Frances Crook proposes Labour politician Barbara Castle. Roy Hattersley is witness.
Frances Crook on Barbara Castle
Hannah Rothschild on Thelonious Monk
Hannah Rothschild looks back at the life of jazz musician Thelonious Monk.
Nick Stadlen on Bram Fischer
Nick Stadlen and Joel Joffe champion the life of Afrikaner revolutionary Bram Fischer.
Toyah Willcox on Katharine Hepburn
Toyah Willcox champions the life of Katharine Hepburn, who she met and worked with.
Dickie Bird on the life of Sir Leonard Hutton
Dickie Bird champions his hero Sir Leonard Hutton.
Roger Saul founder of Mulberry chooses garden designer Gertrude Jekyll
Matthew Parris invites fashion designer Roger Saul to nominate a great life.
Alvin Hall chooses James Baldwin
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Scientist Precious Lunga chooses Wangari Maathai
Matthew Parris explores the remarkable life of Professor Wangari Maathai.
Martin Jennings on Charles Sargeant Jagger
Sculptor Martin Jennings champions the life of sculptor Charles Sargeant Jagger.
Susan Calman on Molly Weir
Comedian Susan Calman nominates Scottish actress Molly Weir.
Nitin Sawhney on Jeff Buckley
Nitin Sawhney champions the life of Jeff Buckley, who he regards as a genius.
Eliza Manningham-Buller on Abraham Lincoln
Eliza Manningham-Buller on why she regards Abraham Lincoln as a great life.
Anthony Horowitz chooses the life of Alfred Hitchcock
Anthony Horowitz champions the life of Alfred Hitchcock.
Nancy Dell'Olio chooses the life of Lucrezia Borgia.
Nancy Dell'Olio champions the much maligned Lucrezia Borgia.
Ray Peacock chooses the life of Lenny Bruce
Comedian Ray Peacock nominates the controversial life of Lenny Bruce.
Sudha Bhuchar chooses the life of Zohra Sehgal
Playwright and actress Sudha Bhuchar nominates the life of actor Zohra Sehgal.
Graeme Lamb on Christine Granville
Former British SAS commander Graeme Lamb champions the life of spy Christine Granville.
Richard the Lionheart
Richard the Lionheart, nominated by Timmy Mallett.
Charles Moore on Gordon Hamilton-Fairley
Cancer pioneer Gordon Hamilton-Fairley, killed by an IRA bomb when he was just 45.
George Fox, founder of the Quakers, nominated by Ann Limb.
Frank Turner on Joseph Grimaldi
Frank Turner chooses Joseph Grimaldi, who changed the face of clowning forever.
Hilary Devey on Gracie Fields
The life of Dame Gracie Fields is championed by Hilary Devey.
Alex Salmond on Thomas Muir
Alex Salmond chooses Thomas Muir, whom he describes as the father of Scottish democracy.
Sara Pascoe on Virginia Woolf
Sara Pascoe champions Virginia Woolf, author of Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One's Own.
Georgina Godwin on Dag Hammarskjold
Matthew Parris on the life and death of Dag Hammarskjold.
Tony Hawks on Marshall Rosenberg
Tony Hawks champions Marshall Rosenberg, creator of nonviolent communication.
Maureen Lipman on Dame Cicely Saunders
Maureen Lipman champions the life of Dame Cicely Saunders.
Eliza Carthy on Caroline Norton
Eliza Carthy chooses Caroline Norton, who campaigned for women in the 19th century.
AA Gill on Arthur Neville Chamberlain
AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Cyrus Todiwala on Dadabhai Naoroji
Cyrus Todiwala picks Dadabhai Naoroji, who in 1892 became Britain's first Asian MP.
Lucy Porter on Cary Grant
Comedian and writer Lucy Porter champions Cary Grant as her Great Life.
Sir Ben Kingsley on Elie Wiesel
Sir Ben Kingsley champions the life of holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as his great life.
Orlando Murrin on Dinu Lipatti
Chef and food writer Orlando Murrin discusses the life of the celebrated Romanian pianist.
Ruth Holdaway on Helen Rollason
Ruth Holdaway picks sports broadcaster Helen Rollason as her great life.
Suzannah Lipscomb on CS Lewis
CS Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, chosen by Suzannah Lipscomb.
Akram Khan on Srinivasa Ramanujan
One of the UK's leading choreographers nominates the Indian mathematician Ramanujan.
Len Goodman on Lionel Bart
Len Goodman champions Lionel Bart, the man who created the musical Oliver, as his hero.
Chris Patten on Pope John XXIII
Chris Patten on the pope who rocked the Roman Catholic church by pushing it towards change
Gary Kemp on EW Godwin
Matthew Parris invites Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet to choose his great life.
Germaine Greer on Dame Elizabeth Frink
Germaine Greer makes the case for sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink.
Ermonela Jaho on Mother Teresa
The Albanian opera singer Ermonela Jaho chooses the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Anton du Beke on Arnold Palmer
Biographical series presented by Matthew Parris.
Peaches Golding on Shirley Chisholm
Matthew Parris invites Bristol's lord lieutenant Peaches Golding to choose a life.
Steven Knight on Sitting Bull
Steven Knight picks Sitting Bull as his hero thanks to an obsession with Native Americans.
Sue Cameron on Emma of Normandy
Twice queen of England and mother of two kings, but have you heard of Emma of Normandy?
Peter Williams of Jack Wills chooses Steve Jobs
Peter Williams of Jack Wills champions the abrasive Steve Jobs, founder of Apple.
Iain Lee on Andy Kaufman
Cult legend Andy Kaufman chosen by Iain Lee as his great life.
Maxine Peake on Ellen Wilkinson
Maxine Peake nominates her working class hero the MP Ellen Wilkinson as her great life.
Stephen Fry on PG Wodehouse
Stephen Fry nominates his hero, PG Wodehouse, who just simply cheers him up.
Sathnam Sanghera on Alexander Gardner
Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera nominates Alexander Gardner as his great life.
Don McCullin on Norman Lewis
Don McCullin chooses his old travel companion Norman Lewis for Great Lives.
Tracy Chevalier on Mary Anning
Novelist Tracy Chevalier chooses the fossil hunter Mary Anning as her great life.
Helen Sharman on Elsie Widdowson
British spacewoman Helen Sharman chooses scientist Elsie Widdowson as her great life.
Nicholas Stern on Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali is economist Nicholas Stern's great life as he tells Matthew Parris.
Andrea Catherwood on Constance Markievicz
Constance Markievicz, Irish rebel countess and the first woman elected to Parliament.
Helena Morrissey on Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
City boss Helena Morrissey champions the life of Rachael Heyhoe Flint as her great life.
Liza Tarbuck on Nikola Tesla
Will Gregory on Flann O'Brien
Goldfrapp's Will Gregory takes the stage to nominate Irish writer Flann O'Brien.
Cornelia Parker on Marcel Duchamp
Marcel Duchamp, father of conceptual art, is fellow artist Cornelia Parker's great life.
Louise Richardson nominates Daniel O'Connell, hero of Catholic emancipation in 1829.
Nazir Afzal on Gandhi
Nazir Afzal chooses Mahatma Gandhi as his great life.
Helen Arney, scientist and geek songstress, nominates pioneer physicist Hertha Ayrton.
Gisela Stuart on Joseph Chamberlain
Gisela Stuart nominates Joseph Chamberlain as her great life.
Justin Marozzi on Herodotus
Herodotus - father of history or father of lies? Matthew Parris presents.
Liza Tarbuck nominates Nikola Tesla as her great life. Matthew Parris presents.
Jim Moir on Captain Beefheart
Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, chooses the life of Don van Vliet - Captain Beefheart.
