The Essay Episode guide
Writers examine how an item of clothing or an accessory figures memorably in a work of art
Richard Mabey tells the story of a lifetime of weather
Series considering how five real-life scientists have been portrayed in culture
Series exploring why 1913 was an annus mirabilis for French and European culture
New Testament stories revisited and set in present-day pre-Christmas London
Fiona Stafford explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of trees
Series in which five people explore how aspects relating to Napoleon have affected them
Series focusing on different aspects of the subject of poverty as part of a BBC season
Leading American writers write about the cultural history of their favourite comfort food.
Four personal responses to Michelangelo's Genesis paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
Portraits of ground-breaking Anglo-Saxon men and women from the era between 550 and 1066AD
Talks about artistic insprations delivered by artists based in Scotland
Series of reflections on what has been called 'liquid modernity'
Series of programmes focusing on the piano
Key figures in the world of environmentalism consider important writing on the subject
Series in which five authors choose a word to suggest sporting endeavour
South African lawyer Albie Sachs discusses the work of his country's Constitutional Court.
Michael Goldfarb considers the definition of the 'nation' for the globalised 21st century.
Writers from around the world explain the importance of Shakespeare in their own countries
Series exploring five paintings hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London
Series about Edward Lear's poetry and art, and the influence of 'nonsense' on modern life
Exploring Shakespeare's relationship to love and how his work affects perceptions of love.
Series examining the life and work of Irish novelist Bram Stoker
Series in which people discuss the idea that doubt is more useful than fixed beliefs
Writers explore how sports have been captured in the arts
Series in which poet and writer Ruth Padel explores our reactions to native wild animals
Series of essays exploring the meaning of the male nude in the visual arts
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Series in which film and theatre directors reflect on their craft
Contemporary children's authors and editors each explore a fictional family in literature.
Amit Chaudhuri explores the work and influence of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore