Really Interesting People from the UK
An maverick who tried to circumnavigate the world, but failed to prepare properly – leading to terrifying adventures, mishaps, and a fear that he was dead.
An Irish labourer living in Birmingham, he was accused of bombing two pubs. After cruel treatment, he spent years in prison until his innocence was proved.
A political secretary, she worked for two leaders of the Labour Party before moving to work for a press baron, and was honoured for her services.
A Second World War bomber, he was shot down over Norway and sent to the notorious POW camp, Stalag Luft 3, where he contributed to the Wooden Horse and the Great Escape – the last survivor of that famous incident.
Really Interesting People from Europe
A drama student in post-war Paris, a kiss from her boyfriend was captured by a photographer and became one of the most iconic images of the Twentieth Century.
The first German supermodel, she was the face of the 1990s, appearing on many magazine covers – but became a champion of animal rights and for ageing gracefully.
A Hungarian aristocrat, supported Fascism, married a Count and indulged in big game hunting. She was an ‘Enemy of the People’, constantly resisting communism.
After just surviving the Holocaust he came to Britain as one of the Windemere Children and went on to represent GB at two Olympic Games as a weightlifter.
Really Interesting People from the World
A working mother from New Jersey, her son became a global music superstar – and she joined him on stage, becoming known for her love of dancing.
An American soldier, he was part of the Monuments Men who rescued great pieces of art from the Nazis, before becoming a renown architect – the Last Man Standing
A competitive dancer who helped popularize Swing and the Lindy Hop, she became a film and TV star and a noted teacher – and was still dancing into her 90s.
A British ballet dancer who lived in Chile, she married a famous folk singer. He was murdered in the 1973 coup, so she spent the rest of her life searching for justice.