The Essay Episode guide
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
Author and journalist Andrew Martin discusses noises that annoy us
Historian and writer Simon Heffer celebrates British military films made in the 1950s
Contemporary novelists examine the craft of Charles Dickens's prose
Series about living and working in the Antarctic
Reflections on various aspects of the life, work and influence of German writer WG Sebald.
Series of essays inspired by the musical content of the first Earth Music Bristol festival
Series marking the anniversary of the publication in 1961 of EH Carr's What Is History?
Jenny Uglow on the less lovely aspects of the British character that blossom in the garden
Series on the history of confessions, which link the legal world of Cicero to our own
Series on sleeplessness and the creative life
Series of programmes devoted to the life and work of composer and pianist Percy Grainger
Series exploring different aspects of novelist William Golding's life and work
Julian Jackson tells the story of France's imperial past
Musicologist Richard Witts describes the development of Music Appreciation
Series exploring the history of an idea