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  1. A Sporting Lexicon

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

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  2. Strange Justice

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

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  3. What Is a Nation?

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

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  4. Shakespeare Around the Globe

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

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  5. Here's Looking at Me

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

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  6. How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

    Series about Edward Lear's poetry and art, and the influence of 'nonsense' on modern life

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  7. Shakespeare and Love

    Exploring Shakespeare's relationship to love and how his work affects perceptions of love.

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  8. Bram Stoker

    Series examining the life and work of Irish novelist Bram Stoker

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  9. The Case for Doubt

    Series in which people discuss the idea that doubt is more useful than fixed beliefs

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  10. Listener, They Won It

    Writers explore how sports have been captured in the arts

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  11. Wild Things II

    Series in which poet and writer Ruth Padel explores our reactions to native wild animals

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  12. An Informal History of the Male Nude

    Series of essays exploring the meaning of the male nude in the visual arts

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  13. On Directing

    Series in which film and theatre directors reflect on their craft

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  14. Happily Ever After

    Contemporary children's authors and editors each explore a fictional family in literature.

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  15. Tagore and the Bengali Sensibility

    Amit Chaudhuri explores the work and influence of Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore

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  16. The Sound and the Fury

    Author and journalist Andrew Martin discusses noises that annoy us

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  17. British War Films of the 50s

    Historian and writer Simon Heffer celebrates British military films made in the 1950s

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  18. The Writer's Dickens

    Contemporary novelists examine the craft of Charles Dickens's prose

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  19. The Antarcticans

    Series about living and working in the Antarctic

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  20. Looking and Looking Away

    Reflections on various aspects of the life, work and influence of German writer WG Sebald.

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  21. Earth Music Bristol

    Series of essays inspired by the musical content of the first Earth Music Bristol festival

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  22. What Is History, Today?

    Series marking the anniversary of the publication in 1961 of EH Carr's What Is History?

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  23. A Dark History of British Gardening

    Jenny Uglow on the less lovely aspects of the British character that blossom in the garden

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  24. I Confess: The Power of the Confession

    Series on the history of confessions, which link the legal world of Cicero to our own

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  25. The Darkest Hour

    Series on sleeplessness and the creative life

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  26. Aspects of Grainger

    Series of programmes devoted to the life and work of composer and pianist Percy Grainger

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  27. Golding Remembered

    Series exploring different aspects of novelist William Golding's life and work

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  28. The Other Empire

    Julian Jackson tells the story of France's imperial past

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  29. The Music Appreciation Movement

    Musicologist Richard Witts describes the development of Music Appreciation

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  30. Dark Arcadias

    Series exploring the history of an idea

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