Great Lives

by BBC · · · · 175 subscribers

Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.

The author Chibundu Onuzo nominates the first elected female in Africa, Constance Agatha Cummings-John. Chibundu discovered the remarkable story of Constance while studying for her PhD. Born into the Sierra Leonean Krios elite in 1918, Constance was brought up in colonial Freetown, with a lifestyle which most resembled English gentility. But everything changed for her when she travelled to England and America as a teenager. She experienced racism and segregation for the first time, and returned to Sierra Leone determined to fight the colonial rule of the British. At just twenty years old she became the first female elected councillor …


Tags: bbc, great, hero, talented, remarkable, society & culture, genius, life, famous, star, story, leader, biography, history

Older Episodes

Comedian Sindhu Vee nominates Prince, the musical superstar.
Eleonora Duse, pioneering nineteenth-century actress, is the choice of Fiona Shaw.
Psychotherapist Philippa Perry on the Italian educator Maria Montessori.
Ramsay Macdonald, Labour's first prime minister, chosen by Shaun Ley.
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
Laura Marling on the first female psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé.
Robinson Crusoe Aug. 13, 2019
Robinson Crusoe picked by Lucy Irvine, author of Castaway
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Kamila Shamsie champions the life of the human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.
Shirley Collins and Billy Bragg on the legendary American song-hunter Alan Lomax.
The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, chosen by artist Jeremy Deller.
Feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen.
Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni.
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Tom Holland chooses Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
Shappi Khorsandi chooses Emma, Lady Hamilton, Lord Nelson’s mistress.
Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury
Matthew Parris profiles the inventor of the car that changed the face of Formula One