Philip Hensher explores the art of the gloriously eccentric Molesworth books.
James Landale examines why Margaret Thatcher was ousted from power 25 years ago.
Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
The story of how two of the greatest albums of all time were released on the same day.
Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War
Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Fintan O'Toole looks at letters written at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
Astronomer Paul Murdin asks if Jupiter's moon, Europa, might sustain biological life.
As the Mayan prophecy of doom approaches, enjoy this light-hearted guide to the apocalypse
Series looking at the impact of the hashtags that got millions talking.
The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Inside the digital news outlets that are reinventing journalism for the social media age.
Jessica Lack explores public art in the UK through a city's attempt to commission new work
Howard Stableford investigates whether advances in 3D printing can benefit nature.
Original news and exclusive interviews from across the UK
The top 40 stories of the week across social media and online
The best of 5 live from the past seven days
Adrian Goldberg presents cutting edge investigative journalism
Naked Scientists Chris Smith and Kat Arney with science news stories and analysis
Brian Sibley tells the story behind Ian Fleming's book, half a century after publication.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
Winifred Robinson follows misbehaving children and the work being done to help them.
Jane Garvey examines the topic of menstruation and asks if attitudes are finally changing.
Zareer Masani on the new love for, and controversy over, Western classical music in India.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Lynne Truss celebrates the 80th birthday of the Speaking Clock. With Prof Stephen Hawking.
Alexandra Harris explores how the weather has shaped the cultural life of Britain.
Clare Jenkins explores the emotional challenges faced when clearing out her parents' home.
Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
The Martha Graham Dance Company's US State Department tour of Southeast Asia, 1974.
Patients and doctors in a Lake District village fight to save their GP surgery.
A documentary about first deaths and last dances.
Mary-Ann Ochota visits Bangladesh and India to ask why 2.3bn people lack adequate toilets.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
The stories of three women in a touching exploration of what it means to be childless.
A story of remarkable bravery from the Rwandan genocide of twenty years ago.
Books worth reading.
Jane Garvey's world of knitting - full of rebels, musicians, jailbirds and reality TV.
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's coastal wildlife.
How to recognise birds of the British countryside from their appearance, calls and songs
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's common garden wildlife
Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss offer a guide to Britain's upland birds
Andrew Dilnot investigates the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
Adrian Moore journeys through philosophical thought on infinity.