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.
Chris Dennis asks what it would take to run 26.2 miles in under 2 hours.
Ed Stourton uncovers what really went on during the Israeli-Lebanon conflict of 2006
The story of the Isle of Man's innovative leisure complex and the fire that destroyed it.
Comedian Danny Robins explores the global Swedish cultural explosion conquering the world.
Edi Stark looks at the burgeoning field of epigenetics
The 1939 radio adaptation of T H White's novel, with music composed by Benjamin Britten
Katie Derham celebrates synchronised swimming, from Busby Berkeley to the 2012 Olympics.
Science enthusiast Dave Dodd visits the UK's biggest and brightest experimental facility
Tim Franks measures the impact of taking part in one memorable Olympic event in 1972.
Frances Fyfield explores the handwritten manuscript of Dickens' great political thriller.
Steve Punt talks to Denis Norden about his 60-year career.
Do assumptions about teenage pregnancy stand up to scrutiny? Miranda Sawyer investigates.
Sarfraz Manzoor looks at the life of a teetotaller in the UK.
Five scientists look back to the knowledge of their ancient forebears
Jimmy Page, Mark Knopfler, Phil Manzanera and Cliff Richard on Hank Marvin.
The correspondence between James VI of Scotland and Elizabeth I.
Glenn Mitchell tells the story of American vaudeville and comedy act The Three Stooges.
One of boxing's greatest ever fights has a complex back story. John McDonald discovers why
Mike Brearley examines the history and contemporary impact of India's love of cricket
Ian Sansom talks to Judith Kerr, author of the children's book The Tiger Who Came to Tea.
Original stories by unpublished writers
The Bank of England Governor, Sir Mervyn King, delivers the second Today Programme Lecture
A one-off sitcom following the lives of the people who work on a toll bridge in Wales.
William Lyons conjures the brash and brilliant music of the 500-year-old town Waits.
Sarah Pitt tells the story of the 1967 Torrey Canyon supertanker environmental disaster.
Jolyon Jenkins speaks to former torturers from different countries.
By Patricia Duncker. To mark the transit of Venus, a story about Pilate's wife.
Dr Adam Hart investigates the science of ash dieback.
Peter Curran visits members of the many and varied disciplines of science
Series following a new approach tried as an alternative to custody for child offenders
When is typical teen angst something more serious? Miranda Sawyer investigates.
Winifred Robinson examines the stereotypical image of the Liverpudlian.
Jazz composer Julian Joseph goes in search of black classical musicians from the past.
Paul Lewis tries to uncover the truth about the world's most controversial bank.
Jolyon Jenkins asks whether the Roma in Britain are villains or victims?
Dr Geoff Bunn features comic book heroes and science in his history of the lie detector.
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama.
Mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing, and his role in the invention of the computer.
Nick Barraclough explores what makes a great lead guitar player.
Pink Floyd members explore the tragic mental breakdown of former front man Syd Barrett.
Clare Jenkins meets people with their own reasons for observing the two-minute silence.
David Mitchell hosts the game show in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies.
Game show in which panellists are encouraged to tell lies
Hugh Haughton explores how 'the uncanny' has shaped fiction, film, architecture and art.
Horatio Clare joins the Paris River Police, the Brigade Fluviale, on patrol on the Seine
Novelist Louise Welsh investigates the enduring fascination with the Inconnue de la Seine.
As Britain's last glass eye maker retires, Jolyon Jenkins explores the world of false eyes
Alistair McGowan tells the story of the love letters that composer Erik Satie never sent.
Screenwriter Jeremy Dyson praises the supernatural stories of Robert Aickman.
Scientists uncover evidence about vaccines that may change public health care forever.
Melvyn Bragg explores the idea and evolution of culture
Five people from different spheres of life reflect on what failure has taught them
Victims of violent crime come face to face with men serving sentences for similar crimes.