Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
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.
Tue 27 Aug 2019
Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.
Tue 20 Aug 2019
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
Tue 13 Aug 2019
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.
Stories of inspiration from great musicians from Bowie to Billie Holliday
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