A journey through the German cities where the great philosophers of the 19th century lived
Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over a year
Giles Fraser explores the story of the Christian church's attitude to money
What drives extremist violence? Daniel Pick reveals the story of an attempt to find out.
Prof Murray Pittock explores the origins of Scottish nationalism
Mark Whitaker recalls the events surrounding the birth of the Royal British Legion.
Tom Heap gains exclusive access to the battle to save The Royal Show
James Naughtie leads the coverage with reporters around the processional route.
James Naughtie follows the Royal Shakespeare Company as it celebrates its 50th birthday
A reading of the Rolling Stone article that led to General Stanley McChrystal's dismissal.
Huw Williams celebrates the 50th anniversary of the folk song The Bells of Rhymney.
The sad life of Jim Thorpe, the American Indian who was the star of the 1912 Olympics.
Alan Dein unwraps the oral history of Santa Claus
The UK's first 'Sarah Party', inspired by two US women who wanted to celebrate the name.
The remarkable story of a community coming together to save a Shropshire farm.
Chris Bowlby examines the role of scientific adviser to the government
Prof Robert Winston looks at music with a scientist's eye
George Poles's comedy, adapted from the Upmanship books by Stephen Potter.
Tom Mangold investigates the growing ruthlessness of piracy in the Indian ocean.
Simon Armitage takes us to sea to explore one of the oldest poems in the English language.
Stephanie Flanders sets out on the search for growth in Britain's economy
As more of us work in open plan spaces, Claudia Hammond goes in search of the ideal office
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.
Singer Monica Vasconcelos explores the musical and political story of bossa nova.
Rory Cellan-Jones traces its roots
Rev Richard Coles returns to his childhood musical hero, with some unexpected twists.
Hermione Cockburn uncovers the historical role of dams and reservoirs in Britain
Ian Marchant explores whether trees really do have miraculous powers.
Sally Magnusson provides an extraordinary insight into the scientific applications of pee.
Comedy impression series that follows the imagined private lives of the rich and powerful
Roger Law embarks on a journey to understand controversial artist Caravaggio
Iain MacWhirter recalls a famously controversial speech made by Margaret Thatcher.
Sue Perkins revisits her former home-town Croydon, the mini-Manhattan of outer London.
Short season of programmes exploring modern sexuality in Britain
Tom Robinson explores the portrayal of homosexuality in the media from the 50s to the 70s.
Tom Robinson explores the portrayal of homosexuality in the media.
Chris Ledgard asks if gender testing will mean a level playing field for female athletes.
Kate Best tells the story of the writer Denys Watkins-Pitchford, better known as 'B.B.'.
Fi Glover hosts a series in which her guests share strange tales that they have in common
Gyles Brandreth investigates the mystery of the missing teddy bears, the first ever made.
Fashion writer Colin McDowell recalls the rise of the miniskirt.
Simon Russell Beale reappraises Oh! What a Lovely War in its 50th anniversary year.
A new sketch show with a different theme each week, and all written by you...
Series of stories about fairground sideshow life in the 19th century
Comic series following the lives of John Shuttleworth and his family
Mark Whitaker reports from SE Asia on the huge toll of child drownings in the region.
Character comedy show written by and starring Simon Day
Geoffrey Wheeler presents a tribute to Richard Hearne, remembered by millions as Mr Pastry
Documentary looking at an unusual aspect of medical training.
Series analysing the qualities that make a singing voice unforgettable
Series exploring the lives of the thousands of ordinary single people in the UK today
Paul Sinha - Englishman, Londoner, sports fan - looks at the forthcoming Olympics.
Comedian Paul Sinha analyses his divided cricketing loyalties.
From the French coast, Allan Little tells the story of Britain's worst maritime disaster.
Robert McCrum explores the literary mores of our age
Ian Hislop tries to conjure a clear image of Henry VIII from the many versions of history.
In a series mixing science with art, myth and poetry, Paul Farley explores sleep
Liz Barclay follows three busy people on an experiment to slow down their pace of life
Materials scientist Mark Miodownik asks whether we could live without cash.
Iain MacWhirter and guests assess the impact of the SNP's first 100 days in power.
Stephen Evans talks to producer Rick Rubin about his work with the legendary Johnny Cash.
John Kember rediscovers the original song settings of children's verses by AA Milne.
Pete Paphides tells the story behind cult singer Nick Drake's mother Molly Drake's songs.
The secrets behind the poetry at the court of Elizabeth I, as revealed by Peggy Reynolds.
Paul Gambaccini meets sound engineers James Lock and Geoff Emerick.
Sean Street investigates the sound of fear, the noises and music that scare us, and why.
Irma Kurtz investigates blind Spanish composer Rodrigo's famous Concerto de Aranjuez.
Russell Davies follows the musical clues through the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Trevor Cox investigates the science of sound research
Matthew Parris presents memorable despatches sent home by British diplomats down the ages
Mark D'Arcy examines the controversial approach of the Commons Speaker John Bercow.
George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review Statement in the House of Commons.
Miranda Sawyer examines how the grunge movement influenced a generation of British youth.
Sankha Guha travels into the jungle to track India's most revered animal, the tiger.
Sitcom set in a spiritual centre presided over by Bharat, the self-styled guru of Westgate
Series of comic plays starring Stanley Baxter
Euan McIlwraith investigates the identity of the mysterious 'star jelly'.
Midge Ure explores the story behind the David Bowie's iconic rock album Ziggy Stardust.
Chris Bowlby tells the story of the attempt to rescue East Germany's Stasi secret files.
At a time of change and turmoil in the Middle East, what is happening inside Israel?
What now for the welfare state, 70 years after the Beveridge report?
Are today's 18-25s the "Never Had It" generation? #neverhadit.
Sound recordist Chris Watson captures 24 hours in the life of Newcastle Central Station.
Lucy Mangan explores our obsession with pens, paper and the paraphernalia of office life.
Michael Blastland lays out the history of economic ideas
Tony Blackburn recalls the 1967 hit Flowers in the Rain by the Move.
Rowan Pelling explores the sensational pornographic novel, The Story of O, and its author.
Martin Wainwright explores the global scrap metal industry.
Naftali Brawer delves into the ancient texts of the Talmud
Mark Whitaker explores a bizarre and gruesome story.
Paul Bayley tells the story of a neglected musical genre.
Wayne Marshall tells the story of clarinettist and conductor Rudolph Dunbar.
Cerys Matthews celebrates the rebel of Swedish children's literature, Pippi Longstocking.
Mike Walker's epic chronicle of Britain's most mutable dynasty
An inquiry into why so many Americans die after being shot by 'safe' police stun guns.