Scientist Lord Robert May nominates the naturalist and botanist, Joseph Banks.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre nominates Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
9/9 Crime writer Val McDermid discusses the life of PD James. With literary critic Peter Kemp.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
8/9 Matthew Parris hears from David Blunkett about the life of Louis Braille.
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
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.