Ian McMillan goes in search of one of Britain's strangest linguistic features.
Winifred Robinson follows misbehaving children and the work being done to help them.
Mumbai-based comedian Aditi Mittal presents a guide to her home country.
Jane Garvey examines the topic of menstruation and asks if attitudes are finally changing.
Zareer Masani on the new love for, and controversy over, Western classical music in India.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Lynne Truss celebrates the 80th birthday of the Speaking Clock. With Prof Stephen Hawking.
Alexandra Harris explores how the weather has shaped the cultural life of Britain.
Clare Jenkins explores the emotional challenges faced when clearing out her parents' home.
Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
The Martha Graham Dance Company's US State Department tour of Southeast Asia, 1974.
Patients and doctors in a Lake District village fight to save their GP surgery.
A documentary about first deaths and last dances.
Mary-Ann Ochota visits Bangladesh and India to ask why 2.3bn people lack adequate toilets.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
The stories of three women in a touching exploration of what it means to be childless.
Readings based on the autobiography and journals of Kathleen Scott, widow of Captain Scott
Melanie Phillips explores the limits of free speech.
A story of remarkable bravery from the Rwandan genocide of twenty years ago.
Books worth reading.
Jane Garvey's world of knitting - full of rebels, musicians, jailbirds and reality TV.
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's coastal wildlife.
How to recognise birds of the British countryside from their appearance, calls and songs
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's common garden wildlife
Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss offer a guide to Britain's upland birds
Andrew Dilnot investigates the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
BBC Radio 4 Extra
Adrian Moore journeys through philosophical thought on infinity.
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells humanity's history through objects
The British Museum's Neil MacGregor tells A History of the World in 100 Objects.
The story of the portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted for him in Auschwitz.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
The changing accents on the UK's longest rail journey, the 0820 from Aberdeen to Penzance.
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Helena Kennedy talks to eminent lawyers and judges who stand out from the legal crowd.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
Series about scientific specialists
Courtney Pine explores John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, fifty years after its release.
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Henry Dimbleby unravels the deep-seated attachment of the British to eating meat.
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Composer Emily Levy on a poignant legacy - the mix-tapes made by her late brother Gus.
Baroness Helena Kennedy designs a Magna Carta for the 21st century.
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
A family of Syrian migrants risks everything in a remarkable journey to Germany.
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
Series that follows portrait painter Fiona Graham-Mackay at work.
By Alex Wheatle. It is Jamaica in 1987, and the writer is reunited with his father.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
An immersive river journey through the city of Sheffield and its industrial past.
Rats under the floorboards, paint on the floor. What makes an artist's studio?
How the monarchy recovered after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
The stories of British Ukrainians, whose family histories mirror that of their homeland.
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Jackie Clune dated women for 12 years until she married a man. She explores this subject.
John Waite follows those student protesters most likely to be affected by funding changes.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
As Liverpool's Everyman Theatre prepares to reopen, hear from those who worked there.
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
Levi Roots explores the story of William Blake's childhood vision of angels on Peckham Rye
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
Alexandra Harris takes four walks that inspired Woolf and that tell her story
Harriet Sergeant investigates whether empty commercial buildings could house the homeless.
Battle of Britain fighter pilots recall the summer of 1940. Presented by Misha Glenny.
David Almond argues that more European children's books should be translated into English.
On the 80th birthday of Alcoholics Anonymous, AL Kennedy tells its story and how it works.
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
David Nolan tells a very personal story of a historical sex abuse investigation.
Femi Martin finds fulfilment as a writer and performer as a result of a chronic illness.
Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
Actor Tim Robbins and Rajesh Mirchandani catch up with graduates of the Actors' Gang.
BBC Radio Scotland
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
David Lomax reports on the story of the Kamchatka crabs brought to the Arctic by Stalin.
Matthew Syed explores the puzzling but powerful phenomenon of home advantage in sport.
Lesley Curwen investigates the ways councils negotiate affordable housing with developers.
Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to hear about the lives of Afghan women as the troops depart.
A former British commander in Afghanistan examines what has been achieved by the campaign.
Hugh Levinson asks whether science and technology can end under-development in Africa
Bola Masuro follows four African students as they begin courses at British universities.
The harrowing personal stories that lie behind today's homeless headlines.
Dr John Wright, one of the first NHS volunteers in Sierra Leone, returns to the country.
Some of the world's most beautiful women discuss the ageing process.
Hugh Sykes finds out how life in Iraq has changed over the past decade
The writer Kevin Crossley-Holland meets fellow East Anglians affected by coastal erosion.
Film-maker Isis Thompson considers the impact of the 2011 riots five years on.