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)

  • Great Lives: Hans Sloane

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sir Mark Walport, the government's Chief Scientific Advisor champions the life of Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum. Along with expert Marjorie Caygill they tell Matthew Parris why they think Sloane is the mother and father of all collectors. Producer : Perminder Khatkar.

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  • Dante

    Tue, 8 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    "Whenever I have too much to drink, I bang on about Dante ...." Sarah Vine makes a choice from the heart - the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language and author of the Divine Comedy. Matthew Parris presents, the producer is Miles Warde.

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  • Great Lives: Jacqueline Du Pre

    Tue, 1 Apr 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Evelyn Glennie, solo percussionist talks about her admiration for the cellist Jacqueline Du Pre with presenter Matthew Parris. Producer: Perminder Khatkar

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  • Great Lives: Lisa 'Lefteye' Lopes chosen by Sara Cox

    Tue, 28 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Sara Cox nominates Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, a hip hop artist and rapper, the first on Great Lives. The presenter is Matthew Parris. Producer: Perminder Khatkar. Assistant Producer: Milly Chowles.

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  • Great Lives: Kahlil Gibran chosen by Mark Constantine

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of Kahlil Gibran, telling Matthew Parris how the poet has inspired him both at work and throughout his personal life.

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  • Great Lives: Meg Rosoff on Isabella Bird

    Thu, 23 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The novelist Meg Rosoff explains how the pioneering Victorian travel writer Isabella Bird inspired her life, work and love of horses.

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  • Great Lives: Dave Allen

    Tue, 14 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Comedian Dave Allen is chosen by Adil Ray, creator and star of Citizen Kahn. He explains to Matthew Parris how the legendary Irish comic helped shape his own career.

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  • David Baddiel on John Updike

    Wed, 8 Jan 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

    The writer and comedian David Baddiel and the novelist Justin Cartwright explain their fascination with one of the great figures of American literature, John Updike

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  • Great Lives:Sir David Chipperfield on Le Corbusier

    Tue, 31 Dec 13

    Duration:
    29 mins

    Pioneer of Modern architecture, Le Corbusier, chosen by award winning architect Sir David Chipperfield. Le Corbusier aimed to build a better world through radical buildings and the controversial reshaping of whole cities. Flora Samuel, Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, joins Matthew Parris to unpick the life of a man who considered himself a herioc figure, fighting battles to improve the world. Presenter: Matthew Parris. Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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  • Great Lives: Michael Horovitz on Allen Ginsberg

    Tue, 17 Dec 13

    Duration:
    28 mins

    Matthew Parris is joined by Michael Horovitz who nominates fellow poet and founder of the Beat generation Allen Ginsberg as his Great Life. Ginsberg's friend and biographer Barry Miles provides biographical detail of this colourful and controversial writer, who through his battle for free expression inspired American counter culture. Producer: Melvin Rickarby

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