Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
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1/9 Sir Ian McKellen chooses Edmund Hillary for Great Lives.
Tue 26 May 2015
9/9 Crime writer Val McDermid discusses the life of PD James. With literary critic Peter Kemp.
Fri 29 May 2015
8/9 Matthew Parris hears from David Blunkett about the life of Louis Braille.
Tue 19 May 2015
7/9 Matthew Parris meets the US ambassador Matthew Barzun, who talks about John Gil Winant.
Tue 12 May 2015
6/9 Marlon Brando - the greatest actor of the 20th century? Antonia Quirke thinks so.
Tue 5 May 2015
5/9 Matthew Parris and Wendy Cope explore the life of poet John Clare.
Tue 28 Apr 2015
4/9 Matthew Parris talks to Dame Helen Ghosh about James Lees-Milne.
Tue 21 Apr 2015
3/9 Comedian and actor Kulvinder Ghir nominates the artist Zoran Music.
Tue 14 Apr 2015
2/9 Rachel Johnson, author and journalist, champions the life of Ottoline Morrell.
Tue 7 Apr 2015
1/9 Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses fellow Trinidadian Learie Constantine.
Tue 27 Jan 2015
8/8 Mervyn King champions the life of former prime minister of Finland Risto Ryti.
Fri 23 Jan 2015
7/8 Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Tue 13 Jan 2015
6/8 Michael Dobbs looks back at the life of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Tue 6 Jan 2015
5/8 Matthew Parris talks to Philippa Langley about the life of Richard III.
Tue 30 Dec 2014
4/8 Matthew Parris finds out about the life of writer Roald Dahl from one of his doctors.
Tue 23 Dec 2014
3/8 Brian Eno champions the life and work of social reformer Michael Young.
Tue 16 Dec 2014
2/8 Journalist Laura Bates tells Matthew Parris why Louisa M Alcott is her Great Life.
Tue 9 Dec 2014
1/8 Comedian Arthur Smith tells Matthew Parris about the life of Olympic runner Emil Zatopek.
Tue 30 Sep 2014
9/9 Matthew Parris talks to Prof Edith Hall about the life and work of Lucille Ball.
Tue 23 Sep 2014
8/9 Matthew Parris talks to Lord Adonis about a great Victorian engineer.
Wed 10 Sep 2014
7/9 Dame Stella Rimington explains to Matthew Parris why Dorothy L Sayers fascinates her.
Tue 9 Sep 2014
6/9 Matthew Parris invites singer-songwriter Labi Siffre to nominate his choice of life.
Tue 2 Sep 2014
5/9 Dr Tom Shakespeare tells Matthew Parris why Antonio Gramsci is his Great Life.
Tue 26 Aug 2014
4/9 Ray Mears champions the life of German field marshal Erwin Rommel.
Tue 19 Aug 2014
3/9 Ida B Wells, the African-American civil rights activist, is chosen by Baroness Oona King.
Tue 12 Aug 2014
2/9 Soul II Soul frontman and DJ Jazzie B chooses the life of musician and singer James Brown.
Tue 5 Aug 2014
1/9 Writer Jonathan Meades nominates the English artist Edward Burra. Matthew Parris chairs.
Tue 27 May 2014
9/9 Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway as his Great Life.
Tue 13 May 2014
7/9 John Craven proposes Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a great life.
Tue 6 May 2014
6/9 Isy Suttie chooses Yorkshire-born singer songwriter Jake Thackray.
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