The Essay Episode guide
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
Writers explore the meaning of clothes and accessories in a particular work of art
Series of essays on the life and work of French philosopher and writer Michel de Montaigne
Series in which academics discuss the Virgin Mary within and outside of Christianity
Series exploring the history and importance of chess around the world
Series in which people explain their passion for Tolstoy's works and the Russia he evokes.
Series recorded in front of an audience at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival 2010
Architect Sunand Prasad discusses the importance to us of buildings
Writers, scientists and environmental campaigners trace the roots of the green movement
Writers and historians discuss different aspects of the Stewart dynasty and their rule
Thinkers, artists and writers ask themselves how they relate to their own bodies
Simon Heffer considers 1940s British films in terms of their social and political message.
Series in which Sunil Khilnani discusses Gandhi's first major work, Hind Swaraj
John Gash reflects on the innovative style and tempestuous life of the Milanese painter
Frederic Raphael explores the theme of couples throughout culture and society