Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Laura Marling on the first female psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé.
Tue 6 Aug 2019
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Tue 30 Jul 2019
Robinson Crusoe picked by Lucy Irvine, author of Castaway
Tue 28 May 2019
9/9 Kamila Shamsie champions the life of the human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
Tue 21 May 2019
8/9 Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
Tue 14 May 2019
7/9 The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, chosen by artist Jeremy Deller.
Tue 7 May 2019
6/9 Feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen.
Tue 30 Apr 2019
5/9 Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni.
Tue 23 Apr 2019
4/9 As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Tue 16 Apr 2019
3/9 Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Tue 9 Apr 2019
2/9 Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Tue 2 Apr 2019
1/9 Shappi Khorsandi chooses Emma, Lady Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress.
Tue 22 Jan 2019
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Tue 15 Jan 2019
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.
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
Fri 9 Nov 2018
Baroness Shirley Williams discusses her mother, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain.
Tue 25 Sep 2018
9/9 Christina Lamb, author and journalist, nominates Benazir Bhutto as her great life.
Tue 18 Sep 2018
8/9 Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by Mark Carwardine.
Tue 11 Sep 2018
7/9 Cherie Blair picks Rose Heilbron, her role model, as her great life.
Tue 4 Sep 2018
6/9 Greg Jenner on the great song and dance man Gene Kelly.
Tue 28 Aug 2018
5/9 Matthew Parris invites Olympic rower Helen Glover to choose her great life.
Tue 21 Aug 2018
4/9 Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, nominates Bess of Hardwick as her hero
Tue 14 Aug 2018
3/9 Simon Evans nominates JS Mill, author of On Liberty.
Tue 7 Aug 2018
2/9 Matthew Parris on Roald Amundsen, first man to the South Pole.
Tue 31 Jul 2018
1/9 Hanif Kureishi nominates his friend David Bowie as his hero.
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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