It was in 1992- on the 31st October , when Pope John Paul ll - 350 years after this week's 'Great Lives' gave an address on behalf of the Catholic church in which he admitted that errors had been made by theological advisors in the case of Galileo Galilei . He declared the Galileo case closed ,but he did not admit that the Church was wrong to convict the Italian physicist, mathematician and astronomer on the charge of heresy because of his belief that the Earth rotates around the sun.
Bobby Friction - DJ and radio presenter better known for his Bhangra music remixes champions Galileo Galileo in this edition; the first on Great Lives to have named his son after the person who is his hero. For Bobby Galileo is almost 'God like' :..."If he didn't recant it would have been the ultimate two-fingered salute" .
The presenter is Matthew Parris, with contributions from Dr David Berman from Queen Mary, University of London.
Producer : Perminder Khatkar.