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  1. Shakespeare and Love

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

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  2. Bram Stoker

    Series examining the life and work of Irish novelist Bram Stoker

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  3. The Case for Doubt

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

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  4. Listener, They Won It

    Writers explore how sports have been captured in the arts

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  5. Wild Things II

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

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  6. 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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  7. On Directing

    Series in which film and theatre directors reflect on their craft

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  8. Happily Ever After

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

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  9. Tagore and the Bengali Sensibility

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

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  10. The Sound and the Fury

    Author and journalist Andrew Martin discusses noises that annoy us

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  11. British War Films of the 50s

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

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  12. The Writer's Dickens

    Contemporary novelists examine the craft of Charles Dickens's prose

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  13. The Antarcticans

    Series about living and working in the Antarctic

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  14. Looking and Looking Away

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

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  15. Earth Music Bristol

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

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  16. What Is History, Today?

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

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. The Darkest Hour

    Series on sleeplessness and the creative life

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  20. Aspects of Grainger

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

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  21. Golding Remembered

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

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  22. The Other Empire

    Julian Jackson tells the story of France's imperial past

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  23. The Music Appreciation Movement

    Musicologist Richard Witts describes the development of Music Appreciation

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  24. Dark Arcadias

    Series exploring the history of an idea

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  25. InterRail Postcards

    Series in which writers discuss how new technology has changed student travel forever

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  26. It Talks

    Series exploring key developments in the history of money

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  27. The Mystical Turn

    Jane Shaw on a renewed interest in mysticism from the late 19th to the early 20th century.

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  28. The Feast of Language

    Thomas Lynch, a poet, essayist and funeral director, discusses his favourite poets

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  29. The Essay: The Father Instinct

    Writer Lou Stein explores the connections between being a father and artistic creativity

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  30. New Mystery Plays

    Series of new dramas updating stories from the Old Testament to contemporary settings

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