20th-century American novelists in all BBC programmes
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
Publisher Kimberly Fortier chooses American writer Edith Wharton.
Naomi Wolf nominates Edith Wharton for Great Lives.
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of poet Kahlil Gibran with Matthew Parris.
Camilla Wright chooses Martha Gellhorn, who wrote at length about the Spanish Civil War.
Journalist Camilla Wright nominates the war reporter Martha Gellhorn for greatness.
Journalist Eve Pollard explores Hollywood screenwriter Nora Ephron with Matthew Parris.
Michael Sheen champions Philip K Dick who has had an influence on his production of Hamlet
Laura Ingalls Wilder: author Tracy Chevalier joins Samira Ahmed
Sir Ben Kingsley champions the life of holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as his great life.
Matthew Parris is joined by Brendan Barber, who nominates John Steinbeck as his Great Life
Stephen Fry nominates his hero, PG Wodehouse, who just simply cheers him up.
Stand-up comedian Rich Hall discusses the life of playwright Tennessee Williams.
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