Great Lives: Series 36: Rachel Johnson on Ottoline...04/17/15
Rachel Johnson, author and journalist, champions the life of Ottoline Morrell.
Great Lives: Series 4: Mary Kingsley
Journalist Ann Leslie chooses the pioneering writer and explorer Mary Kingsley.
Great Lives: Rachel Johnson on Ottoline Morrell
Rachel Johnson author and journalist champions the life of Ottoline Morrell and tells Matthew Parris why she is a Great Life.They are also joined by biographer Miranda Seymour. Producer : Perminder Khatkar.
GreatLives: 07 Apr 15: Sir Trevor McDonald on Learie...
The veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald chooses the life of Learie Constantine, the Trinidadian cricketer, politician and broadcaster who championed the rights of West Indians in Britain during the war years and afterwards.
GreatLives: 30Jan15 Mervyn King on Risto Ryti
The Finnish Prime Minster and banker is profiled by Sir Mervyn King
GreatLives:20Jan15 Nora Ephrom
Journalist Eve Pollard chooses the life of the stage and screenplay writer Nora Ephrom, famous for writing When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle
GreatLives: 13 Jan 15: Guy Burgess
Michael Dobbs champions the life of Guy Burgess - journalist, diplomat and spy. Matthew Parris chairs and Burgess’s biographer Stewart Purvis contributes to the debate.
GreatLives: 06 Jan 14: Richard the Third
Matthew Parris talks to Philippa Langley, who led the search for the remains of Richard III in Leicester, to find out why for her his was a Great Life.
GreatLives: 30 DEC 14: Roald Dahl
Professor Tom Solomon proposes Roald Dahl 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...
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