Hanif Kureishi nominates his friend David Bowie as his hero.
Hanif Kureishi on David Bowie
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
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.
Helen Glover on Alison Hargreaves
Matthew Parris invites Olympic rower Helen Glover to choose her great life.
Christina Lamb on Benazir Bhutto
Christina Lamb, author and journalist, nominates Benazir Bhutto as her great life.
Broadcaster Janice Long champions the life and work of singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl.
The reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson is the choice of fellow poet Gwyneth Lewis.
Restaurateur Antonio Carluccio nominates the Scottish artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
Poetry curator Daisy Goodwin nominates the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.
Simon Jenkins proposes Edwin Lutyens, architect of New Delhi and the Cenotaph.
Fast Show comic Simon Day tells Matthew Parris why he is fascinated by writer Hans Fallada
Captain James Cook
Media executive and broadcaster Greg Dyke chooses explorer Captain James Cook.
Hildegard Von Bingen
Cerys Matthews on why 12th-century nun Hildegard von Bingen qualifies as a great life.
Former England player Graeme le Saux champions the life of conservationist Gerald Durrell.
Philip K Dick
Michael Sheen champions Philip K Dick who has had an influence on his production of Hamlet
Ludwig Wittgenstein, fascinating and misunderstood thinker, is chosen by Raymond Tallis.
Steven Pinker joins Matthew Parris to discuss the life of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
Ludwig II of Bavaria
Brian Sewell on his love of 'Mad' King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter champions the life and work of skiffle king Lonnie Donegan.
Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees champions the life of his hero, physicist Joseph Rotblat.
Actress Emma Kennedy chooses the life of the American comedienne Gracie Allen.
Baroness Shirley Williams discusses her mother, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain.
Conservative politician Baroness Warsi nominates a 13th-century Indian princess.
Welsh poet Owen Sheers chooses Dylan Thomas for Great Lives.
Will Self nominates Oscar Wilde.
Pioneer girl Laura Ingalls Wilder nominated by broadcaster Samira Ahmed
Laura Ingalls Wilder: author Tracy Chevalier joins Samira Ahmed
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
Russell Kane on Evelyn Waugh
Comedian Russell Kane nominates novelist Evelyn Waugh, with Ann Pasternak Slater helping.
Tom Robinson explains how educationalist George Lyward saved his life.
Tim Smit on Humphrey Jennings, Film Maker
Tim Smit of the Eden Project talks about the life of the artistHumphrey Jennings.
Alexei Sayle nominates Edward Said, author of Orientalism.
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.
Eric Pickles chooses Hollywood director John Ford.
Sathnam Sanghera on Alexander Gardner
Author and journalist Sathnam Sanghera nominates Alexander Gardner as his great life.
Nikesh Shukla on the undefeated Muslim wrestler the Great Gama
The Great Gama, the strongest man in the world, championed by author Nikesh Shukla.
Diana Athill joins Matthew Parris to explore the life of Spanish painter Goya.
Des Lynam chooses Henry Cooper for Great Lives.
Oliver Sacks chosen by neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is Suzanne O'Sullivan's hero, she tells Matthew Parris
Comedian and performer Ken Dodd explains how Stan Laurel inspired him to go into comedy.
Josephine Bonaparte, first empress of France, chosen by Janine di Giovanni.
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
Lynn Barber talks to Matthew Parris about Sebastian Walker of Walker Books.
Conservative politician, author and adventurer Rory Stewart chooses Sir Walter Scott.
Matt Lucas on Freddie Mercury
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Brexit - The end of the Polish dream?
Stephanie Bell explores the experiences of people from abroad who call Wiltshire home.
Cerddoriaeth a chwmnïaeth ben bore.
Rachel Burden takes your calls on the day's big story.
Is it easier to come out as gay or bisexual in 2019?
Younger and older generations of callers share their experiences. Will they differ?
Could you live without your local bank?
As Santander announces branch closures across the UK, Dot asks if you use your local bank