting Catholic and Protestant regimes while producing a steady output of religious music. But he also did some of his most memorable and enduring work for the commercial theatre. Few composers have set the English language to music so felicitously. After his death, Britain produced few world class composers for 200 years. To discuss his legacy, Emma and Matthew are joined by Purcell scholar Michael Burden

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  • Arnold Bennett

    Tue, 29 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Writer Deborah Moggach nominates the author Arnold Bennett whose work she thinks has been wrongly overlooked. Matthew Parris presents and Gyles Brandethn brings his enthusiasm and expertise.

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