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Great Lives

BBC Radio 4
Society & CulturePersonal Journals

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


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Latest Episodes

The award-winning Sound Recordist and Musician, Chris Watson nominates his hero, Ludwig Koch. In 1889, German-born Koch was the first person ever to record birdsong (at the age of 8) onto a wax cylinder recorder, given to him by his father as a toy. ... more

22 hours ago

An aristocrat in an eye patch, a jazz saxophonist, a crime novelist and a pioneering organic farmer. Lady Eve Balfour was born in 1898 into the political elite - her uncle was A J Balfour, who was Prime Minister from 1902-05. But from the age of 12 s... more

22 hours ago

Veteran British film director Ken Loach nominates the 17th century radical pamphleteer and and leader of the Diggers, Gerrard Winstanley. Born in Wigan in 1609, Winstanley began writing religious pamphlets after his cloth selling business in London w... more

23 hours ago


4.3 out of 5 stars from 1.8k ratings
  • We thought they were great lives

    Mixed feelings about this podcast. I appreciate the breadth of subjects and the breezy tone of the show. But it seems the goal of each episode is to lessen our appreciation & respect for the subject as they are made 'more human' and seemingly more 'relatable'. Of course these historical figures were far from perfect; I just find it irritating that we end up hearing a conversation that deconstructs their 'greatness' in a very postmodern, self-congratulatory way. I find myself thinking "well I gue... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Joey 5cents
    United Statesa month ago
  • Disappointing and old fashioned

    Unstructured and slightly sexist with the odd tasteless comment about women. There is no real biographical description juts a lot of “gossip” from “experts”. A true old fashioned (neo imperialistic) British podcast.

    Apple Podcasts
    Germany2 months ago
  • Catherine de Medici

    Learn how to pronounce her last name: it’s Médici, not Medìci. It’s not a matter of interpretation! One of your guests knows it and the other doesn’t.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Matthew Excels

    Whilst my political views are almost diametrically opposed to those of Mr Parris, I find his hosting of this programme hits absolutely the right note, and his voice is just sumptuous - like a magnum ice cream on a baking hot day. It educates, appreciates and questions in exactly the right ratio.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom7 months ago
  • Surprised

    So many angry reviews, relax people it’s just an opinion that’s not in line with your own. Such an enjoyable light hearted show. Thank you Matthew!!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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