Factual: Arts, Culture & the Media A to Z
- Our Language in Your Hands
Linguist Mark Turin explores the fate of the world's endangered languages
- Paddling with Peter Duck
John McCarthy explores the life of Arthur Ransome through the boats he once owned.
- Page to Performance
Tracing the histories of some of the most passionate pieces of music ever written
- Picturing Britain
Adil Ray looks at life through the lens of contemporary photographers
- Poetry Please
Selections of poetry on various themes chosen by listeners and presented by Roger McGough.
- Post Hackgate: Journalism at the Crossroads
John Lloyd of the FT on the future of journalism after the phone hacking scandal.
- Radio Wales Arts Show
Reviews, reports and analysis in a weekly round-up of Wales's thriving arts scene
- Random Edition
History series investigating stories taken from archive newspapers
- Reader's Digest: Trouble in Pleasantville
John Waite asks why one of the world's most successful publishers has hit hard times.
- Reading between the Lines
Michael Morpurgo on the changing experience of learning to read over the last 70 years
- Repainting Giverny
Irma Kurtz travels to Monet's Giverny garden to hear how losing his sight changed his work
- Roger Law and the Chinese Curiosities
Roger Law takes a tour of the new world of Chinese museums
- Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2013
Andrew McGregor presents coverage of the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards.
- Rupert Bear and Me
Mark Radcliffe explores the continued success and appeal of the little white bear.
- Saturday Magazine
John Toal looks at health, relationships, hobbies & family alongside great music & chat.
- Saturday Review
Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events, with Tom Sutcliffe and guests
- Scientists Go To Hollywood
Adam Rutherford talks to the scientific advisors behind some well-known films and TV shows
- Secret Britain
Series examining the role of state secrecy in Britain
- Shakespeare's Restless World
Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories twenty objects tell us about Shakespeare's world.
Kate Williams explores the history and development of the modern winning smile.
- Soft Power Hard News
How the power of the news media is used as a global government tool for influence
- Sound Architecture: The Spaces That Speak
Science broadcaster Professor Trevor Cox explores the science of aural architecture.
- Stage to Screen
Series exploring how stage works have been adapted for the cinema
- Start the Week
Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday
Celfyddyd a thrafodaeth. Arts discussion programme
- Strand Extra
A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.
- Stuart: A Face Backwards
Mark Burman strips away the layers of Stuart Freeborn's remarkable life in movie make-up.
- Symphony Question Time
Revealing everything listeners ever wanted to know about the symphony
- Taboo be Doo
Terence Blacker explores politically incorrect music over the last century
- Taking Tea with Tyrants
Lyse Doucet asks diplomats and politicians how we should engage with brutal regimes.
- Tales from the Digital Archive
Christine Finn explores how authors' archive is kept, now they write on screens not paper.
- Talking Books
Razia Iqbal talks to a series of well-known authors from Britain and around the world.
- Tarzan: Lord of the Jungle
How Tarzan has enjoyed a hundred years swinging through the jungle of popular culture.
- The 12 Inch Single
Paul Morley on the 7-inch single's grand relative - the 12-inch - and its peak in the 80s.
- The Alias Men
Andrew Collins tells the story of Alan Smithee, prolific film director who never existed.
- The Art Bunker
Bob Dickinson visits a new festival of contemporary art in a nuclear bunker in Bosnia.
- The Art of Darkness
Richard Coles on the inspiration to artists of darkness and the Northern lights in Norway.
- The Art of Monarchy
Will Gompertz examines objects in the Royal Collection that define the British monarchy.
- The Art of Water Music
Midge Ure investigates water's role as a constantly flowing source of musical inspiration.
- The Arts Hour
Music, TV, books, film and the arts – everything that's new in global culture
- The Barbershop
An insightful, humorous piece of reportage from inside the barber shop.
- The Big B at 70
A look at the life and work of Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star in Bollywood.
- The Bob Graham Round
How the most gruelling fell race is inspiring a composer to write a new piece of music.
- The Book Programme
William Crawley brings you literary news, reviews, previews, interviews, features and chat
- The British Germans
Why many thousands of former British army soldiers have settled in Germany.
- The Brotherton Archive and Me
Julia Blackburn meets writers whose private papers reside in Leeds University Library.
