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1/5 Critic Tom Sutcliffe argues that opera's intimacy lies at the core of its effectiveness.
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5/5 Jonathan Sawday on how the contract became so pervasive in Restoration society.
4/5 Jonathan Sawday on the rise of architects as authority figures in Restoration Britain.
3/5 Jonathan Sawday on the impact of Charles II's Restoration on science.
2/5 Jonathan Sawday explores the return of the King's 'healing touch'.
1/5 Jonathan Sawday presents the first of five portraits of Restoration Britain.
5/5 Programme about Mary Robinson's January 1795 and Elizabeth Daryush's Children of Wealth.
4/5 Christopher Ricks on two poems: Marvell's A Dialogue and Cosmo Monkhouse's Any Soul.
3/5 Christopher Ricks on two poems: John Clare's I Found and TS Eliot's Morning at the Window.
2/5 Christopher Ricks on two poems: Blake's Hail Matrimony and Swinburne's A Leave-Taking.
1/5 Christoper Ricks discusses Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and Frances Cornford's poem Childhood.
5/5 Michael Goldfarb visits Rachel Whiteread's Holocaust memorial in Vienna. (R)
4/5 Michael Goldfarb visits Frankfurt to learn about writers Ludwig Boerne and Heinrich Heine. (R)
3/5 Michael Goldfarb learns about Gabriel Riesser, who was the first Jewish judge in Germany. (R)
2/5 Michael Goldfarb travels to Berlin and retraces the steps of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (R)
1/5 Michael Goldfarb visits Amsterdam to learn more about the philosopher Spinoza. (R)
5/5 Writer Maureen Freely on the great feeling of melancholy that enveloped 1960s Istanbul.
4/5 Turkish author Moris Farhi on the mythical past of Istanbul through childhood memories.
3/5 Writer Jason Goodwin on 19th-century Istanbul as the inspiration for his own fiction.
2/5 Turkish author Elif Shafak casts a writer's eye over Istanbul and its many identities.
1/5 Mary Beard casts a classicist's eye over Istanbul under the Roman Emperor Constantine.