Great Lives: Series 35: Michael Young12/26/14
Brian Eno champions the life and work of social reformer Michael Young.
Great Lives: Rachmaninov
Conductor Leonard Slatkin proposes composer Sergei Rachmaninov for great life status.
GreatLives: 23Dec14: Michael Young
The musician Brian Eno nominates Michael Young
GreatLives: 16 Dec 14 : Louisa M Alcott
Journalist Laura Bates tells Matthew Parris why her nomination for a Great Life is Louisa M. Alcott, author of Little Women.
GreatLives: 09Dec14: Emil Zatopek
Comedian Arthur Smith on Czech runner Emil Zatopek
GreatLives: 30 Sept 14 Lucille Ball
Matthew Parris asks Professor Edith Hall about the life and work of Lucille Ball, whom she nominates as a Great Life. Producer: Christine Hall
GreatLives: 23 Sept 14 Joseph Bazalgette
Matthew Parris talks to Lord Adonis about the life of Sir Joseph Bazalgette and is joined by his great-great-grandson Peter. Producer: Christine Hall
GreatLives: Michael Palin nominates Ernest Hemingway
Michael Palin first came across his Great Life when he was studying for school exams, his love of Ernest Hemingway has never gone away. He along with expert Naomi Wood tell Matthew Parris why this twentieth century legend is a Great Life. Producer...
GreatLives: Isy Suttie on Jake Thackray
Isy Suttie chooses Jake Thackray, Yorkshire's answer to Noel Coward. With Matthew Parris and Fake Thackray
GreatLives: Emma Kirkby on Henry Purcell
Soprano Emma Kirkby discusses the life of English composer Henry Purcell with Matthew Parris. Despite dying at the age of 36, Purcell was arguably the first composer to become a national figure, as shown by his funeral at Westminster Abbey. Living...
GreatLives: Arnold Bennett
Writer Deborah Moggach nominates the author Arnold Bennett whose work she thinks has been wrongly overlooked. Matthew Parris presents and Gyles Brandethn brings his enthusiasm and expertise.
Mathematician Marcus de Sautoy chooses the blind Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges for Great Lives. He is fascinated by the connection between the creator of 'The Library of Babel' and science - did Borges really understand notions of infinity and...
Great Lives: Hans Sloane
Sir Mark Walport, the government's Chief Scientific Advisor champions the life of Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum. Along with expert Marjorie Caygill they tell Matthew Parris why they think Sloane is the mother and father of all...
"Whenever I have too much to drink, I bang on about Dante ...." Sarah Vine makes a choice from the heart - the great Italian writer Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language and author of the Divine Comedy. Matthew Parris presents, the producer...
Great Lives: Lisa 'Lefteye' Lopes chosen by Sara Cox
Sara Cox nominates Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, a hip hop artist and rapper, the first on Great Lives. The presenter is Matthew Parris. Producer: Perminder Khatkar. Assistant Producer: Milly Chowles.
Great Lives: Kahlil Gibran chosen by Mark Constantine
Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of Kahlil Gibran, telling Matthew Parris how the poet has inspired him both at work and throughout his personal life.
Great Lives: Meg Rosoff on Isabella Bird
The novelist Meg Rosoff explains how the pioneering Victorian travel writer Isabella Bird inspired her life, work and love of horses.
Great Lives: Dave Allen
Comedian Dave Allen is chosen by Adil Ray, creator and star of Citizen Kahn. He explains to Matthew Parris how the legendary Irish comic helped shape his own career.
GreatLives: David Baddiel on John Updike
The writer and comedian David Baddiel and the novelist Justin Cartwright explain their fascination with one of the great figures of American literature, John Updike
Great Lives:Sir David Chipperfield on Le Corbusier
Pioneer of Modern architecture, Le Corbusier, chosen by award winning architect Sir David Chipperfield. Le Corbusier aimed to build a better world through radical buildings and the controversial reshaping of whole cities. Flora Samuel, Professor of...
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