Writer, broadcaster and comedian Simon Fanshawe examines the art of creating comedy.
How an 18th century giant is helping his descendants avoid growing to his extreme height.
Amanda Burton and Bronagh Gallagher star in a play exploring Derry-Londonderry.
Robin Denselow meets the remaining members of the eclectic Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Commemorating the heroes of the air who fought for their country in the summer of 1940.
David Hepworth explores what, if anything, can be learned from listening to popular music.
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
Family and colleagues recall the life and personality of artist Gwen John.
Aasmah Mir explores five themes chosen to encapsulate Scots' contribution to the world
A look at the relationship between New Labour and Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Dominic Dromgoole goes in search of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse, Blackfriars Theatre.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
Writer and poet Gwyneth Lewis visits the remote island in the Bristol Channel
John Simpson tells the stories of the correspondents who reported on the Spanish Civil War
Adam Buxton offers some personal observations from the past week.
Gwyneth Lewis explores the fascinating history of the Somali community of Tiger Bay.
By Laura Morris. In a single day a child's fantasies turn to sludgy brown water.
Five stories by Welsh writers
US satirist Joe Queenan presents a series on people with highly unusual occupations
Sue Perkins explores the house of Dr Johnson, author of the great English dictionary.
Alcoholics Anonymous calls it "the Bible" : literary critic John Sutherland delves deeper.
Interspersed readings from poetry collections by Eleanor Farjeon and Wendy Cope.
Comedy series about the unique relationship between dogs and their owners
Why does the singing voice of a boy inspire us? Chris Gabbitas explores treble appeal.
An exploration of characters we know and love on TV or radio, but who rarely appear
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
Four dining-related comedies
Author Alexander McCall Smith explores W H Auden's fascination with music and song.
Sian Pari Huws visits Rhayader in Mid Wales which seems to be run entirely by volunteers.
Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess
An act of worship and music
Host Simon Mayo pits the comic generations against each other
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
Five actors read self-penned stories
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Stories on the theme of addictions and obsessions
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor makes an emotional return home to Togo.
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
Mike McCartney follows the construction of a memorial to the late poet Adrian Henri.
Mike Embley explores the adult autistic mind.
David Lomax reports on the story of the Kamchatka crabs brought to the Arctic by Stalin.
Matthew Syed explores the puzzling but powerful phenomenon of home advantage in sport.
Alan Dein discovers the surprising history of the adventure playground.
Programme exploring the background, effect and lasting appeal of some well-loved poems
Comedy drama series by Lynne Truss set in 1950s Brighton
Advertising executive Robin Wright presents a history of the advertising industry
People who only have a short time left to live give advice to the rest of us.
Sarfraz Manzoor revisits a 1980s sociological study of Luton with Professor Fiona Devine.
Eddie Mair chairs a debate about the continuing western involvement in Afghanistan.
Robin Denselow reports on Africa, 50 years after many countries became independent
Five Africans recount their experiences of independence in 1960
Hugh Levinson asks whether science and technology can end under-development in Africa
Vishva Samani explores the post-expulsion relationship between British Asians and Ugandans
Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Stephen Moore recall a search for an elusive literary item.
Some of the world's most beautiful women discuss the ageing process.
Hugh Sykes finds out how life in Iraq has changed over the past decade
The writer Kevin Crossley-Holland meets fellow East Anglians affected by coastal erosion.
Should we be building new homes on flood plains? Simon Cox reports.
Michelle Dewberry revisits her home town of Hull a year after it was hit by flooding.
Kate Betts meets the residents of a Doncaster council housing estate flooded out last year
Dramatic monologues that imagine the adult lives of characters from children's literature
Radio dramas which delight and surprise
Short stories or abridged books, often from new writers
Stories by unpublished writers
Five people defy their culture and tradition to stand up for a belief or to follow a dream
Classic stories by the mistress of the whodunit.
Sir Menzies Campbell's battle to shake off claims that he was too old to be Lib Dem leader
Richard Dawkins decodes the discoveries and mysteries of the human genome sequence
Dr Michael O'Donnell presents a series on old age
An organisation called Magic Me is bringing different generations of immigrants together.
Janet Ellis talks to influential children's author Allan Ahlberg.
Robert Powell explores the recordings of Salford-born comedian Al Read.
Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee visit French locations that inspired Henri Alain-Fournier
John Waite returns to his childhood home to meet his literary hero, Alan Garner.
Alan Johnson goes in search of the life he thought he nearly had: as a rock star
Mark Rickards meets the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
Alex Horne and his five-piece jazz band combine comedy, improv, storytelling and music
Ali Abbas, the Iraqi boy who lost his arms and 16 members of his family, tells his story.