Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One
Tue 8 Jan 2019
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is Suzanne O'Sullivan's hero, she tells Matthew Parris
New Year's Day 2019
The Great Gama, the strongest man in the world, championed by author Nikesh Shukla.
Fri 18 Aug 2017
Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera nominates Alexander Gardner as his great life.
Christmas Day 2018
Charlie Chaplin wasn’t funny but a political rebel. Mark Steel nominates him as his hero.
Tue 18 Dec 2018
Tim Smit of the Eden Project talks about the life of the artistHumphrey Jennings.
Tue 11 Dec 2018
Comedian Russell Kane nominates novelist Evelyn Waugh, with Ann Pasternak Slater helping.
Tue 4 Dec 2018
Laura Ingalls Wilder: author Tracy Chevalier joins Samira Ahmed
Tue 25 Sep 2018
Christina Lamb, author and journalist, nominates Benazir Bhutto as her great life.
Tue 28 Aug 2018
Matthew Parris invites Olympic rower Helen Glover to choose her great life.
Tue 18 Sep 2018
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by Mark Carwardine.
Tue 11 Sep 2018
Cherie Blair picks Rose Heilbron, her role model, as her great life.
Tue 4 Sep 2018
Greg Jenner on the great song and dance man Gene Kelly.
Tue 21 Aug 2018
Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, nominates Bess of Hardwick as her hero
Tue 14 Aug 2018
Simon Evans nominates JS Mill, author of On Liberty.
Tue 7 Aug 2018
Matthew Parris on Roald Amundsen, first man to the South Pole.
Tue 31 Jul 2018
Hanif Kureishi nominates his friend David Bowie as his hero.
Tue 29 May 2018
Catherine the Great is chosen by Dame Barbara Stocking. Matthew Parris presents.
Tue 22 May 2018
Hedy Lamarr, actress, inventor, and the most beautiful woman in the world.
Tue 15 May 2018
Soul singer Mica Paris tells Matthew Parris why Josephine Baker is her heroine.
Tue 8 May 2018
Matthew Parris meets the actor Simon Callow to discuss the life of Orson Welles.
Tue 10 Apr 2018
Ayesha Hazarika champions her hero Jayaben Desai who led the Grunwick strike in 1976.
Tue 1 May 2018
Tej Lalvani nominates the physicist and bongo playing Richard Feynman as his great life.
Tue 24 Apr 2018
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
Tue 17 Apr 2018
Miles Davis chosen by Adrian Utley of Portishead.
Tue 3 Apr 2018
Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, chooses the life of Don van Vliet - Captain Beefheart.
Tue 9 Jan 2018
Gisela Stuart nominates Joseph Chamberlain as her great life.
Tue 23 Jan 2018
Liza Tarbuck on Nikola Tesla
Tue 16 Jan 2018
Herodotus - father of history or father of lies? Matthew Parris presents.
Tue 2 Jan 2018
Helen Arney, scientist and geek songstress, nominates pioneer physicist Hertha Ayrton.
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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