- 1999 - 2002
- BBC Radio 4
- 16 (3 series)
- Mark Steel, Melanie Hudson, Martin Hyder, Carla Mendonca and Debbie Isitt
- Mark Steel
- Phil Clarke and Lucy Armitage
Left wing satirist and stand-up comedian Mark Steel looks at some of the most important people in our history, from the ancients to those still with us today.
His lectures cover the likes of W. G. Grace, who Steel considers to be the first modern celebrity; Che Guevara, possibly the only revolutionary in history to also suffer from asthma; and Lord Byron, who once kept a pet bear at college.
- A series of lectures on Englishmen who changed the course of history (Series 1); A series of lectures on people with a passion (Series 2-3)
- First broadcast
- Monday 9th August 1999 at 6:30pm on BBC Radio 4
- Most recent repeats