Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
The engineer and author Roma Agrawal on Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai.
Tue 11 Jan 2022
Lady Hale on Lady Rhondda.
Tue 4 Jan 2022
The mighty soap manufacturer, William Lever, chosen by the boss of Iceland
Tue 28 Dec 2021
The muslim princess who became a WW2 Special Agent
Tue 21 Dec 2021
Nina Sosanya picks Jeanne Baret, first woman round the globe.
Tue 14 Dec 2021
The advertising guru Rory Sutherland on the founder of the New York punk band, the Ramones
Tue 7 Dec 2021
JRR Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Tue 28 Sep 2021
Ruth Rogers chooses the life of writer James Baldwin.
Tue 21 Sep 2021
The life and brutal death of a gifted mathematician and philosopher from the ancient world
Tue 14 Sep 2021
The president of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge champions the life of the Italian saint
Tue 7 Sep 2021
Ewan MacColl - folk singer and labour activist - was born Jimmy Miller in Salford in 1915.
Tue 31 Aug 2021
Tristram Hunt on Josiah Wedgwood, vase maker general to the universe!
Tue 24 Aug 2021
The anti-colonial writer and psychiatrist from Martinique is the choice of Lindsay Johns
Tue 17 Aug 2021
The first black tennis player to win Wimbledon is the choice of Professor Devi Sridhar
Tue 10 Aug 2021
Violinist Tasmin Little on her hero, Sir Yehudi Menuhin.
Tue 3 Aug 2021
Author of The Little Mermaid and The Emperor's New Clothes, he was 'a very strange orchid'
Tue 1 Jun 2021
A runaway rollercoaster of Great Lives
Tue 25 May 2021
Rosie tells Matthew Parris that Edward III was a cultural hero who deserves greater fame.
Tue 18 May 2021
Actor and comedian Ben Miller nominates essayist William Hazlitt.
Tue 11 May 2021
Singer-songwriter Arlo Parks nominates the young life of singer Elliott Smith.
Tue 4 May 2021
President Roosevelt's right hand man in World War Two, Harry Hopkins.
Tue 27 Apr 2021
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall nominates Scottish humorist Ivor Cutler
Tue 20 Apr 2021
Veteran black and British entertainer Kenny Lynch.
Tue 13 Apr 2021
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown picks Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe.
Tue 6 Apr 2021
Sometimes known as 'the stalker's balladeer', she is director Jonathan Kent's choice.
Tue 26 Jan 2021
Human rights lawyer Cori Crider explains why she is inspired by the life of Cesar Chavez.
Tue 19 Jan 2021
The actor Caroline Catz chooses Delia Derbyshire, who realised the theme to Doctor Who.
Tue 12 Jan 2021
Actor David Jonsson champions artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Tue 5 Jan 2021
Jessica Mitford is championed by Robert Rinder.
Tue 29 Dec 2020
Comedian and actor Diane Morgan chooses the life of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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