- The Chalet School
The crime writer Val McDermid on how boarding school novels inspired her to be a writer.
- The Chaplin Archive
Exploring the vast archive of Chaplin's unfinished scripts, letters and press cuttings
- The Chinese Nureyev
Li Cunxin, Madame Mao's favourite dancer, tells Darcey Bussell about his amazing journey.
- The Cultural Exchange
Mark Lawson and guests debate what now shapes our cultural choices - critics or clicks?
- The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth
Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.
- The Dali Christ
The Dali Christ is Scotland's favourite painting. Louise Welsh finds out why.
- The Doctor and Douglas
As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever: Douglas Adams.
- The Essay
Series of arts programmes
- The Film Programme
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights
- The First LP in Ireland
The extraordinary story of how classic Irish folk songs were saved from extinction.
- The Foghorn: A Celebration
Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.
- The Forum
Bridget Kendall chairs The Forum, a place where guests discuss and challenge big ideas.
- The Frock and the Church
Women bishops? Will the Church of England approve them and can it cope with the fallout?
- The Honest Musician's Fear of Accidental Plagiarism
What happens when a songwriter accidentally copies someone else's song?
- The Ice Cream Van Cometh
Jim Carey celebrates the ice cream van with enthusiasts Francis Rossi and Johnny Vegas.
- The John Tusa Interviews
John Tusa discusses the creative process with major practitioners in the arts.
- The Ladies' Man of Opera
The surprising and touching story of how Richard Strauss' marriage inspired his music.
- The Leonardo Detectives
Art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston, explores the mysterious world of art attribution.
- The Library Returns
Jonathan Glancey argues that amid closures, the public library is also being reinvented.
- The London Chronicles
The sounds of the historic and influential city, through its music, life, noise and people
- The Man with Many Names
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
- The Media Show
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
- The Movie That Changed My Life
Well-known figures review their favourite movie with the assistance of expert contributors
- The Music That Melted
Under a full moon and the Northern Lights, Richard Coles hears the Ice Music of Norway.
- The Mystery of the Holy Thorn
Who cut down Glastonbury's 'holy thorn' tree? And why did it matter to so many people?
- The Mystery of The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Frances Fyfield explores the manuscript of Dickens's last and unfinished novel.
- The New Silk Road with Roger Law
Roger Law visits Yi Wu in China, fast becoming the biggest market place in the world.
- The New Two Cultures
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
- The Paper Round
Public figures revisit their paper round route and reveal how it influenced their lives
- The Poppy Factory
Stories from the Poppy Factory in Surrey, where poppies are made for Remembrance Sunday.
- The Print Master
Stanley Jones, legendary print maker, in the Curwen Studio with artist Susan Aldworth.
- The Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman
Looking at the latest books, films, plays and exhibitions
- The Rattigan Versions
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan from people who had a close connection to him
- The Reith Lectures
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
- The Reith Lectures
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series.
- The Road Home: Remaking Homer's Odyssey
Tom Holland explores the continuing appeal of Homer's Odyssey. Why should that be?
- The RSC at 50
James Naughtie follows the Royal Shakespeare Company as it celebrates its 50th birthday
- The Secret Catacombs of Paris
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.
- The Secret History of Social Networking
Rory Cellan-Jones traces its roots
- The Sleep Diaries
In a series mixing science with art, myth and poetry, Paul Farley explores sleep
- The Stationery Cupboard
Lucy Mangan explores our obsession with pens, paper and the paraphernalia of office life.
- The Strand Archive
Harriett Gilbert and friends present global arts, culture and entertainment.
- The Thing about Hank
Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Phil Manzanera and Cliff Richard on Hank Marvin.
- The Trouble with Kane
Series following a new approach tried as an alternative to custody for child offenders
- The Tudor Tarantino
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama.
- The Value of Culture
Melvyn Bragg explores the idea and evolution of culture
- The Verb
Radio 3's cabaret of the word...
- The Voice of God
Richard Coles on the various ways that the voice of God is depicted, and what this reveals
- The Walpole Chronicle
Eric Robson asks why the bestselling author Hugh Walpole has been forgotten.
- The Why Factor
Why do we do the things we do? Join Mike Williams in this new series.