The Essay Episode guide
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
Series in which writers discuss how new technology has changed student travel forever
Series exploring key developments in the history of money
Jane Shaw on a renewed interest in mysticism from the late 19th to the early 20th century.
Thomas Lynch, a poet, essayist and funeral director, discusses his favourite poets
Writer Lou Stein explores the connections between being a father and artistic creativity
Series of new dramas updating stories from the Old Testament to contemporary settings
People working in the arts discuss important influences on their careers
Ken Hollings discusses the history, power and revolutionary change of information networks
Writers, academics and journalists discuss the books that inspired them in their careers
Series in which writers, composers and poets explore how ageing affects creative artists
Critic James Wood explores aspects of novelistic technique through a fictional character
Writers discuss a team photo from their past and consider when one is captured in a group.
Series about relationships that different peoples of the world have with their mountains
Poet and writer Ruth Padel explores our reactions to five British wild animals