The Essay Episode guide
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
Five actors give their thoughts on what it means to be a member of their profession
David Hendy examines the ways in which the electronic media have shaped the modern mind
Series revealing different aspects of Robert Schumann's life and work
Series in which people linked with the world of opera describe their relationship to it
Jonathan Sawday paints a picture of Restoration Britain, exploring politics and science
Series in which Christopher Ricks explores short poems he considers are worth remembering
Five writers and intellectuals give their views on Istanbul, Turkey's largest city
Geographer Hayden Lorimer discusses his obsession with running
Writers reflect on the role of inspirational mentor figures in their artistic development.
London-based novelist Kamila Shamsie decides to explore Karachi, her city of birth
Artists living on the UK coast on the personal and cultural importance of being there
Pianist Piers Lane explores aspects of Fryderyk Chopin's life and work