Great Lives

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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.

Petra Kelly May 10, 2011
Green MP Caroline Lucas nominates Petra Kelly, the German Green superstar politician.
Lewis Carroll May 3, 2011
Writer Lynne Truss chooses the creator of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
Matthew Parris and writer Lynne Truss discuss the life of author Lewis Carroll. Famous for the Alice books, Carroll was also a brilliant mathematician and early photographer....
Kathleen Ferrier April 26, 2011
Broadcaster Sue MacGregor nominates singer Kathleen Ferrier who died tragically young.
Broadcaster Sue MacGregor nominates singer Kathleen Ferrer, who died tragically young. Matthew Parris presents, with the help of Christopher Fifield who edited Ferrier's letters....
Actress Diana Quick tells Matthew Parris why Simone de Beauvoir changed her life after reading "The Second Sex". Lisa Appignanesi is the expert witness....
Simone de Beauvoir April 19, 2011
Actress Diana Quick selects philosopher Simone de Beauvoir for Great Lives.
Leonard Bernstein April 12, 2011
Conductor Charles Hazlewood chooses Leonard Bernstein.
Leonard Bernstein, composer of West Side Story, was one of the greatest musical figures of the twentieth century. He's chosen by conductor Charles Hazlewood. Presenter Matthew Parris asks Bernstein's colleague and friend, Humphrey Burton, blunt...
Thomas Edison April 5, 2011
Sir Clive Sinclair discusses fellow inventor Thomas Edison with Matthew Parris.
Sir Clive Sinclair nominates fellow inventor Thomas Edison. Edison invented sound recording, the electric light bulb and moving pictures, but also had his fair share of duds along the way. Sir Clive invented the first electronic calculator but also...
Marcus Garvey Feb. 1, 2011
Playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah on Marcus Garvey, the inspirational 20th-century black leader.
Kwame Kwei-Armah chooses Marcus Garvey, the inspirational black leader of the early twentieth century. With biographer Colin Grant and presenter Matthew Parris....
Katharine Whitehorn nominates Mary Stott, the great campaigning journalist and the first editor of the Guardian women's page. Dame Liz Forgan shares her memories of working with Mary, and Matthew Parris presents....
Mary Stott Jan. 25, 2011
Katharine Whitehorn chooses journalist and campaigner Mary Stott.
Iraqi-born physicist Jim al-Khalili explores the life of Gertrude Bell, adventurer, archaeologist and arguably the founder of modern Iraq....
Gertrude Bell Jan. 18, 2011
Physicist Jim al-Khalili nominates Gertrude Bell who shaped modern-day Iraq.
Matthew Parris explores the life of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS, chosen by the former leader of the Labour Party, Lord Kinnock. John Campbell adds biographical detail....
Aneurin Bevan Jan. 4, 2011
Lord Kinnock chooses the life of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.
Lionel Blair chooses his friend and dancing partner Sammy Davis Jr - Puerto Rican, Jewish, and possessing only one eye, but a great all round performer. Paul Gambaccini offers expert advice and Matthew Parris presents....