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The Essay Episode guide

  1. Germany Dreaming

    After a bizarre dream, author and critic Michael Bracewell explores all things German

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  2. Chekhov Essays

    Series exploring Anton Chekhov's legacy to today's theatre actors and writers

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  3. The Path and the Poem

    Poet and critic Andrew Motion considers the link between walking and writing

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  4. The World Turned Upside Down

    Writers former Warsaw Pact nations on the changing meaning of a seemingly banal object

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  5. A Five-Day Journey

    Robert Macfarlane walks along the South Downs, discovering its chalk paths and its ghosts.

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  6. North East Free Thinkers

    Series on the achievements of significant figures and institutions from the North East

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  7. When Writers Play (Series 2)

    Five writers describe their passions and possibly talents for playing a musical instrument

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  8. Enlightenment Voices

    Series introducing great scientists, thinkers and activists of the European Enlightenment

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  9. The Scientist and the Romantic

    Nature writer Richard Mabey on his relationship with science and the natural world

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  10. Johnson Now

    Writers from across the world reflect on the linguistic heritage of Samuel Johnson

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  11. Secret Places in the Four Quartets

    Poet Craig Raine investigates the mystical dimension of TS Eliot's Four Quartets

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  12. My Son the Fiddler

    Author Christopher Hope recalls watching his son Daniel become a renowned violinist

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  13. Tennyson 200

    Four contemporary British poets choose a Tennyson poem and explain its importance to them

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  14. Haydn Essays

    Series considering different aspects of Haydn's life, work and reputation

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  15. Postcards

    Susannah Clapp looks through the postcards she has received from writers and artists

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  16. Strange Encounters - Series 2

    Series in which scientists re-examine ground-breaking scientific experiments

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  17. Antony Gormley's Seminal Sculpture

    Artist Antony Gormley discusses key sculptures and art installations of the 20th century

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  18. Looking for Ghosts

    Michael Goldfarb searches for forgotten figures who were important to Jewish emancipation

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  19. Tomorrow is Today

    Series on the arts in Northern Ireland since the signing of 1998's Good Friday Agreement

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  20. A Cretan Spring

    Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven observe the arrival of spring as it travels across Crete

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  21. A Laureate's Life

    Series exploring laureateship around the world, coinciding with Andrew Motion's retirement

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  22. Henry, King of Kings

    Series detailing key aspects of Henry VIII's 38-year reign

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  23. The Great and Good Mr Handel

    ...Handel. Series exploring various areas of Handel's life and work

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  24. A Good Death

    Series of personal and very powerful essays in which writers ponder the art of dying

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  25. Work-Life Balance

    A chronological history of the so-called work-life balance, from the 18th Century to today

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  26. A Tribute to Mr Purcell

    Series on the life and music of composer and organist Henry Purcell

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  27. The Mews

    Poet, writer and falconer Helen Macdonald on rearing and training a female goshawk

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  28. William Hazlitt - Philosopher

    Series arguing that William Hazlitt was a committed philosopher and a great essayist

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  29. Head in the Clouds

    Series of essays on the role of clouds in art, architecture and the cultural imagination

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  30. Pinter's Voices

    Series of personal essays about the playwright Harold Pinter, who died in December 2008

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