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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.