4/9 Bob Harris nominates Alan Freed, the first ever rock 'n' roll DJ.
3/9 David Attenborough nominates the largely forgotten 17th-century inventor and illustrator.
2/9 Skills minister David Lammy puts the case for the revolutionary comedian Richard Pryor.
1/9 Jon Snow argues the case for the prison reform campaigner and former cabinet minister.
9/9 Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
8/9 Arabella Weir nominates Joyce Grenfell. Biographer Janie Hampton assists.
7/9 Nicholas Parsons nominates Edward Lear, now remembered best for his nonsense verse.
6/9 Poet Simon Armitage nominates Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.
5/9 Anna Ford nominates singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
4/9 Stirling Moss nominates the great racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio.