Sir Ian McKellen tells Matthew Parris about meeting Ed Hillary in New Zealand.
When Gandalf met Sir Edmund Hillary
Ian McKellen on Edmund Hillary
Sir Ian McKellen chooses Edmund Hillary for Great Lives.
Vicky Pryce on Melina Mercouri
Vicky Pryce nominates the Greek film star and politician Melina Mercouri as a Great Life.
Michael Howard on Elizabeth I
Former leader of the Conservative Party Michael Howard talks about the life of Elizabeth I
Ade Adepitan on George Washington Williams
Ade Adepitan champions the life of George Washington Williams.
Monica Ali chooses Richard Francis Burton
Author Monica Ali champions the life of controversial explorer Richard Francis Burton.
Frances Crook on Barbara Castle
Frances Crook proposes Labour politician Barbara Castle. Roy Hattersley is witness.
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.
Was this father wrong to help convict his son?
Roger Stringer believed his son Zac fired the rifle that killed his other son
Emma Barnett presents, with original journalism and surprising news stories.
Talking to Cumbrians with a tale to tell.
Nicky Campbell takes your calls on the day's big story.