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The Essay Episode guide

  1. Five Easy Pieces

    Series in which Christopher Ricks explores short poems he considers are worth remembering

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  2. Postcards from Istanbul

    Five writers and intellectuals give their views on Istanbul, Turkey's largest city

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  3. Running the World

    Geographer Hayden Lorimer discusses his obsession with running

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  4. Mentors

    Writers reflect on the role of inspirational mentor figures in their artistic development.

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  5. Karachi Postcards

    London-based novelist Kamila Shamsie decides to explore Karachi, her city of birth

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  6. Land and Sea and Sky

    Artists living on the UK coast on the personal and cultural importance of being there

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  7. Chopin

    Pianist Piers Lane explores aspects of Fryderyk Chopin's life and work

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  8. Germany Dreaming

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

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  9. Chekhov Essays

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

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  10. The Path and the Poem

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

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  11. The World Turned Upside Down

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

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  12. A Five-Day Journey

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

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  13. North East Free Thinkers

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

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  14. When Writers Play (Series 2)

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

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  15. Enlightenment Voices

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

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  16. The Scientist and the Romantic

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

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  17. Johnson Now

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

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  18. Secret Places in the Four Quartets

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

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  19. My Son the Fiddler

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

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  20. Tennyson 200

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

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  21. Haydn Essays

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

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  22. Postcards

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

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  23. Strange Encounters - Series 2

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

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  24. Antony Gormley's Seminal Sculpture

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

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  25. Looking for Ghosts

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

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  26. Tomorrow is Today

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

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  27. A Cretan Spring

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

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  28. A Laureate's Life

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

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  29. Henry, King of Kings

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

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  30. The Great and Good Mr Handel

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

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