Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by Mark Carwardine.
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.
Boxing Day 2017
Nazir Afzal chooses Mahatma Gandhi as his great life.
Tue 19 Dec 2017
Louise Richardson nominates Daniel O'Connell, hero of Catholic emancipation in 1829.
Tue 12 Dec 2017
Marcel Duchamp, father of conceptual art, is fellow artist Cornelia Parker's great life.
Tue 5 Dec 2017
Goldfrapp's Will Gregory takes the stage to nominate Irish writer Flann O'Brien.
Tue 26 Sep 2017
City boss Helena Morrissey champions the life of Rachael Heyhoe Flint as her great life.
Tue 19 Sep 2017
Constance Markievicz, Irish rebel countess and the first woman elected to Parliament.
Tue 12 Sep 2017
Muhammad Ali is economist Nicholas Stern's great life as he tells Matthew Parris.
Tue 5 Sep 2017
British spacewoman Helen Sharman chooses scientist Elsie Widdowson as her great life.
Tue 29 Aug 2017
Novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses the fossil hunter Mary Anning as her great life.
Tue 22 Aug 2017
Don McCullin chooses his old travel companion Norman Lewis for Great Lives.
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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