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The Essay Episode guide

  1. Heffer on British Film

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

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  2. Portraits of Capa

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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Wagner's Philosophers

    Series exploring the philosophical influences on Wagner

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  6. Living Abroad

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

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  7. Unknown Cities

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

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  8. A Taste for the Baroque

    Series in which writers discuss aspects of the Baroque

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  9. Explaining the Explicit

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

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  10. Winterwalks

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

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  11. Listener, They Wore It

    Writers examine how an item of clothing or an accessory figures memorably in a work of art

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  12. Changing Climates

    Richard Mabey tells the story of a lifetime of weather

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  13. Five Portraits of Science

    Series considering how five real-life scientists have been portrayed in culture

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  14. Paris 1913

    Series exploring why 1913 was an annus mirabilis for French and European culture

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  15. A New Cycle of Mystery Plays

    New Testament stories revisited and set in present-day pre-Christmas London

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  16. The Meaning of Trees

    Fiona Stafford explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of trees

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  17. Napoleon and Me

    Series in which five people explore how aspects relating to Napoleon have affected them

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  18. Why Poverty?

    Series focusing on different aspects of the subject of poverty as part of a BBC season

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  19. TV Dinners to Roadside Diners

    Leading American writers write about the cultural history of their favourite comfort food.

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  20. Painting Genesis

    Four personal responses to Michelangelo's Genesis paintings in the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

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  21. Anglo-Saxon Portraits

    Portraits of ground-breaking Anglo-Saxon men and women from the era between 550 and 1066AD

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  22. Inspirations of Visual Art

    Talks about artistic insprations delivered by artists based in Scotland

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  23. At the Speed of Thought

    Series of reflections on what has been called 'liquid modernity'

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  24. The Piano in Five Pieces

    Series of programmes focusing on the piano

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  25. Beyond 'Silent Spring'

    Key figures in the world of environmentalism consider important writing on the subject

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  26. A Sporting Lexicon

    Series in which five authors choose a word to suggest sporting endeavour

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  27. Strange Justice

    South African lawyer Albie Sachs discusses the work of his country's Constitutional Court.

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  28. What Is a Nation?

    Michael Goldfarb considers the definition of the 'nation' for the globalised 21st century.

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  29. Shakespeare Around the Globe

    Writers from around the world explain the importance of Shakespeare in their own countries

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  30. Here's Looking at Me

    Series exploring five paintings hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in London

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