Great Lives

by BBC · · · · 175 subscribers

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

Lionel Blair chooses his friend and dancing partner Sammy Davis Jr - Puerto Rican, Jewish, and possessing only one eye, but a great all round performer. Paul Gambaccini offers expert advice and Matthew Parris presents....
Sammy Davis Jr Dec. 28, 2010
Dancer and actor Lionel Blair chooses his friend, Sammy Davis Jr.
Sir Gerry Robinson chooses fellow Irishman Samuel Beckett. Matthew Parris presents and Jim Knowlson, a personal friend of the playwright, offers the expert's view....
Samuel Beckett Dec. 21, 2010
Business guru Sir Gerry Robinson chooses playwright Samuel Beckett.
Matthew Parris is joined by John Hegley and Geoff Dyer to discuss the life of DH Lawrence, author, poet, painter, who died aged just 44 but made a giant contribution to literature....
DH Lawrence Dec. 14, 2010
Poet John Hegley chooses the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence.
Malcolm McLaren Dec. 7, 2010
Public relations expert Mark Borkowski discusses the life of the Sex Pistols' manager.
Was Malcolm McLaren a musical great, or the great rock n' roll swindler ? Mark Borkowski joins Matthew Parris and Chris Salewicz in a discussion centred around compelling archive....
Gerald Scarfe, creator of some of the most savage cartoon images of the last forty years, chooses Walt Disney for Great Lives. Brian Sibley and Roger Rabbit creator Richard Williams join presenter Matthew Parris in the studio debate....
Walt Disney Sept. 28, 2010
Gerald Scarfe, merciless political cartoon satirist, chooses an icon who created icons.
Michel de Montaigne Sept. 21, 2010
Professor Robert Winston chooses a famous writer from the French Renaissance.
Robert Winston chooses Michel de Montaigne, one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Adding their help are biographer Sarah Bakewell and presenter Matthew Parris....
Winston Churchill Sept. 14, 2010
Lord Digby Jones chooses Winston Churchill, with contribution from Prof David Reynolds.
Winston Churchill's is the Great Life chosen by Lord Digby Jones, former Director General of the CBI. Expert contribution comes from Professor David Reynolds. Both men have vivid memories of the day in 1965 when, as children, they heard that Churchill...
Golda Meir was the Iron Lady of Israeli politics, a straight-talking, intransigent leader who once said, "There is a type of woman who does not let her husband narrow her horizons". She is the choice of former Conservative government minister Edwina...
Golda Meir Sept. 7, 2010
Edwina Currie discusses the life of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.
Camila Batmanghelidjh chooses the social reformer Mary Carpenter for Great Lives. Matthew Parris presents.
Historian Dominic Sandbrook champions the unloved Richard Nixon as his choice of a Great Life. Professor Philip Davies gives the opposing point of view, and Matthew Parris chairs.
Bettany Hughes chooses the Greek poet Sappho, born on the island of Lesbos and described down the centuries as everything from a great intellectual to little more than a vamp. Matthew Parris presents,
Matthew Parris asks writer and columnist John Harris why he has chosen John Lennon for Great Life status. Barry Miles, who knew Lennon and in whose gallery John met Yoko, fills in some details.