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  1. In Praise of the Midlands

    Five writers explore the distinctive history and culture of the English Midland

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  2. The Retreating Roar

    Journalist Madeleine Bunting explores the impact of the decline of Christianity in Britain

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  3. Furniture - A Personal History of Movable Objects

    Novelist and academic Ian Sansom explores the history and symbolism of furniture

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  4. Springwalks

    Series in which writers recall their observations on walks in early spring

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  5. Finish the Bottle

    Art historian Martin Gayford tells stories of encounters he has had with renowned artists.

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  6. Secret Admirers

    Radio 3 classical music presenters celebrate lesser-known composers

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  7. Commonwealth Questions

    Writers around the Commonwealth scrutinise the destiny of this unique international body

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  8. Forgiveness

    Series in which people discuss what forgiveness is, what it is not and how to practise it.

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  9. Cornerstones

    Writers and artists reflect on the way their bedrock geology, their cornerstones

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  10. England Ejects

    Andrew Martin on rituals and attitudes that no longer seem so vital in the modern world

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  11. The Book that Changed Me

    Series in which five people discuss the books that inspired them in their chosen careers

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  12. Letters to a Young Poet

    Five leading poets write personal letters to a young poet

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  13. Music on the Brink

    Perspectives on the capital cities of European powers involved in World War One

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  14. Let There Be Dark

    Technology journalist Rupert Goodwins reflects on what it means to lose one's sight

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  15. The Islamic Golden Age

    Series rediscovering some of the key thinkers and achievements from the Islamic Golden Age

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  16. The Existential Me

    Series in which people discuss the impact of existentialism on their work and lives

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  17. Autumn 1973

    Author and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb looks back to the dramatic events of autumn 1973

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  18. If Walls Could Talk

    Series in which leading writers reflect on the culture of the city of Derry-Londonderry

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  19. Sound of Cinema: You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet

    Series in which people discuss aspects of film soundtracks

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  20. Praising Powell and Pressburger

    An exploration of films made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

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  21. Heffer on British Film

    Simon Heffer discusses British taboo-breaking films of the post-war period

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  22. Portraits of Capa

    A selection of people choose their favourite picture by photojournalist Robert Capa

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  23. A Taste of Summer in America

    Series in which five US authors describe the foods they associate with long, hot summers

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  24. Life in Fragments: Stories from the Cairo Genizah

    Series about the Cairo Genizah, a collection of documents from the synagogue in Old Cairo

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  25. Wagner's Philosophers

    Series exploring the philosophical influences on Wagner

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  26. Living Abroad

    Frederic Raphael reads essays about his time living abroad across Europe since the 1940s

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  27. Unknown Cities

    Series in which five writers recall a favourite city that is off the beaten track

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  28. A Taste for the Baroque

    Series in which writers discuss aspects of the Baroque

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  29. Explaining the Explicit

    Series in which writers considers the motivations for and challenges in writing about sex

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  30. Winterwalks

    Writers' observations while walking in a landscape that had been transformed by the cold

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