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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 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

The Food Programme

The carnivore's guide to meat and fire

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Series investigating the world of food. Tim Hayward heads to Meatopia to explore the very latest in meat and fire. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tim Hayward
Interviewed Guest:
Lennox Hastie
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Parr
Interviewed Guest:
Hang Fire Barbecue Girls
Interviewed Guest:
Genevieve Taylor
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 33

Sarah Vine on Dante

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

4 Extra Debut. Outspoken columnist Sarah Vine chooses her Italian idol Dante degli Alighieri. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Sarah Vine
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Honess
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 42

Iain Lee on Andy Kaufman

Duration: 26 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Broadcaster Iain Lee chooses performance artist, wrestler and star of TV’s Taxi, Andy Kaufman. With Matthew Parris. From 2017. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Iain Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Oliver Double
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 6: Greg Jenner on Gene Kelly

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Greg Jenner on the great song and dance man Gene Kelly, star of Singin' in the Rain. Matthew Parris presents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Greg Jenner
Interviewed Guest:
Ruth Leon
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 9: Barbara Stocking on Catherine the Great

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Catherine the Great is chosen by Barbara Stocking. Matthew Parris presents. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Barbara Stocking
Interviewed Guest:
Virginia Rounding
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 8: Suzy Klein on Hedy Lamarr

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Hedy Lamarr, actress, inventor, and the most beautiful woman in the world, chosen by Suzy Klein. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Suzy Klein
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 24

Episode 7: Jack Johnson

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Syed chooses the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson. With Matthew Parris. From May 2011. Show more

Great Lives

Series 46

Episode 2: Erica Wagner on Roald Amundsen

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Matthew Parris on Roald Amundsen, first man to the South Pole. The nominator is Erica Wagner. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Erica Wagner
Interviewed Guest:
Pieter van de Merwe
Interviewed Guest:
Roland Huntford
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 23

Episode 1: Malcolm McLaren

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

4 Extra Debut. Public relations expert Mark Borkowski discusses the life of the manager of the Sex Pistols. From December 2010. Show more

Great Lives

Series 23

Episode 6: JB Priestley

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Barry Cryer nods to his Yorkshire roots by choosing JB Priestley, author of The Good Companions and An Inspector Calls. With Matthew Parris and Martin Wainwright. From January 2011. Show more

Great Lives

Series 45

Episode 3: Adrian Utley of Portishead on Miles Davis

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Biographical series presented by Matthew Parris. Adrian Utley of Portishead chooses jazz musician Miles Davis. With author Richard Williams. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Adrian Utley
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Williams
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 36

Antonia Quirke on Marlon Brando

Duration: 26 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Film critic Antonia Quirke chooses the stage and movie star, Marlon Brando. With Joe Queenan and Matthew Paris. From 2015. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Antonia Quirke
Interviewed Guest:
Robyn Karney
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Queenan
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 40

Dag Hammarskjold

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Journalist Georgina Godwin chooses UN secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjold who died in 1961. With Matthew Parris. From 2016. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Georgina Godwin
Interviewed Guest:
Susan Williams
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 40

Tony Hawks on Marshall Rosenberg

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian and writer Tony Hawks chooses the creator of nonviolent communication, Marshall Rosenberg. With Matthew Parris. From 2016. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Tony Hawks
Interviewed Guest:
David Baker
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 37

Ian McKellen on Edmund Hillary

Duration: 26 minutes

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

Available for over a year

4 Extra Debut. Sir Ian McKellen chooses pioneering Everest conqueror, mountaineer Edmund Hillary. With Matthew Parris. From 2015. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Ian McKellan
Interviewed Guest:
Mick Conefrey
Producer:
Miles Warde

Great Lives

Series 33

Marcus du Sautoy on Jorge Luis Borges

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Mathematician Marcus de Sautoy chooses the blind Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. With Matthew Parris. From 2014. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus du Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Jason Wilson
Producer:
Miles Warde

The Food Programme

The Great British Hop

Duration: 28 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Can there really be only 60 hop farmers left in the UK? Miles Warde goes back to the Herefordshire yard where he worked to find out. Show more

Great Lives

Series 44

Episode 7: Justin Marozzi on Herodotus

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Justin Marozzi nominates Herodotus - father of history or father of lies? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Marozzi
Interviewed Guest:
Edith Hall
Producer:
Miles Warde