48 posts about History on this blog
Monday 16 December 2013, 13:42
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Pliny the Younger, famous for his letters.
Monday 18 November 2013, 13:10
A History of Britain in Numbers reveals some surprizing stats about modern life. From rotten teeth to toilet arrangements to women's roles to austerity, here's a taster of some of the numerical insights that the team have unearthed.
Thursday 7 November 2013, 17:08
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's In Our Time on Ordinary Language Philosophy, as well as events from his week.
Friday 1 November 2013, 14:18
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's In Our Time on the Berlin Conference and the Scramble for Africa.
Friday 25 October 2013, 12:37
Melvyn Bragg discusses this week's programme on The Corn Laws, as well as events from his week.
Monday 5 August 2013, 15:55
Jim Naughtie talks to novelist Deborah Moggach, whose book Tulip Fever takes us back to a brief time in 17th century Dutch society when a single tulip could be worth as much as a house.
Monday 15 July 2013, 14:43
The inspiration for Red Joan came from the story of Melita Norwood, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving Cold War spy, at the age of 87.
Wednesday 6 March 2013, 12:22
What would the first line of your memoir be? Ian McMillan encourages people to submit the first line of their memoir in the comments section of this blog.
Wednesday 6 February 2013, 17:05
Radio 4 producer Phil Tinline discusses mining the BBC Archives in search of material on George Orwell for Archive on 4: The Road to Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Wednesday 14 September 2011, 13:50
I was surprised but obviously delighted when, seven years ago, I was told that In Our Time was to become the first BBC programme to be podcast - but, to be honest, I didn't quite know what it meant at the time. It turned out to mean a very great deal. Thus strikes the law of unexpected consequences once...
Monday 25 July 2011, 17:02
Most people, when they go to the Old Bailey Online look for a name, a place, or perhaps a crime.
As the largest collection of transcribed trial accounts on the web, the site is used by thousands of family and local historians searching for lost black sheep, and local villains.
It has also been...
Tuesday 31 May 2011, 14:07
Plantagenet, alone in the great roll call of the Classic Serial, is based on a book that is almost impossible to try to get through. Holinshed Chronicles, the Elizabethan equivalent of the Ladybird Book of Kings and Queens, is a very tough and uncompromising read. Buried beneath...
Wednesday 30 March 2011, 13:31
What a week for everyone involved in Desert Island Discs. It began with a blizzard of checking, fixing and not a little sweating to get everything ready for the launch of the new web site. Of course in the event, it all went very smoothly and soon there were people passing by my desk saying, "it's...
Sunday 27 March 2011, 09:33
We recognised Marty Wilde first. He was the tall one with the full head of hair dressed in a camel coat. Vince Eager came next, a man who once quaked the nation with the soda pop fuelled Buzz, Buzz. Buzz. Then came the drummer who has quite possibly played on more No 1's than any other man alive, Clem...
Saturday 19 February 2011, 22:13
Tony Hancock opened tonight's Archive on 4 about Face to Face, the hugely influential interview programme that ran on BBC television from 1959 to 1962. In the programme, produced by Chris Ledgard, Sue MacGregor interviews producer and creator of the programme Hugh Burnett. We learn...
Saturday 19 February 2011, 10:00
Whilst working on this week's Britain In A Box, I had a rare treat when we managed to obtain a copy of the original, never-broadcast pilot of 'Men Behaving Badly'. The pilot was made for Thames TV, directed by their then Head of Comedy, John Howard Davies and starred the eventual cast of the first...
Saturday 12 February 2011, 09:45
I love television: I love watching it, I love working in it and I love talking about it. We produce hundreds of hours of TV in this country and inevitably much of it passes by largely unnoticed after its first airing. But when it's good it can be very good, it can catch the national imagination in an...
Thursday 10 February 2011, 14:28
UPDATE: episode one of Mind Changers was postponed because of extended coverage of the events in Egypt. The series will now start on Sunday 20 February with the episode about Walter Mischel's Marshmallow Study and you'll be able to hear the episode discussed here on 17 April - SB.
For someone as obsessed...
Thursday 3 February 2011, 16:28
''Serendipity'. Or to be even more direct, 'luck'. Those are the words I most associate with Britain In A Box which returns for a fourth series this Saturday.
This is the programme where comedy producer and television executive Paul Jackson delves back into the origins of TV classics and explores what...
Monday 31 January 2011, 13:04
Editor's note: I'm republishing this post from last year now because the programme has just been repeated and that's a good enough excuse to revive this excellent new recording of Skiffle classic 'Rock Island Line' - SB
The chorus goes like this:
The Rock Island Line is a mighty good road The Rock Island...
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