Back up to: Great Lives
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.
3/9 Former athlete and television commentator Steve Cram nominates Paavo Nurmi.
2/9 Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
1/9 Mark Gatiss champions Peter Cushing, a quintessentially English star of stage and screen.