Andrew Collins tells the story of Alan Smithee, prolific film director who never existed.
BBC Radio 4
Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere
Radio 3's Tom Service explores the overlap between classical and alternative music.
BBC Radio 6 Music
Comedy series exploring the fascinating subject of human evolution
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Contemporary drama in a rural setting
The week's events in Ambridge
A look back at programmes and recordings from the BBC archives
A look back through BBC Radio Ulster's archives
BBC Radio Ulster
The life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.
Bob Dickinson visits a new festival of contemporary art in a nuclear bunker in Bosnia.
Russell Davies interviews A-list legends of music, art, comedy and film
BBC Radio 2
Richard Coles on the inspiration to artists of darkness and the Northern lights in Norway.
Author Rosie Dastgir explores how home and roots shape an artist's work and creativity.
Will Gompertz examines objects in the Royal Collection that define the British monarchy.
Peter Day salutes the graphic artists whose canvas was Radio Times, 90 years old this week
Guy Garvey on the challenge of turning a collection of songs into a single piece of art.
Stephen Evans goes deep into the Milky Way to look at the phenomenon of StarCraft.
Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's chief of staff, asks what makes a great foreign minister.
Composer Matthew Herbert takes a critical look at looping and sampling in modern music.
Ben Schott examines the graphic and gastronomic tricks of the menu.
Will Gompertz investigates the artworks kept in our homes.
Laurie Taylor investigates the pain and pleasure of UK public address announcements.
Author Patrick Leigh Fermor on walking through Europe in the 1930s.
Do dyslexia or dyspraxia affect the way you draw? Chris Ledgard investigates.
Midge Ure investigates water's role as a constantly flowing source of musical inspiration.
Arthur Askey welcomes Richard 'Stinker' Murdoch, Vic Damone, Lee Wilson and Bucks Fizz.
Music, TV, books, film and the arts – everything that's new in global culture
BBC World Service
Marie-Louise Muir covers film, television, music, books and the visual arts.
Live cricket commentary on The Ashes series between England and Australia, plus features
BBC Radio 5 live
Zaiba Malik on the Asian youth movements in the 1970s who fought for justice and equality.
Matthew Sweet meets the people who create a whole new cinematic world.
The moving stories of the women who have relationships with gang members.
Tim Boon tells the story of Percy Smith, a pioneer in the art of the natural history film.
Will an explosion in financial services aimed at the world's poorest help, or hurt, them?
An insightful, humorous piece of reportage from inside the barber shop.
Dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's witty stories set in the fictional town of Barchester
How historic house owners are struggling to balance the books and keep their estate going.
Vic Galloway takes a tour of iconic Glasgow venue the Barrowland Ballroom.
BBC Radio Scotland
A year after the fall of President Mubarak of Egypt, what happened to the revolution?
Alvin Hall on the controversial attempts to sell the Detroit Institute of Arts collection.
Tom showcases the best new online tunes from upcoming artists.
Dean Jackson and the team with new music and more for your Saturday night.
BBC Local Radio
How a down-at-heel Parisian hotel became the world's avant-garde headquarters.
Laura Barton travels to New York to meet the women of the Beat Generation.
Featuring the many Beatles songs and interviews recorded at the BBC during the 60s.
Jim Al-Khalili and fellow physicists explain why they think equations are beautiful.
William Hanson explores why there is such a demand for British etiquette around the world.
Mal replays this week's programme highlights and delves into the BBC Wales archives
BBC Radio Wales
Gideon Coe plays the best rock 'n' roll songs about rock 'n' roll as chosen by listeners.
A look at the life and work of Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star in Bollywood.
Songs and sketches from stand-up Boothby Graffoe and others
Paul Stainton gets the county talking with the biggest stories of the day.
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
Join Gordon Brewer, his guests and audience for a lively topical debate on the big issues.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire brings you a review of the latest blockbuster movies.
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
El Sistema's music changed lives in Venezuela. Can it work for deprived kids in Scotland?
Michael Duncan and Leighton Flaws discuss local, national and international football.
Comedian Janey Godley celebrates the career of her hero, Billy Connolly.
Dr Lucie Green reports on plans for a radio telescope the size of a continent.
Exploring the audio archive found in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Afghanistan.
Sarah Angliss uncovers the fascinating story of how we tried to teach the birds to sing.
Dr Laura Ashe reveals how our ideas of romantic love were born in 12th-century literature.
James Jones explores the moral dimensions of the economic crisis
The bishop of Liverpool talks to prisoners, politicians and pundits about the penal system
Award winning satirical panel show
Who were the women who worked at Bletchley? What did they do? What became of them?
Exploring the lives of white women married to local Indian men who have made India home.
The story of one of the most controversial documents in US diplomatic history.
Hashi Mohamed follows the trail of of unaccompanied child migrants arriving in Europe.
How the most gruelling fell race is inspiring a composer to write a new piece of music.
Bob Dickinson talks to performance artists who have used their own bodies for art.
Maureen Lipman takes a vada at Took and Feldman's fantabulosa omi-polones.
Lucy Fleming embarks upon a quest to discover more about her mysterious uncle Ian.
Radio Shetland's books programme
The surreal adventures of zookeepers Howard and Vince who work at Bob Fossil's Funworld
Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show
Evan Davis chairs a discussion providing insight into business from the people at the top.
Francis Pryor meets Stuart Wilson, who bought the land covering a lost medieval Welsh town
An audio portrait exploring the lives and ideas of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley.
The best way to wake up, with London's news, travel, entertainment and guests.
BBC Radio London
Jack Dee narrates the story of Gerard Hoffnung's classic tale, The Bricklayer's Lament.
The Transporter Bridge on Teesside is 100 years old, but will it survive another 100?
Comedy series in which, each week, Marcus Brigstocke is put in charge of a 'big thing'.
Paul Sinha finds some British Asians believe caste discrimination is alive and well in UK.
Why many thousands of former British army soldiers have settled in Germany.
His home's Bronze Age legacy and nearby Jodrell Bank inspire author Alan Garner to write.
Two brothers start a website-design company. Stars Adam Godley and Raymond Coulthard
Julia Blackburn meets writers whose private papers reside in Leeds University Library.
Katie Grant visits a summer camp aimed at mixed-race families.
Steve Richards tells the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister
Jo Whiley explores Bryan Ferry's career.
Nick Rankin explores the literary legacy of the writer John Buchan.
Classic sketch comedy from the 1970s
Lord Digby Jones explores the relationship between business, government and society.
Film critic Mark Kermode reveals the economic realities behind the film industry.
Adam Rutherford investigates what a DNA test can and cannot tell us about our ancestry.
Amanda Roocroft explores the impact of Madame Butterfly in performance and popular culture