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)

  • 30 Sept 14 Lucille Ball

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Matthew Parris asks Professor Edith Hall about the life and work of Lucille Ball, whom she nominates as a Great Life. Producer: Christine Hall

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  • 23 Sept 14 Joseph Bazalgette

    Thu, 2 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Matthew Parris talks to Lord Adonis about the life of Sir Joseph Bazalgette and is joined by his great-great-grandson Peter. Producer: Christine Hall

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  • 10 Sept 14 Dorothy L Sayers

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Dame Stella Rimington talks to Matthew Parris about her fascination with the life and writing of Dorothy L Sayers. With expert witness Seona Ford.

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  • 09 Sept 14 Arthur Ransome

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Singer-songwriter and poet Labi Siffre chooses the life of children's author Arthur Ransome whose work he says has taught him more about moral responsibility than any holy book.

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  • 02 Sept 14 Gramsci

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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

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  • 26 Aug 14 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: 19 Aug 14 Ida B Wells

    Tue, 19 Aug 14

    Duration:
    28 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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  • 12 Aug 14 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: 05 Aug 14 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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