First Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald Aug. 27, 2019
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.
Robinson Crusoe Aug. 13, 2019
Real-life castaway Lucy Irvine nominates Robinson Crusoe. With Martin Popplewell.
Ed Balls nominates Herbert Howells Aug. 12, 2019
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Kamila Shamsie chooses Asma Jahangir May 28, 2019
Kamila Shamsie champions the life of the human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
Shirley Collins on Alan Lomax May 21, 2019
Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
Jeremy Deller on The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein May 15, 2019
Turner Prize artist Jeremy Deller chooses The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
Caroline Criado-Perez on Jane Austen May 7, 2019
The feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen
Kirill Gerstein on Ferruccio Busoni May 1, 2019
Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni
Malcolm Lowry, nominated by Ian McMillan April 23, 2019
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Catherine de Medici nominated by Helen Lewis April 18, 2019
Helen Lewis nominates the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, chosen by Tom Holland April 16, 2019
Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Shappi Khorsandi on Emma, Lady Hamilton April 2, 2019
Shappi Khorsandi chooses Emma, Lady Hamilton Lord Nelson’s mistress.
Matt Lucas on Freddie Mercury Jan. 22, 2019
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Rohan Silva on Colin Chapman Jan. 15, 2019
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One
Suzanne O'Sullivan on Oliver Sacks Jan. 8, 2019
Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks is Suzanne O'Sullivan's hero, she tells Matthew Parris
Nikesh Shukla on the Great Gama Jan. 1, 2019
The Great Gama, the strongest man in the world, championed by author Nikesh Shukla.
Sathnam Sanghera on Alexander Gardner Dec. 28, 2018
Writer Sathnam Sanghera nominates adventurer Alexander Gardner
Mark Steel on Charlie Chaplin Dec. 25, 2018
Charlie Chaplin wasn’t funny but a political rebel. Mark Steel nominates him as his hero.