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.
Michael Rosen remembers Wilfred Scawen Blunt, atheist, libertine, adventurer and poet.
The great-niece of Ludwig Wittgenstein investigates the lives of her forebears.
Samuel Hahnemann's fight to establish homeopathy in early 19th century Germany.
Jolyon Jenkins investigates how accountants shaped the modern world
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Stories exploring with wit and humour how we all react to a glancing encounter with fame
Jeremy Summerly traces the origins and traditions of the Christmas carol in Britain
A service of celebration from the church of St Giles Cripplegate in the Barbican, London.
A celebration from St Martin in the Fields in London. Preacher is Rev Dr Giles Fraser.
Live service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with music from Vivaldi's Gloria.
The Archbishop of Canterbury preaches at a service from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
From St Sepulchre's Church London, featuring music by John Rutter and Imogen Holst.
From St Martin-in-the-Fields with the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.
Anna Chen presents a tribute to Hollywood's first Chinese-American star, Anna May Wong.
Series of monologues by Lynn Truss
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A funny, evocative memory of a boy's Christmas in Wales.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Writer, comedian and rock drummer Andrew McGibbon explores the history of the cymbal.
By James Hopkin. Stories that explore the history and landscape of the Dalmatian Islands
Five stories about a crime told from five separate points of view
Robert Peston investigates the murky world of financial algorithms.
Shaun Wallace visits his local library to see how the Dewey Decimal System works.
The inside story of a 'restorative justice' meeting between a burglar and his victim.
Sue MacGregor tells the story of the battle over a perfect T Rex.
Clare Balding meets the native dog breeds of Britain and Ireland which are endangered
The comic poet Elvis McGonagall explores the world of satirical verse.
Mike Wooldridge presents a series exploring what living on a dollar a day really means
Mary Robinson examines Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Yasmeen Khan investigates the problem of caring for elderly British Asians.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
Readings based on the autobiography and journals of Kathleen Scott, widow of Captain Scott
The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge
The poet Lavinia Greenlaw revels in Ezra Pound's manifesto, A Few Don'ts by an Imagiste.
Children's author Anne Fine examines the enduring appeal of the stories of Enid Blyton.
Three daring short stories by Nadine Gordimer, set in apartheid South Africa
Paul Farley explores the American poet Elizabeth Bishop's extraordinary years in Brazil.
Nicky Taylor delves into the murky world of extra marital affairs.
BBC correspondent Roland Buerk investigates Japan's growing "rent a friend" service sector
Julian Clary pays tribute to the wit and ingenuity of comedy musical acts.
Marcus Brigstocke assesses the performances of our elected representatives.
Simon Singh investigates the history of the most special numbers in maths
Stephen Evans reports on a memorial garden for the British people who died on 9/11.
Short stories by James Hopkin, inspired by his travels in Georgia in autumn 2008
Chris Bowlby reports on Hollywood's long search for anti-Nazi heroes.
Harriett Gilbert talks to two guests about their favourite books.
Anne McElvoy analyses what makes a good school.
Jo, diagnosed with cancer at the age of 29, walked the Great Wall of China for charity.
Brett Westwood presents a guide to Britain's coastal birds
How to recognise birds of the British countryside from their appearance, calls and songs
An entertaining guide to birds found in the garden
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
Brett Westwood presents a series of guides to identifying freshwater birds
Brett Westwood presents a series to help listeners identify different species
Rory McGrath explores the first gothic castle in English fiction.
Andrew Dilnot investigates the patterns and trends that have transformed Britain
Omninus edition of Prof Amanda Vickery's series revealing the hidden history of home
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
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.
150 years after the first shot was fired, how poetry reflected the American Civil War.
Susan Marling looks at work architects are doing to enhance healthcare buildings.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
A service celebrating Ascension Day from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Jason Manford celebrates the life of entertainer Jimmy Jewel.
Rowan Pelling investigates the magic of the kiss in all its delightful glory.
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Navid Akhtar examines the career of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
An exploration of the history,controversies and anomalies surrounding the Paralympic games
Neil Innes tells the story of Peter Handford, Britain's greatest sound recordist.
Series about scientific specialists
Travel writer Ian Marchant explores the hidden infrastructure of rubbish
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Vivienne Parry investigates why we know so little about premature birth.
Four comedies written for the many voices of June Whitfield
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
Lenny Henry experiences South Africa through its music
Vivienne Parry explores the deaths and immune systems of heroines of English literature.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
David Tennant reads disturbing Victorian vampire stories
George Melly recalls performing, partying and other nocturnal pleasures.
A portrait of Martinique's most famous son, poet and politician Aime Cesaire.
Moving insight into the experience of teenagers arriving alone to seek asylum in Britain.
Irma Kurtz looks at painter Henri Matisse's creative relationship with poetry and words.
An exploration of the differences between poetry and song.