Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Tue 29 Sep 2020
Michael Wood on the great Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang.
Tue 22 Sep 2020
The acclaimed playwright tells Matthew Parris why he's inspired by Keynes' life and work.
Tue 15 Sep 2020
Curator and educator Okwui Enwezor championed by the architect Sir David Adjaye.
Tue 8 Sep 2020
The comedian, presenter, and writer Tom Allen chooses the entertainer Kenneth Williams.
Tue 1 Sep 2020
Frances O'Grady nominates Ernie Bevin
Tue 25 Aug 2020
The singer and podcaster, Jessie Ware, chooses the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer.
Tue 18 Aug 2020
The best-selling historian Peter Frankopan nominates Russia's "father of space travel"
Tue 11 Aug 2020
Artist Frida Kahlo nominated by Jessie Burton
Tue 4 Aug 2020
Benito Mussolini, founder of fascism and ruler of Italy 1922-1943
Tue 2 Jun 2020
Doris Day is the choice of Dolly Alderton, author, podcaster and columnist.
Tue 26 May 2020
Sara Wheeler nominates her literary hero, Sybille Bedford.
Tue 19 May 2020
Anand Menon chooses Leeds United captain, Billy Bremner.
Tue 12 May 2020
Sally Phillips nominates her comedy star, Myrna Loy.
Tue 5 May 2020
Victoria Wood, creator of Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques and As Seen on TV.
Tue 28 Apr 2020
Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Tue 21 Apr 2020
Earthsea author Ursula le Guin
Tue 14 Apr 2020
Frank Cottrell-Boyce on Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins.
Tue 7 Apr 2020
Chef, writer and presenter Rick Stein nominates Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors.
Tue 21 Jan 2020
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.
Tue 14 Jan 2020
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
Tue 7 Jan 2020
Charlie Parker - Bird - proposed by Ken Clarke
Tue 31 Dec 2019
Bill Bailey and his love for Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace
Christmas Eve 2019
How can Enid Blyton not be a great life?
Tue 17 Dec 2019
Jeremy Paxman nominates the Victorian social reformer Lord Shaftesbury.
Tue 10 Dec 2019
Lindsey Hilsum on the extraordinary life of Lee Miller
Tue 3 Dec 2019
William Brown, star of the Just William books, proposed by Peter Oborne
Tue 24 Sep 2019
Author Chibundu Onuzo on the first elected female in Africa, Constance Cummings-John.
Tue 17 Sep 2019
Comedian Sindhu Vee nominates Prince, the musical superstar.
Tue 10 Sep 2019
Eleonora Duse, pioneering nineteenth-century actress, is the choice of Fiona Shaw.
Tue 3 Sep 2019
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori.
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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