Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres
National and international news from BBC Radio 4.
5/5 Despite finding happiness, the vexations of Spark's family life intruded into her old age.
The Monty Python man recalls significant moments in his life and career
1/5 The Monty Python star recalls the influential comedy troupe's huge success in the 70s.
2/5 Recalling the Python team's success in America and the start of their own solo projects.
3/5 The comic actor and travel writer reflects on his relationship with his ailing dad.
4/5 The comic actor shares his surreal experience of guest hosting a big American TV show.
5/5 The actor and writer recalls how the influential comedy group reconvened in 1977.
1/5 1938 means trouble with Hitler and trouble with cigar smoking.
2/5 The Nazis enter Freud's house in Vienna and he fears for his antiquities.
3/5 Freud's next piece of work is a departure, featuring Topsy the lovable chow.
4/5 Freud is installed in St John's Wood in London, and Salvador Dali comes to tea.
5/5 From poverty to white bread, says Freud of his final success.
1/5 Passion, money, art - the story of John Constable and his pursuit of the love of his life.
2/5 The painter and Maria Bicknell first met when he was 24 and she was 12.
3/5 Lacking 'that necessary article - cash', the pair's courtship was never going to be easy.
4/5 Despite fierce opposition from Maria's powerful grandfather, John is determined to marry.
5/5 Finally married, the serious production of both paintings and children can now begin.
1/5 In 1970, Emma's first holiday featured a tent, a bucket and an awful lot of Welsh rain.
2/5 Family disaster in 1972, with many cross-border matrimonial raids doomed to end in tears.
3/5 With Britain now in Europe, Emma's mum decides they should all holiday abroad.
4/5 Emma's mum agrees to holiday sans tent. But nights under a proper roof spark complications
5/5 With her final family camping trip to France, Emma faces sunburn and public humiliation.
Dan Stevens reads William Fiennes's account of his magical childhood in a moated castle.
1/5 While five-year old William fishes, his older brother's seizures are diagnosed as epilepsy
2/5 Eight-year-old William finds a secret door in the attic. Richard suffers dark mood swings.
3/5 Richard is captivated by a heron, but is also gripped by a furious black mood.
5/5 William, now 17, prepares to leave home and Richard finds a more even keel.
1/5 The extraordinary day when the Mona Lisa went missing, stolen from the Louvre in Paris.
2/5 The theft of the painting goes undetected for over 24 hours, but once it is, uproar ensues
3/5 Why has Leonardo da Vinci's painting beguiled people through the ages?
4/5 Vincenzo Peruggia is believed to be the thief. What are his motives and is he believable?
5/5 Vincenzo Peruggia is arrested and the painting is returned. End of story? Not exactly.
Lillian Pizzichini's biography of the author Jean Rhys.
1/5 Life begins for Jean on the Windward Island of Dominica.
2/5 Arriving from the West Indies at the age of 17, Jean is sent to girls' school in Cambridge
3/5 Jean becomes a chorus girl in Edwardian London and learns about love the hard way.
4/5 Now married but still penniless, things start to look up for Jean when she moves to Vienna
5/5 Jean has become an established writer, but it will be 30 years before she becomes famous.
1/5 The world of wireless, from wedding tales on Virgin to honour killings on Asian Network.
3/5 A visit to the Radio Times, and how Radio Humberside coped with an earthquake.
4/5 John muses on pirate radio, tunes into Dynamite MC and asks for some Pachelbel for Poppy.
5/5 John looks to the future, revelling in radio's relationship with the internet.
4/5 Richard's behaviour is increasingly problematic, but there is still pleasure to be found.
3/5 Spark's literary voice is discovered when she wins an Observer competition in 1951.
4/5 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie earns Spark critical and commercial success.
1/5 The life and career of the publicity-shy, Nobel Prize-winning author.
2/5 Back teaching after his World War II service, the author makes a start on his first novels
3/5 The author's career takes off when he is invited to work the American lecture circuit.
4/5 Personal disasters take their toll, but his latest novel receives the ultimate accolade.
5/5 In 1983, in a maelstrom of controversy, Golding's book earns global recognition.
1/5 The influence of the life and death of Anne Boleyn on Elizabeth's future.
1/5 4 Extra Debut. The Festival of Britain heralds the beginning of the end of austerity.
2/5 The core values of 1950s family and society begin to fray at the edges.
3/5 While Britain is spellbound by the Coronation, another royal soap opera is about to unfold
4/5 A new era of affluence is fuelled by an advertising boom and the arrival of commercial TV.
5/5 An increasingly affluent and confident Britain is rocked by the Suez crisis.
Mark Rylance and Julius D'Silva read from a new edition of Van Gogh's correspondence
1/5 The artist's letters reveal his intriguing character, his relationships and his process.
2/5 Vincent begins his artistic studies in earnest, and embarks on a troubled relationship.
3/5 Full of hopes for an new beginning, Vincent leaves Paris for the warmth of southern France
4/5 Gauguin joins Vincent in southern France, but their relationship deteriorates alarmingly.
5/5 Vincent is recovering from severing his own earlobe, but inner turmoil is never far away.
Sinead Cusack reads Frances Stonor Saunders's account of troubled life of Violet Gibson
1/5 The story of Violet Gibson, who tried to assassinate Benito Mussolini.
2/5 Why did Violet Gibson, whose quest for spiritual comfort was troubled, shoot Mussolini?
3/5 Mussolini's heroic image enthused his supporters, but Violet Gibson felt differently.
4/5 Moments after shooting Mussolini, Violet Gibson seemed confused. Was it an act of sanity?
5/5 After her release by the Italian government, how would Violet's family determine her fate?
The second volume of the autobiography of actor and author Stephen Fry.
2/5 Stephen Fry has a curious encounter with Stephen Sondheim and becomes a literary critic.
3/5 Stephen reveals how he became a poster boy for, of all things, celibacy.
4/5 Stephen Fry talks about his early love of radio and his first forays into broadcasting.
5/5 Stephen Fry remembers his great friendship with Douglas Adams.
1/5 Philip Larkin arrives in Belfast to take up his new job as librarian at the University.
2/5 Philip Larkin advises Monica on her conversational style and meets EM Forster.
3/5 Poet Philip Larkin successfully gains the Head Librarianship in Hull.
4/5 Philip Larkin works on his poem about 'An Arundel Tomb'. An intimate insight into the poet
5/5 Despite his success, 50-year-old Larkin wonders if he has achieved all he could.
4 Extra Debut. The 1913 opening of the Poetry Bookshop sees the dawn of the New Poetry age
Edward Thomas and Robert Frost's first meeting begins a life-changing friendship.
Inspired by Robert Frost, Thomas writes his first poem at the age of 36.
As the 1914 war continues, Thomas wrestles with the conundrum of whether to enlist.
Thomas leaves for the Front, just as his first collection of poems nears publication.
2/5 Mould-breaking nature writer Kathleen Jamie recalls the loss of her mother.
2/5 How the Neolithic art of coppicing is renewing itself in 21st-century competitions.
1/5 Saviano relates a surreal fish-out-of-water trip to the Cannes Film Festival.
2/5 Roberto Saviano's tale of pianist Michel Petrucciani's music and indomitable spirit.
3/5 Roberto Saviano describes meeting his hero, football star Lionel Messi.
4/5 Italian journalist Roberto Saviano dines out with Joe Pistone, his American counterpart.
5/5 Saviano attends the Nobel Prize ceremony where he has been asked to speak.
1/5 True tale of brutal murder in a remote English village on Midsummer's Day, 1806.
2/5 True tale of murder in 1806 England. Feuds, oaths and superstition are rife in the village