Pallab Ghosh investigates the potential effects of anti-sleep drugs on society.
Stephen Evans tells the story of daring East German defector Ernst Degner.
Novelist Len Deighton talks to Patrick Humphries about his life and writing career.
Matthew Hill asks what is happening to Britain's public services.
Series that looks at the world we inhabit through the lens of design.
Ian Marchant drives across the midwest to learn how barbed wire privatised America.
Steph McGovern explores proposals to devolve more powers to England's cities.
Brett Westwood reflects on how the wildlife has changed in his local patch over 40 years.
As Doctor Who returns, Jon Culshaw looks at the man who changed it forever - Douglas Adams
A doctor's perspective on dementia - from the inside.
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?
Mark Urban investigates whether the west is losing its military edge.
Sarah Montague interviews the people whose ideas are challenging the future of education.
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
Tom Robinson explores Robert Schumann's collaborative violin sonata, Frei Aber Einsam.
Writers and comedians share personal stories of their first encounters with faith.
A fresh look at the stories of the week with journalists from our 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
1903 Sheffield's on-location Daring Daylight Burglary inspired every action movie since.
The extraordinary story of how classic Irish folk songs were saved from extinction.
Interviews with major artists revealing the moments and songs that shaped their careers.
In the port of Astoria, Oregon, Katrina Porteous reports on the Fisher Poets Gathering.
The women who overcame grief through friendship and sea shanties.
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.
Mark Radcliffe walks the Pennine Way to mark its fiftieth anniversary
The economics, science and culture of putting food on your plate
Sarfraz Manzoor goes in search of America's black cowboys.
Bridget Kendall presents an ideas discussion show which tackles the big questions
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.
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?
How will the workforce of the future be changed by advanced technologies?
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.
Amanda Foreman examines the formative years of British politics.
Rome's famous Piazza di Spagna has a secret British history that still reverberates.
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