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Matthew Parris marks the passing of the valedictory despatch from British ambassadors
Pete Wilson explores the characters and communities that make Gloucestershire great.
Our relationship with plants: a major new history by Kew's science director Kathy Willis.
Shahidha Bari goes in search of the biggest poetry competition in the Middle East.
Anthropologist David Graeber explores the ways debt has shaped society over 5,000 years.
History series investigating stories taken from archive newspapers
Michael Morpurgo on the changing experience of learning to read over the last 70 years
Martin Bell returns 20 years on to the Siege of Vukovar in Croatia.
Hardeep Singh Kohli visits Royal Ascot on the 300th anniversary of the racecourse.
Egyptian writer Tarek Osman examines the history of this desert kingdom.
Na bha tachairt sa Chiad Chogadh gach seachdain bho chionn ceud bliadhna.
Secret Mueum looks at the explicit erotic, sexual and pornographic art of Pompeii.
Adam Rutherford explores the deep history of sex
Professor Julian Swann marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV of France.
Writer Iain Sinclair seeks out echoes of Shakespeare's city in the London of today.
Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories twenty objects tell us about Shakespeare's world.
Steph McGovern presents a two-part series on the global history of silk
How the power of the news media is used as a global government tool for influence
Santanu Das tells the story of the Indian soldiers who served the Empire in WWI.
Historian Michael Scott takes a global view of familiar historical dates.
Clare Balding charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport
The complex history of the Notting Hill Carnival, with writer and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah
The stories of Leicestershire and Rutland's past.
Fergal Keane uncovers the roots of modern terrorism
Historian Diarmaid Ferriter looks back at a century of Anglo-Irish relations.
Will Gompertz examines objects in the Royal Collection that define the British monarchy.
Dr Laura Ashe reveals how our ideas of romantic love were born in 12th-century literature.
The story of one of the most controversial documents in US diplomatic history.
Exploring the vast archive of Chaplin's unfinished scripts, letters and press cuttings
Angus Roxburgh explores the years when the Soviet Union ruled space.
Allan Little pieces together the "untold" side of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Heather Jones explores the armed struggle that changed Irish and British history forever.
Humphrey Carpenter charts the history of the Third Programme and Radio 3
Series exploring spectacular years in the history of science
Professor Christopher Clark presents a documentary series on the First World War.
Sarfraz Manzoor goes in search of America's black cowboys.
Edward Stourton walks the most dangerous WWII escape route over the Pyrenees
Grace Dent presents a conversational history of radio comedy, from 1975 to 2005.
Women bishops? Will the Church of England approve them and can it cope with the fallout?
Michael Portillo explores the intellectual battleground of World War One.
From World War II to the Arab Spring, history told by the people who were there
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.
Misha Glenny presents histories of nations.
Edward Stourton presents the story of the biggest mass POW breakout in history
The sounds of the historic and influential city, through its music, life, noise and people
Historian and broadcaster Dan Cruickshank goes off the beaten track in London
Author Howard Sounes reveals the true story behind the noted Bob Dylan song.
Edward Stourton retraces the route of Mao's Long March, to mark its 80th anniversary
History series in which stories from the past shed light on current events