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  1. Friedrich Nietzsche

    Cartoonist Ralph Steadman and translator Adam Czerniawski discuss the philosopher's life.

    First broadcast: 29 May 2014

  2. Michelin Brothers

    Sir Terence Conran nominates the Michelin brothers, makers of the pneumatic tyre.

    First broadcast: 22 May 2014

  3. Sir Ernest Shackleton

    The polar explorer's life is scrutinised by Rosie Boycott and his granddaughter Alexandra.

    First broadcast: 15 May 2014

  4. HG Wells

    Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.

    First broadcast: 08 May 2014

  5. Pope John Paul II

    Conservative MP Ann Widdicombe nominates the last Pope, John Paul II.

    First broadcast: 30 Jan 2007

  6. William Beveridge

    Anne Fine nominates the author of the report that became the basis for the Welfare State.

    First broadcast: 23 Jan 2007

  7. Martha Gellhorn

    Journalist Camilla Wright nominates the war reporter Martha Gellhorn for greatness.

    First broadcast: 16 Jan 2007

  8. Richard Beckinsale

    Actor and comedian Alan Davies nominates the actor Richard Beckinsale.

    First broadcast: 09 Jan 2007

  9. Joan Littlewood

    Actor Victor Spinetti nominates theatre director Joan Littlewood for great lives status.

    First broadcast: 02 Jan 2007

  10. Albert Einstein

    Professor Kathy Sykes nominates Albert Einstein.

    First broadcast: 26 Dec 2006

  11. Millicent Garrett Fawcett

    Feminist campaigner Lesley Abdela nominates the suffragette Millicent Garrett Fawcett.

    First broadcast: 19 Dec 2006

  12. John H Hammond

    Joe Boyd looks at the career of record-producer John Hammond.

    First broadcast: 12 Dec 2006

  13. Charles Darwin

    Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.

    First broadcast: 26 Sep 2006

  14. Nina Simone

    Joanna Macgregor nominates the chanteuse and civil rights activist Nina Simone.

    First broadcast: 19 Sep 2006

  15. Stanley Baldwin

    Former minister Lord John Biffen nominates Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.

    First broadcast: 12 Sep 2006

  16. Julia Ward-Howe

    Elaine Showalter nominates the 19th-century American writer Julia Ward-Howe.

    First broadcast: 05 Sep 2006

  17. W H Auden

    Presenter Matthew Parris and journalist Jeremy Vine discuss W H Auden's poetry.

    First broadcast: 29 Aug 2006

  18. Eleanor Roosevelt

    Civil liberties lawyer Helena Kennedy nominates Eleanor Roosevelt.

    First broadcast: 22 Aug 2006

  19. Max Miller

    Garry Bushell nominates Max Miller one of the most popular comedians of the 20th century.

    First broadcast: 15 Aug 2006

  20. Leon Trotsky

    Christopher Hitchens nominates Leon Trotsky for great-life status.

    First broadcast: 08 Aug 2006

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  21. Robin Day

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy nominates the broadcaster and political interviewer Robin Day.

    First broadcast: 06 Jun 2006

  22. W G Grace

    Piers Morgan nominates W G Grace as the greatest English cricketer of all time.

    First broadcast: 30 May 2006

  23. Tamara Karasavina

    Broadcaster and agony aunt Anna Raeburn nominates the ballerina Tamara Karsavina.

    First broadcast: 23 May 2006

  24. Ignaz Semmelweiss

    Writer Frances Cairncross nominates the forgotten hero of medicine Ignaz Semmelweis.

    First broadcast: 16 May 2006

  25. Johnny Weissmuller

    Athlete Duncan Goodhew nominates the athlete-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller.

    First broadcast: 09 May 2006

  26. Ella Fitzgerald

    The entrepreneur Ivan Massow nominates 'the first lady of song', Ella Fitzgerald.

    First broadcast: 02 May 2006

  27. Sigmund Freud

    Matthew Parris presents Craig Brown's nomination of Sigmund Freud.

    First broadcast: 25 Apr 2006

  28. Noel Coward

    Matthew Parris presents Julian Clary's nomination of Noel Coward.

    First broadcast: 18 Apr 2006

  29. Andrew Carnegie

    Jeff Randall nominates the businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

    First broadcast: 11 Apr 2006

  30. Morecambe and Wise

    Penelope Keith nominates the masters of classless entertainment Morecambe and Wise.

    First broadcast: 04 Apr 2006

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