Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate. Read more
Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate.
James Naughtie considers the champion of the self-service supermarket.
Master of obsession, suspense and terror, Alfred Hitchcock.
Olivier's theatre and stage career spanned more than 60 years with 12 Oscar nominations.
James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
One of the most successful chemists of the 20th century.
James considers one of modern Britain's most influential dramatists, Harold Pinter.
Epidemiologist instrumental in proving the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
Comedy actor Tony Hancock epitomised the little man's struggle against the world.
One of the great English poets, famous for his day job as librarian at Hull University.
James Naughtie on Barbara Windsor's very British combination of grit and naughtiness.
James Naughtie profiles one of the most influential judges of the 20th century.
James Naughtie considers the significance of campaigning journalist Paul Foot.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Jim Naughtie assesses the pair at the creative heart of the Beatles, Lennon and McCartney.
Jim Naughtie considers the life and legacy of the eminent prima ballerina.
James Naughtie considers the colossus of 20th century English theatre.
James considers the impact of Terence Conran - designer, retailer, restaurateur and writer
James Naughtie considers the controversial parliamentarian Enoch Powell.
James Naughtie profiles the founder of the modern hospice movement.
James Naughtie remembers the South African cricketer who aided the fight against apartheid
James Naughtie considers the life and achievements of the footballer from Northern Ireland
James considers the provocative feminist and academic.
James Naughtie profiles the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who pioneered IVF.
James considers the lasting impact of the trade union leader.
James Naughtie profiles the storyteller who enchanted children with his grotesque tales.
James Naughtie considers the influence of the musical innovator and trendsetter.
James Naughtie uncovers the little-known tale of SAS hero Talaiasi Labalaba.
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
James Naughtie profiles Jocelyn Bell Burnell, the astrophysicist who discovered pulsars.
James Naughtie profiles the politician who left the Labour Party to set up the SDP.
James Naughtie considers the headline-making fashion designer and former punk.
James Naughtie profiles the sewing machinist who led an infamous strike in the 1970s.
James Naughtie profiles Stuart Hall, leading thinker on British culture, race and identity
James Naughtie considers the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist.
James Naughtie considers the longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century.
James Naughtie profiles the artist who has long been at the forefront of British art.
The former shipyard worker who became one of the UK's most popular stand-up comedians.
James Naughtie on the industrialist credited with turning around Rolls Royce's fortunes.
James Naughtie profiles the Nobel prize-winning economist.
James Naughtie considers the Booker Prize-winning British Indian novelist.
James Naughtie considers the influence of one of Britain's most successful businesswomen.
James considers the architect who has transformed the world's skylines and landscapes.
James Naughtie reflects on the high-flying advertising executive and art collector.
James Naughtie considers the contribution of the musician, artist and DJ.
John Hume/David Trimble
Jim Naughtie profiles the Irish politicians who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998.
Jim Naughtie profiles the campaigner and mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
The inventor of the World Wide Web and unlikely hero of the Olympic opening ceremony.
Diana, Princess of Wales
James Naughtie reflects on the glamorous life and untimely death of the Princess of Wales.
Jim Naughtie considers the Scottish politician with a passion for an independent Scotland.
James Naughtie profiles Tony Blair, the Labour Prime Minister who swept to power in 1997.
Jim Naughtie considers Fred Goodwin, the banker now bereft of his knighthood.
James Naughtie profiles Rupert Murdoch, the global media magnate.
James Naughtie profiles Simon Cowell, who made his name and fortune on talent shows.
Queen Elizabeth II
James Naughtie profiles Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 2012.