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The Essay Episode guide

  1. Head in the Clouds

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

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  2. Pinter's Voices

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

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  3. Darwin's Children

    Writers examine some of the various fields in which Darwin's theories have been used

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  4. The Elephant in the Poetry Reading

    Scottish poets describe how they view their own writing in relation to Robert Burns's

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  5. Loving the Raven

    Series in which enthusiasts explore the enduring legacy and cult status of Edgar Allan Poe

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  6. The Utopian Dream - and its Disappointments

    Dr Jane Shaw explores why human beings persist in trying to build utopias

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  7. John Milton, the Essayist

    Series in which various writers and intellectuals respond to essays by John Milton

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  8. Under the Influence

    Series in which contemporary poets write about others whose work has influenced their own

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  9. Freedom

    Series in which five writers consider the meaning of freedom to them

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  10. The Lives of Others

    Anthropologists discuss the status of their discipline, its responsibilities and practices

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  11. Emotional Landscapes

    Five leading writers interpret a particular emotion

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  12. New Generation Thinkers

    Series of essays read by some of the BBC's New Generation Thinkers

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  13. Night Walks

    Writers walk after dark and report on what they see, feel and think about their travels

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  14. From Pens to Ploughshares

    Series on the Arts and Crafts Movement, which made beautiful objects for basic human needs

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  15. Naturalists: Animals and Human Nature

    Biographies of contemporary animal lovers and the creatures and landscapes they championed

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  16. Richard Cork's Great Encounters

    Art critic Richard Cork describes his encounters with artists from around the world

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  17. The Monumental Imperative

    Sculptor Alexander Stoddart reveals the art and work behind works that inspire him

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  18. On Excess

    Psychotherapist Adam Phillips considers what part aspects of excess play in our lives

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  19. It's Big and It's Beautiful

    ...Beautiful. Christine Finn uncovers the appeal of large and redundant technology

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  20. Under the Influence

    Contemporary poets talk about poets whose work has influenced their own

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  21. Vaughan Williams in the BBC Archives

    Series of radio talks for the BBC given by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his later years

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  22. Life But Not As We Know It

    A biologist, a writer and a philosopher each explore the notion of alien intelligence

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  23. The Future's Not What it Used to Be

    ...it used to Be. Exploring literary visions of utopia, asking where it all went wrong

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  24. Elgar's 150th Anniversary

    Commentators reflect on Elgar in his time and after, exploring his complex personality

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  25. When Writers Play

    Three writers are invited to describe their alternative talents as musicians

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  26. Greek and Latin Voices (Virgil)

    Series on the enduring influence of the Roman poet Virgil

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  27. Greek and Latin Voices (Plato)

    Chris Pelling introduces the life, work and teaching method of the Greek philosopher Plato

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  28. Doctoring Philosophy

    Jonathan Wolff explores the philosophical beliefs at the heart of the NHS

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  29. Nature in China

    Series in which writer Robert Macfarlane goes in search of what remains of wild China

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  30. English Takeaway

    Series exploring British perspectives of China

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