Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
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Tue 31 May 2016
Frank Turner chooses Joseph Grimaldi, who changed the face of clowning forever.
Tue 24 May 2016
George Fox, founder of the Quakers, nominated by Ann Limb.
Tue 17 May 2016
Cancer pioneer Gordon Hamilton-Fairley, killed by an IRA bomb when he was just 45.
Tue 10 May 2016
Richard the Lionheart, nominated by Timmy Mallett.
Tue 3 May 2016
Former British SAS commander Graeme Lamb champions the life of spy Christine Granville.
Tue 26 Apr 2016
Playwright and actress Sudha Bhuchar nominates the life of actor Zohra Sehgal.
Tue 19 Apr 2016
Comedian Ray Peacock nominates the controversial life of Lenny Bruce.
Tue 12 Apr 2016
Nancy Dell'Olio explains to Matthew Parris why she picked the life of Lucrezia Borgia.
Tue 5 Apr 2016
Anthony Horowitz champions the life of Alfred Hitchcock.
Tue 26 Jan 2016
Eliza Manningham-Buller on why she regards Abraham Lincoln as a great life.
Tue 19 Jan 2016
Nitin Sawhney champions the life of Jeff Buckley, who he regards as a genius.
Tue 12 Jan 2016
Comedian Susan Calman nominates Scottish actress Molly Weir.
Tue 5 Jan 2016
Sculptor Martin Jennings champions the life of sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger.
Tue 29 Dec 2015
Matthew Parris explores the remarkable life of Professor Wangari Maathai.
Tue 22 Dec 2015
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Tue 15 Dec 2015
Matthew Parris invites fashion designer Roger Saul to nominate a great life.
Tue 8 Dec 2015
Dickie Bird champions his hero Sir Leonard Hutton.
Tue 29 Sep 2015
Toyah Willcox champions the life of Katharine Hepburn, who she met and worked with.
Tue 22 Sep 2015
Nick Stadlen and Joel Joffe champion the life of Afrikaner revolutionary Bram Fischer.
Tue 15 Sep 2015
Hannah Rothschild looks back at the life of jazz musician Thelonious Monk.
Tue 1 Sep 2015
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.
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