Back up to: Great Lives
9/9 John Major discusses the life of Rudyard Kipling, poet to the British Empire.
8/9 Paul Daniels explores the life of Harry Houdini, with help from biographer William Kalush.
7/9 Kate Humble discusses the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, Miriam Makeba.
6/9 Boris Johnson nominates Samuel Johnson, writer of the great dictionary.
5/9 Rolf Harris discusses the life of the Welsh painter Sir Kyffin Williams.
4/9 Travel writer Dervla Murphy discusses the life of another woman traveller, Freya Stark.
3/9 George Galloway chooses British poet and political activist John Cornford.
2/9 David Miliband discusses the life of Joe Slovo, a leading member of the ANC.
1/9 Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years