5/5 Why the medieval monk the Venerable Bede is the great Free Thinker of the North East.
BBC Radio 3
4/5 Poet Sean O'Brien on Newcastle's Literary and Philosophical Society or Lit and Phil.
3/5 Henrietta Heald on the achievements of inventor and industrialist William Armstrong.
2/5 Kitty Fitzgerald on the life of Gertrude Bell, author of the 1921 map of modern Iraq.
1/5 Graeme Rigby discusses T Dan Smith, former leader of Newcastle City Council.
5/5 Robert Winston explores the events surrounding the theft of Haydn's head from his grave. (R)
4/5 Stephen Johnson reflects on Haydn's sense of humour. (R)
3/5 Richard Holmes explores Haydn's reaction to the ideas of the astronomer William Herschel. (R)
2/5 David Owen Norris explores Haydn's approach to working with more unusual instruments. (R)
1/5 David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury, discusses Haydn's view of the Almighty. (R)
5/5 Historian Niall Ferguson recalls his days as the double-bass player in a jazz quartet.
4/5 Jasper Rees on re-learning the French horn and playing live at the Royal Festival Hall.
3/5 Louise Doughty on how playing the piano later in life presented new challenges.
2/5 Novelist AL Kennedy describes the result of finding a neglected banjo in a shop in Glasgow
1/5 Novelist Patrick Gale recalls how he got to grips with the cello as a schoolboy.
5/5 James Campbell discusses Robert Hooke's activities after the Great Fire of London.
4/5 Lisa Jardine discusses how Robert Hooke's inventions were received in the 17th century.
3/5 Allan Chapman explores Robert Hooke's revolutionary ideas and methods.
2/5 Dr Felicity Henderson discusses Hooke's influence at the Royal Society.
1/5 Lisa Jardine on what Robert Hooke's diary says about Enlightenment scientists in general.
5/5 Professor Nicholas Cronk discusses Voltaire's legacy and his library.
4/5 Professor Simon Blackburn examines Voltaire's views on religion and belief.