Fabio Zanon on how Brazilian composer Carlos Gomes conquered La Scala in the 19th century.
Sarah Dillon recounts James Joyce's epic struggle to publish his first book, Dubliners.
Sarah Dillon discovers how Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion, was written.
Michael Goldfarb tells the story of Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
Matthew Sweet looks back at the life and career of playwright Arnold Wesker.
Mary King explores how advances in our knowledge of anatomy are changing the way we sing.
Laura Barton explores the silences and intimacies of Shakespeare's plays.
How Shakespeare's First Folio helped make a national poet and an international star.
The story of the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin, using BBC archive material.
Corin Throsby explores the cultural and social impact of 1816's extreme weather.