Social critics in all BBC programmes
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Nobel Prize-winning chemist Sir Harry Kroto chooses the philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
TV producer John Lloyd discusses the life of American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller
Physicist Brian Cox tells Matthew Parris how Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV show changed his life.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Cartoonist Ralph Steadman and translator Adam Czerniawski discuss the philosopher's life.
Munira Mirza discusses the life of the influential political philosopher Hannah Arendt.
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
Matthew Parris and Max Mosley celebrate the life of John Stuart Mill.
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
Kim Henry Veltman joins director Jonathan Miller to discuss the Canadian writer on media.
Michael Horovitz nominates fellow poet Allen Ginsberg as his Great Life.
Michael Sheen champions Philip K Dick who has had an influence on his production of Hamlet
Comedian Ray Peacock nominates the controversial life of Lenny Bruce.
Sara Pascoe champions Virginia Woolf, author of 'Mrs Dalloway' and 'A Room of One's Own'.
Actress Diana Quick selects philosopher Simone de Beauvoir for Great Lives.
Simon Evans nominates JS Mill, author of On Liberty.
Steven Pinker joins Matthew Parris to discuss the life of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
Writer and political activist George Monbiot chooses 18th-century revolutionary Tom Paine.
Eighteenth-century satirist and painter William Hogarth is nominated by Ian Hislop.