Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
8/9 Matthew Parris hears from David Blunkett about the life of Louis Braille.
7/9 Matthew Parris meets the US ambassador Matthew Barzun, who talks about John Gil Winant.
Trade unionist and politician Brenda Dean chooses National Trust founder Octavia Hill.
6/9 Marlon Brando - the greatest actor of the 20th century? Antonia Quirke thinks so.
Veteran journalist Charles Wheeler chooses the USA's 36th president.
5/9 Matthew Parris and Wendy Cope explore the life of poet John Clare.
Explorer Benedict Allen chooses Horatio Nelson.
4/9 Matthew Parris talks to Dame Helen Ghosh about James Lees-Milne.
Writer and political activist George Monbiot chooses 18th-century revolutionary Tom Paine.