2/3 Richard Coles on temptation and the practical challenges of sin in the contemporary world.
1/3 The Rev Richard Coles explores what is meant by sin and its origins.
Will Self rebroadcasts an imaginary archive of modernist radio.
Thomas Dixon explores the history of weeping as an aesthetic response to works of art.
Alexandra Harris presents a cultural history of the cold from the Anglo-Saxons to today.
Roger Parker explores Verdi's status as an Italian national figure.
Matthew Sweet uncovers the extraordinary career of Alex Comfort, author of The Joy of Sex.
Exploring unexpected literary influences on Byron, Tennessee Williams and Virginia Woolf.
3/3 Simon Bainbridge explores how Napoleon shaped poetry in Britain, especially the Romantics.
2/3 Andy Martin on how Stendahl followed Napoleon across Europe in 1812 and changed fiction.