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  1. The Planets

    Melvyn Bragg examines our knowledge of the planets in both our and other solar systems.

    First broadcast: 27 May 2004

  2. Toleration

    Melvyn Bragg looks at the politics behind the rise of religious freedom in England.

    First broadcast: 20 May 2004

  3. Zero

    Melvyn Bragg examines the number between 1 and -1, once denounced as the devil's work.

    First broadcast: 13 May 2004

  4. Heroism

    Melvyn Bragg explores what defines a hero, and their place in classical society.

    First broadcast: 06 May 2004

  5. Tea

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss tea, the first truly global commodity.

    First broadcast: 29 Apr 2004

  6. Hysteria

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how emotional experiences can become physical symptoms.

    First broadcast: 22 Apr 2004

  7. The Later Romantics

    Melvyn Bragg examines the poetry, tragedy and idealism of Byron, Shelley and Keats.

    First broadcast: 15 Apr 2004

  8. The Fall

    Melvyn Bragg examines the concept of original sin and its influence in Christian Europe.

    First broadcast: 08 Apr 2004

  9. China's Warring States period

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the astonishing productivity of the Chinese Golden Age.

    First broadcast: 01 Apr 2004

  10. Theories of Everything

    Melvyn Bragg explores the 30 year search to solve all the biggest questions in physics.

    First broadcast: 25 Mar 2004

  11. The Roman Empire's Decline and Fall

    Melvyn Bragg examines the causes of the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century.

    First broadcast: 18 Mar 2004

  12. The Norse Gods

    Melvyn Bragg examines the myths and theology that inspired the Vikings.

    First broadcast: 11 Mar 2004

  13. Dreams

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the function and interpretation of dreams.

    First broadcast: 04 Mar 2004

  14. The Mughal Empire

    Melvyn Bragg and guests examine how much the British Raj owed to the Mughal Emperors.

    First broadcast: 26 Feb 2004

  15. Rutherford

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ernest Rutherford, the father of nuclear science.

    First broadcast: 19 Feb 2004

  16. The Sublime

    Melvyn Bragg explores a transcendental idea that took hold on the Age of Enlightenment.

    First broadcast: 12 Feb 2004

  17. Thermopylae

    Melvyn Bragg examines the Battle of Thermopylae, a defining clash between East and West.

    First broadcast: 05 Feb 2004

  18. Cryptography

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the origins and history of codes.

    First broadcast: 29 Jan 2004

  19. Lamarck and Natural Selection

    Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.

    First broadcast: 26 Dec 2003

  20. The Alphabet

    Melvyn Bragg investigates how sounds turned into signs and signs became the alphabet.

    First broadcast: 18 Dec 2003

  21. The Devil

    Melvyn Bragg examines how the Devil became an established figure in Christianity.

    First broadcast: 11 Dec 2003

  22. Wittgenstein

    The life, work and legacy of the 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

    First broadcast: 04 Dec 2003

  23. St Bartholomew's Day Massacre

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the infamous St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572.

    First broadcast: 27 Nov 2003

  24. Ageing the Earth

    Melvyn Bragg examines the age of the Earth and its division into four great Eons.

    First broadcast: 20 Nov 2003

  25. Duty

    Melvyn Bragg examines duty, a concept that has excited philosophers through history.

    First broadcast: 13 Nov 2003

  26. Sensation

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the novels of sensation, a Victorian literary phenomenon.

    First broadcast: 06 Nov 2003

  27. Robin Hood

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the centuries old myth of the most romantic noble outlaw.

    First broadcast: 30 Oct 2003

  28. Infinity

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the nature and existence of mathematical infinity.

    First broadcast: 23 Oct 2003

  29. The Schism

    Melvyn Bragg examines events surrounding the medieval division of the Christian Church.

    First broadcast: 16 Oct 2003

  30. Bohemianism

    Melvyn Bragg examines the 19th century Parisian philosophy of life lived for art.

    First broadcast: 09 Oct 2003

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