2/8 Journalist Laura Bates tells Matthew Parris why Louisa M Alcott is her Great Life.
Author Beryl Bainbridge selects explorer Falcon Scott as a hidden romantic.
1/8 Comedian Arthur Smith tells Matthew Parris about the life of Olympic runner Emil Zatopek.
Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook.
Politician Tam Dalyell chooses cabinet minister and political diarist Richard Crossman.
Political cartoonist Steve Bell chooses the 18th-century caricaturist James Gillray.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Novelist Ahdaf Soueif chooses acclaimed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum as his great life.
Muriel Gray and Christopher Frayling discuss the life of ghost story writer MR James.
Writer Bea Campbell chooses pioneering environmental protection scientist Rachel Carson.