In the town of Amiens tyre manufacturers Goodyear and Dunlop face very different fates
BBC World Service
2/3 Frances studies Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad song settings and orchestral rhapsody.
BBC Radio 4
Michael Portillo talks to a number of historians about the turmoil of the pre-war years.
It's 50 years since Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova went into orbit.
Michael explores the tensions that existed before 1914 between the Empire and its colonies
In June 1979 an American TV reporter was shot dead by government forces in Nicaragua
Michael examines the Tories of the day, who appeared to be dicing with political death.
It is 40 years since the opening of a comedy musical which would become a cult phenomenon
Are taxpayers getting value for money when cash strapped councils sell off their assets?
Michael Portillo explores the pre-war attitudes to poverty, both in town and country.