Series featuring people who have made life-altering decisions
Polly Toynbee explores how possible it is to move up through British society
Angus Roxburgh explores the years when the Soviet Union ruled space.
Simon Singh witnesses the first man versus machine poker championship in Vancouver.
Jonathan Glancey finds out about the architects who revolutionised church design.
Men who sing in falsetto: Bidisha on the countertenor voice, from Purcell to Plan B.
Joshua Rozenberg examines new medical insights into the criminal mind.
Allan Little pieces together the "untold" side of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A fascinating insight into one of Nature's greatest cheats.
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.
Pallab Ghosh investigates the potential effects of anti-sleep drugs on society.
Stephen Evans tells the story of daring East German defector Ernst Degner.
Matthew Hill asks what is happening to Britain's public services.
As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever: Douglas Adams.
Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
Tucker the sniffer dog takes a boat trip to save the whales.
Trevor Cox goes behind the scenes at a multi-million pound science funding event.
A six-part series exploring the influence of war and conflict on music.
Has the drug Ecstasy bred a generation of depressed and forgetful forty-somethings?
Professor David Livingstone argues for a revision of how we view the climate
Geoff Watts asks why the source of new medical drugs is drying up.
Top business people discuss the effect that their traumatic childhood had on them.
Series of arts programmes
Should Britain stay in the European Union? Former diplomat Sir Stephen Wall puts the case.
Series exploring spectacular years in the history of science
A fresh look at the week's global news from the World Service's 27 language sections
The latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights
Dr Mark Porter on whether adult health is determined by the first thousand days of life
The extraordinary story of how classic Irish folk songs were saved from extinction.
Michael Bird explores the tiny beautiful flower fields of west Cornwall and the Scillies.
Peter Curran celebrates the humble foghorn's powerful role in music, literature and film.
Bridget Kendall presents an ideas discussion show which tackles the big questions
Bridget Kendall chairs The Forum, a place where guests discuss and challenge big ideas.
Edward Stourton walks the most dangerous WWII escape route over the Pyrenees
Lucy Ash explores London's new French community, as it spreads beyond South Kensington.
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
Thordis Fridriksson and her panel of local gardening experts take your calls.
A portrait of life in Gaza through the eyes of a group of young Palestinian surfers.
Zareer Masani on why Indians worship English as a goddess who can free them from poverty.
Alan Dein meets figurehead of the Northern Irish punk scene, Terri Hooley.
Andy McIndoe takes your questions.
Ben Miller explores the workings of the new LHC atom smasher at CERN in Switzerland
Adam Fowler visits Northern Canada to discover some potential benefits of global warming.
Ayisha Yahya explores warnings that some deserts could turn greener in the future
Simon Cox delves into the sometimes strange world of the hacker activist, or 'hacktivist'.
A series in which four leading figures reflect on the nature of happiness.
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