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Melvyn Bragg examines the origins of the most cherished form of government in the world.
The culture, history and legacy of the eastern Byzantine Empire.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the origins of the Earth.
Melvyn Bragg and guests examine the 20th century philosophy of existentialism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Sonnet, the most enduring form in the poet’s armoury.
The impact and legacy of the French Revolution on European culture and politics.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the notion of evil in western philosophy.
Melvyn Bragg examines the movement that embraced Joyce, DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.
Melvyn Bragg considers whether the events of 1688 were really glorious or revolutionary.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Black Holes, the ghosts of massive stars.
The causes and events of the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century.
Melvyn Bragg examines the western understanding of the Philosophy of Love since Plato.
The significance of fossils in history and the impact of techniques in understanding them.
Melvyn Bragg and guests consider the enigma of the life of William Shakespeare
Melvyn Bragg examines whether economic factors really are behind all historical events.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the 20th century attempts to understand the Quantum world.
Melvyn Bragg looks at the reign of Charles II and the consequences of the Restoration.
The history and legacy of classical Humanism, invented by Cicero.
Melvyn Bragg examines whether agriculture or trade drove 19th century British imperialism.
Melvyn Bragg explores the areas of conflict and agreement between science and religion.
Melvyn Bragg examines the role of British thinkers in the 18th century Enlightenment.
Melvyn Bragg examines whether mathematics is a process of invention or of discovery.
Melvyn Bragg examines the origins and significance of the 18th century Gothic movement.
The history of the philosophy that claims that truths are illusory.
Melvyn Bragg assesses the role of Freudian analysis in understanding literature.
Melvyn Bragg explores the basis and context for the ideas of Evolutionary Psychology.
Melvyn Bragg looks at the re-shaping of England as a modern state by the Tudor dynasty.
Melvyn Bragg considers whether what is true in physics is true in all areas of existence.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideals, exponents and legacy of Romanticism.