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GREAT LIVES
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SERIES 6 to SERIES 9
A roundup of a number of Great Lives series

Radio 4's biographical series. Each week a living celebrity is invited to nominate one of their heroes, the only condition being that the hero must be dead. With the help of an expert on that person - sometimes a biographer, sometimes someone who knew them - presenter Humphrey Carpenter discusses the Great Life and assesses their importance. Often, the programme tells us as much about the celebrity as their hero.

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Series 6 presented by Humphrey Carpenter

Gilbert & Sullivan, 01/10/2004
(guest) Dillie Keane, (expert) Mike Leigh,
Admiral Robert FitzRoy, 08/10/2004
Baroness Jay, John Gribbin
Vivien Leigh, 15/10/2004
Christina Gorna, Hugo Vickers
Leonard Woolf, 22/10/2004
Jilly Goolden, Victoria Glendinning
Burt Lancaster, 29/10/2004
Gerry Anderson, Kate Buford
Marvin Gaye, 05/11/2004
Tim Marlow, Norman Jay,
George Orwell, 12/11/2004
Shami Chakrabarti, D.J.Taylor
Edward Elgar, 19/11/2004
Marjorie Wallace, Jerrold Northrop-Moore
Michael Collins, 26/11/2004
David Puttnam, Roy Foster
Captain Morgan, 03/12/2004
Lucinda Lambton, David Cordingley
Robert Burns, 31/12/2004
Eddi Reader, Gerard Carruthers

Series 7 presented by Francine Stock.

Genghis Khan, 01/04/2005
Joe Queenan, John Man
George Sand, 08/04/2005
Mary Kenny, Belinda Jack
Charles M Schulz, 15/04/2005
Valerie Grove, Anita O'Brien
Robert Louis Stevenson, 22/04/2005
Douglas Dunn, Claire Harman
Mozart, 29/04/2005
Michael Morpurgo, Stephen Johnson
JD Rockefeller, 06/05/2005
Martin Smith, Eric Homberger
Marcus Garvey, 13/05/2005
Yvonne Brown, Anthony Martin
Elizabeth Gaskell, 20/05/2005
Amanda Vickery, Jenny Uglow
Ronald Reagan, 27/05/2005
Lord Powell, Edmund Morris
Duke of Wellington, 03/06/2005
Frederick Forsyth, Andrew Roberts

Series 8 presented by Francine Stock.

Mae West Kathy Lette, 07/10/2005
Simon Louvish
RD Laing, 14/10/2005
Carole Ston, Adrian Laing
Samuel Coleridge Taylor, 21/10/2005
Howard Goodall, Stephen Banfield
Vasily Grossman, 8/10/2005
Gillian Slovo, Antony Beevor
Zhao Ziyang, 04/11/2005
Robert Thomson, Isabel Hilton
Thomas Cromwell, 11/11/2005
Derek Wilson Diarmaid MacCulloch
Beatrix Potter, 18/11/2005
Fiona Reynolds Anne Hobbs
Marty Feldman, 03/02/2006
Annie Nightingale Barry Cryer
Nevil Shute, 02/12/2005
Adam Hart-Davis Heather Mayfield
Dorothy Parker, 09/12/2005
Helen Lederer Stuart Y Silverstein

Series 9 presented by Matthew Parris

Morecambe&Wise, 04.04.06
Penelope Keith Gary Morecambe & Martin Sterling
Andrew Carnegie, 11.04.06
Jeff Randall Eric Homberger
Noel Coward, 18.04.06
Julian Clary Sheridan Morley
Sigmund Freud, 25.04.06
Craig Brown Adam Phillips
Ella Fitzgerald, 02.05.06
Ivan Massow Cleo Laine
Johnny Weissmuller, 09.05.06
Duncan Goodhew Johnny Weissmuller Jr
Ignaz Semmelweis, 16.05.06
Frances Cairncross Sherwin B. Nuland
Tamara Karsavina, 23.05.06
Anna Raeburn Judith Mackrell
WG Grace, 30.05.06
Piers Morgan Simon Rae
Robin Day, 06.06.06
Krishnan Guru-Murthy Max Hastings


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