Ayesha Hazarika on Jayaben Desai
Ayesha Hazarika champions her hero Jayaben Desai who led the Grunwick strike in 1976.
Adrian Utley of Portishead on Miles Davis
Miles Davis chosen by Adrian Utley of Portishead.
Laura Serrant on Audre Lorde
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
Tej Lalvani on Richard Feynman
Tej Lalvani nominates the physicist and bongo playing Richard Feynman as his great life.
Simon Callow on Orson Welles
Matthew Parris meets the actor Simon Callow to discuss the life of Orson Welles.
Mica Paris on Josephine Baker
Soul singer Mica Paris tells Matthew Parris why Josephine Baker is her heroine.
Suzy Klein on Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr, actress, inventor, and the most beautiful woman in the world.
Barbara Stocking on Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great is chosen by Dame Barbara Stocking. Matthew Parris presents.
Hanif Kureishi on David Bowie
Hanif Kureishi nominates his friend David Bowie as his hero.
Erica Wagner on Roald Amundsen
Matthew Parris on Roald Amundsen, first man to the South Pole.
Simon Evans on JS Mill
Simon Evans nominates JS Mill, author of On Liberty.
Patricia Greene on Bess of Hardwick
Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, nominates Bess of Hardwick as her hero
Helen Glover on Alison Hargreaves
Matthew Parris invites Olympic rower Helen Glover to choose her great life.
Greg Jenner on Gene Kelly
Greg Jenner on the great song and dance man Gene Kelly.
Cherie Blair on Dame Rose Heilbron
Cherie Blair picks Rose Heilbron, her role model, as her great life.
Mark Carwardine on Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by Mark Carwardine.
Christina Lamb on Benazir Bhutto
Christina Lamb, author and journalist, nominates Benazir Bhutto as her great life.
Pioneer girl Laura Ingalls Wilder nominated by broadcaster Samira Ahmed
Laura Ingalls Wilder: author Tracy Chevalier joins Samira Ahmed
Russell Kane on Evelyn Waugh
Comedian Russell Kane nominates novelist Evelyn Waugh, with Ann Pasternak Slater helping.
Tim Smit on Humphrey Jennings, Film Maker
Tim Smit of the Eden Project talks about the life of the artistHumphrey Jennings.
Charlie Chaplin - not just funny but a political rebel according to Mark Steel
Charlie Chaplin wasn’t funny but a political rebel. Mark Steel nominates him as his hero.
Nikesh Shukla on the undefeated Muslim wrestler the Great Gama
The Great Gama, the strongest man in the world, championed by author Nikesh Shukla.
Oliver Sacks chosen by neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is Suzanne O'Sullivan's hero, she tells Matthew Parris
Colin Chapman, creator of Lotus Cars, nominated by Rohan Silva
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One
Matt Lucas on Freddie Mercury
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Shappi Khorsandi on Emma, Lady Hamilton
Shappi Khorsandi chooses Emma, Lady Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress.
Catherine de Medici nominated by Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, chosen by Tom Holland
Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Malcolm Lowry, writer, nominated by Ian McMillan
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Conductor and composer Ferruccio Busoni
Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni.
Caroline Criado-Perez nominates Jane Austen
Feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen.
Jeremy Deller on The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, chosen by artist Jeremy Deller.
Shirley Collins on the American song-hunter Alan Lomax
Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
Kamila Shamsie chooses Asma Jahangir
Kamila Shamsie champions the life of the human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
Why music on a bus gave me a panic attack
Maryam Zaree's birth was a family secret until a bus ride unearthed traumatic memories
The First Time with Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher talks to Matt Everitt about his greatest musical moments.
Aled Richard’s stand-up show, dealing with his experience of suffering a heart attack.
Discussing the issues affecting young people in Coventry & Warwickshire.
Giorgio Moroder shares his musical milestones in a programme first broadcast in 2014.