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Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 5: Helen Glover on Alison Hargreaves

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Parris meets Helen Glover to discuss the life of the mountaineer Alison Hargreaves who lost her life on K2 in Pakistan in 1995. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Glover
Interviewed Guest:
Ed Douglas
Producer:
Maggie Ayre

Politics Live

28/11/2019

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by journalists Matthew Parris, Julia Hartley Brewer and Torsten Bell from the Resolution Foundation. Plus Labour's Lucy Powell and the Conservatives' Paul Scully. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Panellist:
Matthew Parris
Panellist:
Lucy Powell
Panellist:
Paul Scully

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Nigel Rees hosts the quotations quiz with Sally Phillips, Matthew Parris, Kate Williams and Frog Stone. From November 2017. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nigel Rees
Panellist:
Kate Williams
Panellist:
Frog Stone
Panellist:
Sally Phillips
Panellist:
Matthew Parris
Producer:
Katie Tyrrell

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Nigel Rees hosts the quotations quiz with Sally Phillips, Matthew Parris, Kate Williams and Frog Stone. From October 2017. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Nigel Rees
Panellist:
Sally Phillips
Panellist:
Matthew Parris
Panellist:
Kate Williams
Panellist:
Frog Stone
Producer:
Katie Tyrrell

Daily Politics

19/12/2017

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by journalist Matthew Parris for the latest news from Westminster, including an interview with Home Affairs committee chair Yvette Cooper about hate crime. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Yvette Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Keith Simpson

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 3: Simon Evans on JS Mill

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Simon Evans nominates JS Mill, author of On Liberty. Matthew Parris presents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Evans
Interviewed Guest:
Anne Phillips
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 30

Salvador Dali

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Melting clocks and lobster phones. John Cooper Clarke on moustachioed surrealist Salvador Dali. With Matthew Parris. From 2013. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
John Cooper Clarke
Producer:
Mark Smalley

Daily Politics

02/02/2017

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn are joined by the Times columnist Matthew Parris for the latest news from Westminster including the Brexit white paper and Heathrow expansion plans. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Andrew Neil
Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Parris

Daily Politics

05/12/2016

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

Jo Coburn is joined by Nadine Dorries and Barry Gardiner to analyse the implications of Italy's referendum and to look ahead to the Supreme Court hearing on triggering Article 50. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jo Coburn
Participant:
Nadine Dorries
Participant:
Barry Gardiner
Participant:
Louise Casey
Participant:
Matthew Parris

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 4: Patricia Greene on Bess of Hardwick

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Patricia Greene defends Bess of Hardwick. Some called her a 'cold hearted shrew' because she became rich by marrying four times. Will presenter Matthew Parris be convinced? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Patricia Greene
Interviewed Guest:
Nigel Wright

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 4: Laura Serrant on Audre Lorde

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Matthew Parris hears why Professor Laura Serrant has chosen the life of Audre Lorde, the black activist and poet. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Serrant
Interviewed Guest:
Akwugo Emejulu
Producer:
Maggie Ayre

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 8: Mark Carwardine on Douglas Adams

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by his friend and travelling companion, Mark Carwardine. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Carwardine
Interviewed Guest:
Jem Roberts
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 7: Cherie Blair on Dame Rose Heilbron

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Cherie Blair's own law career was inspired by the barrister Rose Heilbron. She became a role model, and an example of what a Liverpool girl could achieve in law. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Cherie Blair
Interviewed Guest:
Hilary Heilbron
Interviewed Guest:
John Tribe

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 5: Tej Lalvani on Richard Feynman

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Businessman Tej Lalvani nominates physicist Richard Feynman as his great life. His task is to convince Matthew Parris that this bongo-playing scientist was a genius. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Tej Lalvani
Interviewed Guest:
David Berman

Question Time

10/10/2013

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Parliament

David Dimbleby chairs the topical debate from Cambridge. On the panel are Jo Swinson, Diane Abbott, Adam Afriyie, Sarah Churchwell and Matthew Parris. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
David Dimbleby
Series Editor:
Nicolai Gentchev
Executive Producer:
Steve Anderson
Participant:
Jo Swinson
Participant:
Diane Abbott
Participant:
Adam Afriyie
Participant:
Sarah Churchwell
Participant:
Matthew Parris

Great Lives

Series 35

Laura Bates on Louisa May Alcott

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Journalist Laura Bates chooses the 19th-century American children’s author, Louise May Alcott. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Laura Bates
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Churchwell

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 6: Simon Callow on Orson Welles

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Simon Callow nominates one of the giants of the golden age of Hollywood, Orson Welles. Henry Jaglom talks about knowing him for the last years of his life. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Callow
Interviewed Guest:
Henry Jaglom
Producer:
Maggie Ayre

Only Connect

Specials

Episode 1: Children in Need Special: Goldfingers vs Fowls

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Victoria Coren hosts a special celebrity edition of the quiz where patience and lateral thinking are as vital as knowledge. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Victoria Coren
Series Producer:
Jenny Hawker
Director:
Siân G Lloyd
Participant:
Charlie Higson
Participant:
Daisy Goodwin
Participant:
Matthew Parris
Participant:
Rosie Boycott
Participant:
Richard Osman
Participant:
Clarke Carlisle

Loose Ends

Frank Skinner, Sheila Hancock, Amanda Abbington, Matthew Parris, Nine Below Zero, Kathryn Williams and Anthony Kerr, Sara Cox

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Clive Anderson and Sara Cox are joined by Frank Skinner, Sheila Hancock, Amanda Abbington and Matthew Parris for special festive edition of Loose Ends. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Clive Anderson
Presenter:
Sara Cox
Interviewed Guest:
Frank Skinner
Interviewed Guest:
Sheila Hancock
Interviewed Guest:
Amanda Abbington
Interviewed Guest:
Matthew Parris
Performer:
Anthony Kerr
Producer:
Sukey Firth

Great Lives

Series 30

Primo Levi

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Available for over a year

Edmund de Waal chooses Primo Levi, the Italian writer who survived and documented Auschwitz. With Matthew Parris. From 2013. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Edmund de Waal
Producer:
Lizz Pearson