Barry Norman explores the archive of material amassed by author Nicholas Monsarrat.
Is morality hard-wired in the brain or learnt? Adam Rutherford investigates.
Sir Christopher Frayling presents a tribute to the Italian composer Ennio Morricone.
Security Correspondent Gordon Corera reveals the story behind Israel's secret service.
A Church to England missionary tries to 'redeem' the residents of Telford.
Radio 4 has been granted access to track work with some of the UK most troubled families.
Exploring the tiny pieces of music found in all corners of everyday life.
The story of Stella Cartwright, the muse who bewitched a generation of Scottish poets.
Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum
Dr Phil Hammond asks each of three guests to play the track of their choice
Comedy written by Richie Webb as multi-instrumentalist music teacher Nigel Penny
Under a full moon and the Northern Lights, Richard Coles hears the Ice Music of Norway.
James Maw visits Hull to investigate a Cold War naval espionage operation.
Midge Ure goes in search of the real Freddie Mercury.
Ann Widdecombe goes on the trail of GK Chesterton's crime-solving priest Father Brown.
Lemn Sissay explores the demise of the Black Boy as a name for a pub.
Who cut down Glastonbury's 'holy thorn' tree? And why did it matter to so many people?
Sue Broom investigates why 26 dolphins were stranded and died in Falmouth Harbour in 2008.
Gerry Anderson finds out why people in Ireland are seeing visions of the Virgin Mary.
Frances Fyfield explores the manuscript of Dickens's last and unfinished novel.
Tim Samuels asks why increasing numbers of people are changing their name by deed poll.
The story of William Lloyd Webber, the genius who spawned a musical dynasty.
Lavinia Greenlaw pays poetic tribute to Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds.
Sue Broom cracks the code of the cryptic names that are given to genes by scientists.
Stephen Henry Gill follows poet Basho's path to areas of Japan devastated by the tsunami.
Series featuring some of Europe's most unusual minority TV stations with Nigel Cassidy
Dramas, documentaries and interviews marking the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre
Series of comic profiles celebrating the living artists they deem to be 'iconic icons'
Mark Simpson looks at the history of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Laurie Taylor seeks out the local censors who privately vetted controversial films.
4 Extra Debut. The story of Ira Aldridge, a 19th-century actor who defied racial prejudice
James Naughtie asks if British diplomacy is still fit for purpose
The Good Friday Agreement is 15 years old. But for some, Northern Ireland remains violent.
James Naughtie profiles 60 public figures nominated to mark the diamond jubilee
Andrew Luck-Baker meets today's telescope builders and astronomers
Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times, examines the global financial situation
How have Indians moved so rapidly from running cornershops to running corporations?
Ian Sansom on the contemporary poetry scene emerging in Northern Ireland.
Could a strange dog from remote New Guinea have been man's first best friend?
Navdip Dhariwal investigates the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in Britain.
Malcolm McLaren salutes the talent of Christian Dior.
How has the global ecomonic crash affected the courses taught in business schools?
Martin Goodman visits iconic new cultural buildings in search of a 'New North' of England
Mike Wooldridge reports on the quiet economic inroads into Africa being made by India.
Roger Law visits Yi Wu in China, fast becoming the biggest market place in the world.
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
Why is there such an increasing demand for Danish sperm donors? Kate Brian investigates.
Comedy by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman covering the news in the world of nursery rhymes
Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories
Sandi Toksvig chairs the topical comedy quiz.
Sandi Toksvig chairs the satirical panel game.
John Osborne tells of his adventures when he started replying to newsagent window adverts.
Can we predict the next deadly pandemic? Alok Jha investigates.
Chris Bowlby looks at the role of doctors over the sixty-year history of the NHS
A series of debates examining funding dilemmas as the NHS marks its sixtieth anniversary
Director, author and performer Neil Bartlett explores the myth and song of the nightingale
Tim van Eyken investigates songs of seduction and ghosts - the night visiting songs.
Edward Stourton explores the impact of the famous river on the people of Egypt
Ian McMillan fights the cause of 'sodcasters', perpetrators of tinny mobile phone music.
Short stories by Norwegian writers
Comedy sketches and satirical comments from Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and guests
Alexander McCall Smith's project to open an opera house in a disused garage in Botswana.
What should be in a Hippocratic Oath for scientists?
Sketch show looking at the pains and irritations of modern
Roger Bolton tells the story of the Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest bible.
How Handel became, through his oratorios, a favourite of the working and middle classes.
Simon Cox talks to those charged with turning round poor-performing organisations.
Writer and journalist Alkarim Jivani asks why we value originality.
Paul Jackson celebrates the prolific writing partnership of Frank Muir and Denis Norden.
Former Loaded editor James Brown examines Hugh Hefner and his Playboy magazine.
How history and landscape have shaped political allegiances in remote parts of Britain
Chris Mullin explores what working life is like for some outsourced workers.
David Baddiel investigates the events which led to the foundation of Cambridge University.
James Cracknell recalls the extraordinary events leading up to the 1987 Boat Race.
A look at one of the most deceptively simple jobs in music.
Vivienne Parry explores the similarities between emotional and physical pain.
Rob Brydon explores the complex character of Kenneth Williams
As the Glasgow Games begin, Dr Joya Chatterji explores the history of the Commonwealth.
Public figures revisit their paper round route and reveal how it influenced their lives
Kirsty Lang visits Paris to tell the story of its riverside booksellers, les bouqinistes.
Mike Berlin tells the story of an influential left-wing London coffee house set up in 1958
Topical sitcom by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis
Can the US Republican Party stop tearing itself apart and start to retake the country?
Sara Parker reports from the wealthy borough of Clapham.
Five stories by F Scott Fitzgerald about Hollywood hack Pat Hobby
As antibiotic resistance increases, Dr Stuart Flanagan investigates what the future holds.
Bobby Friction talks to adults who are learning English from scratch in the UK.
The life and legacy of Donald Bennett, one of Britain's least celebrated heroes.
Bridget Kendall evaluates America's 'missionaries of democracy' in the Peace Corps.
The image of the humanities academic, past and present, in the public imagination.
Robin Denselow meets the remaining members of the eclectic Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck give their take on Victorian comedy