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7/8 Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Military historian Richard Holmes nominates the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask.
6/8 Michael Dobbs looks back at the life of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Richard Ingrams nominates author and journalist GK Chesterton for regularly being right.
5/8 Matthew Parris talks to Philippa Langley about the life of Richard III.
Geneticist Steve Jones chooses 19th-century fiddle-playing shepherd and writer James Hogg.
4/8 Matthew Parris finds out about the life of writer Roald Dahl from one of his doctors.
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah explores the life of reggae legend Bob Marley.
3/8 Brian Eno champions the life and work of social reformer Michael Young.
Conductor Leonard Slatkin proposes composer Sergei Rachmaninov for great life status.