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.
Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James.
3/9 Artist and sculptor Maggi Hambling nominates Rembrandt as her choice of a great life.
Paul Nurse discusses scientist, inventor and poet Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles.
9/9 Matthew Parris talks to Prof Edith Hall about the life and work of Lucille Ball.
Comedian Bernard Manning assesses the achievements of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
8/9 Matthew Parris talks to Lord Adonis about a great Victorian engineer.