Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
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Author Monica Ali champions the life of controversial explorer Richard Francis Burton.
Tue 25 Aug 2015
Ade Adepitan champions the life of George Washington Williams.
Tue 18 Aug 2015
Former leader of the Conservative Party Michael Howard talks about the life of Elizabeth I
Tue 11 Aug 2015
Vicky Pryce nominates the Greek film star and politician Melina Mercouri as a Great Life.
Tue 4 Aug 2015
Sir Ian McKellen chooses Edmund Hillary for Great Lives.
Tue 26 May 2015
Crime writer Val McDermid discusses the life of PD James. With literary critic Peter Kemp.
Fri 29 May 2015
Matthew Parris hears from David Blunkett about the life of Louis Braille.
Tue 19 May 2015
Matthew Parris meets the US ambassador Matthew Barzun, who talks about John Gil Winant.
Tue 12 May 2015
Marlon Brando - the greatest actor of the 20th century? Antonia Quirke thinks so.
Tue 5 May 2015
Matthew Parris and Wendy Cope explore the life of poet John Clare.
Tue 28 Apr 2015
Matthew Parris talks to Dame Helen Ghosh about James Lees-Milne.
Tue 21 Apr 2015
Comedian and actor Kulvinder Ghir nominates the artist Zoran Music.
Tue 14 Apr 2015
Rachel Johnson, author and journalist, champions the life of Ottoline Morrell.
Tue 7 Apr 2015
Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses fellow Trinidadian Learie Constantine.
Tue 27 Jan 2015
Mervyn King champions the life of former prime minister of Finland Risto Ryti.
Fri 23 Jan 2015
Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Tue 13 Jan 2015
Michael Dobbs looks back at the life of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Tue 6 Jan 2015
Matthew Parris talks to Philippa Langley about the life of Richard III.
Tue 30 Dec 2014
Matthew Parris finds out about the life of writer Roald Dahl from one of his doctors.
Tue 23 Dec 2014
Brian Eno champions the life and work of social reformer Michael Young.
Tue 16 Dec 2014
Journalist Laura Bates tells Matthew Parris why Louisa M Alcott is her Great Life.
Tue 9 Dec 2014
Comedian Arthur Smith tells Matthew Parris about the life of Olympic runner Emil Zatopek.
Tue 30 Sep 2014
Matthew Parris talks to Prof Edith Hall about the life and work of Lucille Ball.
Tue 23 Sep 2014
Matthew Parris talks to Lord Adonis about a great Victorian engineer.
Wed 10 Sep 2014
Dame Stella Rimington explains to Matthew Parris why Dorothy L Sayers fascinates her.
Tue 9 Sep 2014
Matthew Parris invites singer-songwriter Labi Siffre to nominate his choice of life.
Tue 2 Sep 2014
Dr Tom Shakespeare tells Matthew Parris why Antonio Gramsci is his Great Life.
Tue 26 Aug 2014
Ray Mears champions the life of German field marshal Erwin Rommel.
Tue 19 Aug 2014
Ida B Wells, the African-American civil rights activist, is chosen by Baroness Oona King.
Tue 12 Aug 2014
Soul II Soul frontman and DJ Jazzie B chooses the life of musician and singer James Brown.
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