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An insightful, humorous piece of reportage from inside the barber shop.
A look at the life and work of Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star in Bollywood.
Dr Laura Ashe reveals how our ideas of romantic love were born in 12th-century literature.
How the most gruelling fell race is inspiring a composer to write a new piece of music.
Why many thousands of former British army soldiers have settled in Germany.
Julia Blackburn meets writers whose private papers reside in Leeds University Library.
The crime writer Val McDermid on how boarding school novels inspired her to be a writer.
Exploring the vast archive of Chaplin's unfinished scripts, letters and press cuttings
Li Cunxin, Madame Mao's favourite dancer, tells Darcey Bussell about his amazing journey.
Mark Lawson and guests debate what now shapes our cultural choices - critics or clicks?
Janice Forsyth tunes into what's happening in arts, culture and music across Scotland.
The Dali Christ is Scotland's favourite painting. Louise Welsh finds out why.
A parable play on the ancient theme of the Quest. Featuring music by Benjamin Britten.
Novelist Len Deighton talks to Patrick Humphries about his life and writing career.
Architectural writer Shumi Bose presents a series that examines where design meets life
As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever: Douglas Adams.
A six-part series exploring the influence of war and conflict on music.
Series of arts programmes
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights
The extraordinary story of how classic Irish folk songs were saved from extinction.
In the port of Astoria, Oregon, Katrina Porteous reports on the Fisher Poets Gathering.
Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.
Bridget Kendall chairs The Forum, a place where guests discuss and challenge big ideas.
Women bishops? Will the Church of England approve them and can it cope with the fallout?
Paul Gambaccini looks back on his 40 years as a broadcaster in Britain
Michael Portillo explores the intellectual battleground of World War One.
What happens when a songwriter accidentally copies someone else's song?
Jim Carey celebrates the ice cream van with enthusiasts Francis Rossi and Johnny Vegas.
Bettany Hughes reveals the history of civilisation's most influential ideas.
John Tusa discusses the creative process with major practitioners in the arts.
The surprising and touching story of how Richard Strauss' marriage inspired his music.
In the shadow of Samson and Goliath, Belfast's seafaring legacy is being kept alive.
Art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston, explores the mysterious world of art attribution.
Jonathan Glancey argues that amid closures, the public library is also being reinvented.
The sounds of the historic and influential city, through its music, life, noise and people
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
Well-known figures review their favourite movie with the assistance of expert contributors
Under a full moon and the Northern Lights, Richard Coles hears the Ice Music of Norway.
Who cut down Glastonbury's 'holy thorn' tree? And why did it matter to so many people?
Frances Fyfield explores the manuscript of Dickens's last and unfinished novel.
Roger Law visits Yi Wu in China, fast becoming the biggest market place in the world.
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
Clare English finds out whether celebrity and fame are worth the pain that comes with them
Public figures revisit their paper round route and reveal how it influenced their lives
Libby Purves follows the way Britain prepared for the assault on Normandy in June 1944.
A series of programmes about the piano
Stories from the Poppy Factory in Surrey, where poppies are made for Remembrance Sunday.
Stanley Jones, legendary print maker, in the Curwen Studio with artist Susan Aldworth.
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