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The palliative care doctor on dealing with death, NHS heroes and falling in love.
The period poverty activist on Jayaben Desai, Come Dine With Me, and writing her dissertation on the British Asian club scene in the 1980s and 1990s.
The theoretical physicist on the political ideals of Alexander Bogdanov and why he would fail if he competed in Mastermind.
The novelist and playwright on empire, task management and writing on toilet paper.
The musician discusses the Second World War fighter pilot Douglas Bader, Winston Churchill and The Great British Bake Off.
The publisher discusses the leaders of the French Revolution, watching Call My Agent and reading Charles Dickens.
The novelist discusses childhood memories of Labuan, life lessons from his father and the flaws of heroes.
The Skunk Anansie singer discusses life as an RAF kid, Roots, and advice from Alexander McQueen.
The novelist discusses her favourite hymn, Angela Merkel and tyranny in Zimbabwe.
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The former president of Ireland discusses the legacy of John Hume, Catholic canon law and New Tricks.