Great Lives

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

Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
Laura Marling on the first female psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé.
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Real-life castaway Lucy Irvine nominates Robinson Crusoe. With Martin Popplewell.
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Kamila Shamsie champions the life of the human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
Turner Prize artist Jeremy Deller chooses The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
The feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen
Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Helen Lewis nominates the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Shappi Khorsandi chooses Emma, Lady Hamilton Lord Nelson’s mistress.
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is Suzanne O'Sullivan's hero, she tells Matthew Parris
The Great Gama, the strongest man in the world, championed by author Nikesh Shukla.
Writer Sathnam Sanghera nominates adventurer Alexander Gardner
Charlie Chaplin wasn’t funny but a political rebel. Mark Steel nominates him as his hero.