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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.
Robinson Crusoe picked by Lucy Irvine, author of Castaway
Ed Balls nominates Herbert Howells
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Laura Marling on the first woman psychoanalyst, Lou Andreas-Salome
Laura Marling on the first female psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé.
Caroline Quentin nominates Sir John Vanbrugh, playwright and architect
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
First Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.
Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori.
Fiona Shaw nominates actress Eleonora Duse
Eleonora Duse, pioneering nineteenth-century actress, is the choice of Fiona Shaw.
Comedian Sindhu Vee on Prince
Comedian Sindhu Vee nominates Prince, the musical superstar.
Constance Agatha Cummings-John
Author Chibundu Onuzo on the first elected female in Africa, Constance Cummings-John.
Just William / Richmal Crompton proposed by Peter Oborne with Martin Jarvis
William Brown, star of the Just William books, proposed by Peter Oborne
War photographer and model Lee Miller proposed by Lindsey Hilsum of Channel 4 News
Lindsey Hilsum on the extraordinary life of Lee Miller
Jeremy Paxman nominates Lord Shaftesbury
Jeremy Paxman nominates the Victorian social reformer Lord Shaftesbury.
Novelist Enid Blyton
How can Enid Blyton not be a great life?
Bill Bailey on his hero Alfred Russel Wallace
Bill Bailey and his love for Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace
Charlie Parker nominated by Ken Clarke
Charlie Parker - Bird - proposed by Ken Clarke
Kurt Vonnegut and Josie Long
Kurt Vonnegut on Kurt Vonnegut, with a little help from Josie Long
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison
Andi Oliver on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.