Radio 4 Collections: Guide to the Collections

Listen to an ever growing selection of factual content from the Radio 4 archives.


  • Alan BennettBooks: World Book Night

    Listen to interviews with the authors of the 25 titles which will be given away on World Book Night 2012.

  • James NaughtieBooks: Bookclub Archive

    James Naughtie and readers meet major authors. You can now listen to every edition of this series which began in 1998.

  • Marilynne RobinsonBooks: American Authors

    Feature-length interviews with some of the greatest American writers from 1939 to the present.

  • Jenny AgutterFilm

    From Agutter to Zellweger, listen to over two hundred Radio 4 interviews with film stars, producers and cinematographers.

  • ShakespeareTheatre

    Interviews with actors and writers, plus documentaries and discussions about stagecraft and the history of theatre.


  • Ancient WorldsAncient Worlds

    A diverse selection of programmes about ancient civilisations and major figures from antiquity.

  • A History of the WorldA History of the World in 100 objects

    Explore 100 objects from the British Museum and hundreds more from museums and people across the UK.

  • AkhenatenIn Our Time: History

    Explore the extensive archive of In Our Time historical discussions. Search by era, topic or date of broadcast.

  • Winston ChurchillWorld War II

    Listen to programmes about Churchill, D-Day, Dad's Army, Evacuation and Women in the RAF.


  • Black HoleIn Our Time: Science

    Listen to a wide range of science discussions from the In Our Time archive.

  • MathematicsMathematics

    Simon Singh's Five Numbers, Marcus du Sautoy's A Brief History of Mathematics and discussions about Calculus, Fibonacci and Pi.

  • Claudia HammondMind Changers

    Listen to every episode from the series which explores the development of psychology during the 20th century.

  • Saving SpeciesSaving Species

    Brett Westwood examines the world of nature and the challenges of wildlife conservation.


  • Kirsty YoungDesert Island Discs

    Kirsty Young presents the interview series which began in 1942. Don't miss the new Castaway Archive.

  • Karl MarxIn Our Time: Philosophy

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss great philosophers and schools of thought throughout history.

  • Sir John ReithThe Reith Lectures

    A series of annual radio lectures on significant contemporary issues, delivered by leading figures.

  • Today studioToday

    Listen again to interviews and features from Radio 4's flagship news and current affairs programme.

BBC FOUR Collections


Browse classic full-length programmes from the BBC archive in the BBC FOUR Collections.

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