Rob Walker investigates the mystery of a man found dead on a west London street.
Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee investigate Prosper Merimee, author and conservationist
James Naughtie thinks now is a timely moment for a reappraisal of Sir Walter Scott.
What happens when a habit for collecting other people's diaries gets out of hand?
Shaun Ley tells the tale of Maundy Gregory, who sold peerages on behalf of Lloyd George.
Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind Mr Bojangles, the name and the song.
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
John Harris takes a look at how writers in 1930s Manchester shaped our views of the north.
Profile of Thomas Staley, who has bought the archives of UK writers for a Texas university
Exploring the Manhattan grid as city matrix, psychic space and a bold political ideal.
Glenn Mitchell profiles the visits to Britain of legendary comedy team The Marx Brothers.
John Lloyd celebrates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.
Allison Curbishley explores the silent but crucial presence of judges at sporting events.
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?
Former paratrooper John McDonald tells the history of military parachuting.
Susan Marling reports from the Hudson Valley on the painters that shaped America.
Who advises American presidents? Tony Blair's chief of staff Jonathan Powell investigates.
A look at what the new breed of multi-millionaire footballers are doing with their wealth.
Mark Whitaker reports from the Menin Gate in the Belgian city of Ypres.
Discussion programme looking at how current media trends affect our lives
Tom Mangold investigates a tale of dirty tricks and industrial espionage.
In 1933, only a handful of pennies were minted. Phil Mussell sets about tracking one down.
Alvin Hall explores the rise in corporate pay
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.
Quentin Cooper tells the story of a British scientist hailed as a god in Japan.
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
New story by writer-performer John Osborne about life, love, friendship and growing older.
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