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.
3/9 Comedian and actor Kulvinder Ghir nominates the artist Zoran Music.
Economist Ruth Lea chooses the great Russian composer. Stephen Johnson adds his expertise.
2/9 Rachel Johnson, author and journalist, champions the life of Ottoline Morrell.
Journalist Ann Leslie chooses the pioneering writer and explorer Mary Kingsley.
1/9 Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses fellow Trinidadian Learie Constantine.
Comedian Linda Smith nominates musician, actor and artist Ian Dury.