Military historian Richard Holmes nominates the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask. With Humphrey Carpenter and John Noone. From May 2003. Show more
4 Extra Debut. Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson chooses her Welsh compatriot, politician David Lloyd George. With Humphrey Carpenter. From May 2003. Show more
Kate Adie discusses Flora Sandes, Britain's first commissioned female officer in World War One. With Humphrey Carpenter. From February 2003. Show more
Writer and broadcaster Clement Freud chooses comedian Tommy Cooper. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2003.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens. With Humphrey Carpenter. From November 2003.
Explorer Benedict Allen chooses Horatio Nelson. With biographer Terry Coleman. Presenter Humphrey Carpenter. From April 2004.
Actor and stand-up comedian Daniel Rigby picks Victoria Wood for Great Lives. She played his mum on TV and was his landlady in real life. Show more
Myrna Loy was born Myrna Williams in Montana - she starred in The Thin Man and The Best Years of Our Lives. Show more
4 Extra Debut. Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo selects composer Wolfgang Mozart. With Francine Stock and Stephen Johnson. From April 2005.
Lord Powell, Margaret Thatcher's foreign affairs adviser, chooses US President Ronald Reagan. With Francine Stock. From May 2005.
Matthew Parris is joined by chef Rick Stein and DJ Paul Gambaccini to discover the life and legend of the inimitable Jim Morrison, lead singer of the rock band, The Doors. Show more
Scientist Sir Mark Walport champions the life of Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more
Acclaimed author and screen-writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce champions Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins. Show more
Anand Menon discusses the life of Leeds United Captain, Billy Bremner with Leeds' biographer Rob Bagchi. Matthew Parris presents. Show more
Dolly Alderton has been obsessed by Doris Day since childhood. She joins Matthew Parris and Dr Tamar Jeffers McDonald to explore the life of one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Show more
Journalist Valerie Grove chooses Charles M Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip. Schulz's widow Jeannie puts the cartoon in its historical context. From April 2005. Show more
Alexei Sayle chooses Palestinian writer and scholar, the 'fiercely intelligent' Edward Said. With Matthew Parris. From May 2012. Show more