The battle within the BBC to make programmes about homosexuality in the 1950s and 60s.
Adam Rutherford goes inside science to explore the research that is transforming our world
Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award
Elvis McGonagall examines the enduring popularity of AE Housman's A Shropshire Lad.
Performance poet Matt Harvey investigates the links between poetry and copywriting.
Beardyman, aka Darren Foreman, explores the secrets of animal vocal mimicry.
How a down-at-heel Parisian hotel became the world's avant-garde headquarters.
Phill Jupitus asks if the modern drummer really is the joker of a band.
Alexei Sayle explores the Beatles festive fan club recordings and Christmas concerts.
Richard Collins reveals the links between the worlds of business and Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester restored with its original Christmas music.
Nat Segnit investigates the untold stories of visionary mavericks
Dr Tiffany Jenkins explores what neuroscience knows about art.
Comedy by Christopher Douglas and Nicola Sanderson
Sarah O'Connell tells the story behind a mugshot - the life history that led to crime.
Comedy. Ian Leslie uncovers the first literary attempts of the world's best-known writers
Grant Gordon explores the rich history of magic on radio.
Lauren Laverne profiles three women who have inspired creative genius.
The story of Joseph Black, the chemist who described carbon dioxide for the first time.
The extraordinary story of dance trainer Margaret Morris, told through archive recordings.
Tim Whewell examines the case of a child's battle to get a place at a state Jewish school.
Dan Snow explores the role and history of the Prince of Wales
Specially commissioned stories from five acclaimed Irish writers
Artist Bill Drummond shares his vision and memories of Belfast.
Richard Wilson narrates his fictional autobiography, based on glimmers of truth
Closet campanologist Ian McMillan spends a day at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.
Radio 2's Folk Singer of the Year 2014 goes back to her roots, Edale in Derbyshire.
Brooke Magnanti, author of the Belle de Jour blog, explores anonymity through the ages
The sound of church bells ringing on Sunday from around the country
The sound of church bells from St Mary’s Parish Church, Putney.
Guy Schalom hunts out the spirit of the new Egypt in the musical roots of the bellydance.
The story of the former prisoners who had to remain in Belsen after it was liberated.
Ben Goldacre explores the idea of evidence-based policy.
Mukti Jain Campion visits a unique London collection of work by Indian painter Jamini Roy.
Gary Younge meets the new leader of America's oldest and largest civil rights organisation
Series in which two former speakers of the House of Commons discuss their careers
Actor Bernard Cribbins looks back on 70 years in show business
Martin Bashir profiles the controversial American broadcaster Howard Stern.
Vivien Goldman on the importance of the steamy 1950s novel that was ahead of its time.
A look at how God and the Devil have been portrayed through the ages
Patrick Humphries explores the life and career of author Paul Brickhill.
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
Martin Wainwright looks at the decline of Blackpool as a holiday resort.
Susan George recalls the visits to Britain of Hollywood legend Bette Davis.
Series bringing together people who have had profound and similar experiences
Bob Geldof, Ronnie Wood and others remember rock 'n' roll music promoter Bill Graham.
An exciting and revelatory soundscape following life between the tides on a sandy coast.
Series exploring the place and nature of faith in today's world
Ernie Rea explores the place of faith in today's world.
Journalist Sarfraz Manzoor visits India to meet a new generation of musicians and singers.
Jonathan Edwards explores when we will get to the limits of human sporting endeavour.
Eddie Mair examines how the hacking scandal will affect the shape of power in Britain.
Ritula Shah hears the stories of people living in hiding
Tim Gardam confronts our response to death in 21st-century Britain
Series looking at politics beyond and outside the Westminster parliament
Nobel Prize-winning author Wole Soyinka revisits Biafra to confront the ghosts of his past
A look at the life and work of Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star in Bollywood.
Adam Hart-Davis follows the construction of the Large Hadron Collider atom smasher at CERN
Simon Singh examines the significance of subatomic particles
Steve Punt's fast-moving comedy, set 100 metres underground in the Large Hadron Collider.
Quentin Cooper explores the history of CERN, the European particle physics laboratory
Geoff Watts finds out what the last year has held for the Large Hadron Collider.
Jonny Dymond explores how digging a canal through the isthmus at Panama changed the world
David McKie explores some of Britain's most evocative spots and their local heroes
Mark Stephen charts a job swap between gamekeepers from the Kalahari and the Angus Glens
Rajan Datar follows the exodus of western bands to India and China
Kevin Connolly presents a profile of controversial politician Ian Paisley.
El Sistema's music changed lives in Venezuela. Can it work for deprived kids in Scotland?
John Sugar explores an evolving music industry and the changing role of music manager.
Classical accordionist James Crabb sets out to rescue his instrument's dodgy reputation.
Dr Lucie Green reports on plans for a radio telescope the size of a continent.
Alexander Armstrong explores the lasting appeal of action hero Biggles.
The omniscient cyberfriend takes over Radio 4 for a unique experiment in broadwebcasting
Bill Connor's personal tales of eating and drinking
Miriam Margolyes on the life and career of 'deep' voice-over artist Bill Mitchell.
Gyles Brandreth pays tribute to Billy Bunter and his creator Frank Richards.
Blake Morrison goes in search of the world evoked by Keith Waterhouse's novel Billy Liar.
Rick Wakeman explores the life and music of the so-called Fifth Beatle.
Laurie Taylor looks back at 50 years of cultural studies
Gerry Northam investigates the science and debate around the use of biometrics.
Scientist and broadcaster Prof Trevor Cox explores a new wave of biomimicry.
Sarah Angliss uncovers the fascinating story of how we tried to teach the birds to sing.
Comedy. Young scientist Ben tries to adapt to the loneliness of working in the Antarctic.
Zoe Williams investigates two opposing models of European motherhood.
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner examines the links between soldiers and birds.
The story of the arrival and survival of the large juicy navel orange in the United States
Sitcom set in a local authority register office, written by and starring David Schneider
James Jones explores the moral dimensions of the economic crisis
The bishop of Liverpool talks to prisoners, politicians and pundits about the penal system
Brett Westwood explores the UK's natural history societies
Journalist John Harris examines the influence of the suburbs in British rock music.