British spacewoman Helen Sharman chooses scientist Elsie Widdowson as her great life.
Helen Sharman on Elsie Widdowson
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.
Jo Swinson, the favourite to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.
Boris Johnson: Our next prime minister?
As he leads the race, are you ready for Boris Johnson the prime minister?
The laws of love
Jim Obergefell fought for the legalisation of same sex marriage in the USA.
The day's main news stories, topical debate and interviews.
The visit, part two
Ros gets a crash-course in American cable news as Keith flips through the channels