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.
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
Sound recordist Chris Watson investigates man-made noise pollution and its effects.
20 years after Iraq invaded Kuwait, Kirsty Norman tells her story of being taken hostage
Sarfraz Manzoor talks to US students who have opted for a racially segregated education.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
Edward Stourton explores the River Jordan
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?
Writer Ian Sansom explores his own and others' enduring obsession with notebooks.
Writers, artists and entertainers take a new look at the 2008 European Capital of Culture
Sketch show from the deranged mind of comedian Miriam Elia
A service of celebration in Westminster Abbey, introduced by Nicholas Witchell.
The Queen, the Royal Family and senior government figures gather in Westminster Abbey.
Two short stories about Scottish shepherd George Donald and his sheep in 1920s London
Comedy. Robert Purcell QC applies faultless legal logic to his disastrous personal life
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Liz Barclay meets the owners of the small businesses which keep the UK economy running
Laurie Taylor explores the world of the travelling salesman.
Reporter Andrew Bomford examines the grammar school selection system in parts of England
Comedian Stewart Lee explores the early pioneers and rumblings of electronic music.
David Conn examines the real legacy of the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.
Nina Perry sheds light on the musicality, rituals and personal stories of the spring clean
Jackie Clune dated women for 12 years until she married a man. She explores this subject.
eden ahbez is known for just one song, but it was a song that became world famous.
John Waite follows those student protesters most likely to be affected by funding changes.
Caroline Holmes discovers how Australians are adapting to the reality of climate change
Jenny Clayton visits Dubai and Abu Dhabi to see how they are coping with the credit crisis
On the 40th anniversary of Britain joining Europe, Edward Stourton reunites key players.
Director Mehmet Ergen returns home to lift the curtain on Turkish theatre.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
Writer, broadcaster and comedian Simon Fanshawe examines the art of creating comedy.
How an 18th century giant is helping his descendants avoid growing to his extreme height.
Amanda Burton and Bronagh Gallagher star in a play exploring Derry-Londonderry.
Robin Denselow meets the remaining members of the eclectic Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Commemorating the heroes of the air who fought for their country in the summer of 1940.
As Liverpool's Everyman Theatre prepares to reopen, hear from those who worked there.
David Hepworth explores what, if anything, can be learned from listening to popular music.
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.
Family and colleagues recall the life and personality of artist Gwen John.
Aasmah Mir explores five themes chosen to encapsulate Scots' contribution to the world
A look at the relationship between New Labour and Rupert Murdoch's News International.
Dominic Dromgoole goes in search of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse, Blackfriars Theatre.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
Writer and poet Gwyneth Lewis visits the remote island in the Bristol Channel
John Simpson tells the stories of the correspondents who reported on the Spanish Civil War
Adam Buxton offers some personal observations from the past week.
Gwyneth Lewis explores the fascinating history of the Somali community of Tiger Bay.
By Laura Morris. In a single day a child's fantasies turn to sludgy brown water.
Five stories by Welsh writers
US satirist Joe Queenan presents a series on people with highly unusual occupations
Sue Perkins explores the house of Dr Johnson, author of the great English dictionary.
Alcoholics Anonymous calls it "the Bible" : literary critic John Sutherland delves deeper.
Interspersed readings from poetry collections by Eleanor Farjeon and Wendy Cope.
Comedy series about the unique relationship between dogs and their owners
Why does the singing voice of a boy inspire us? Chris Gabbitas explores treble appeal.
An exploration of characters we know and love on TV or radio, but who rarely appear
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
Four dining-related comedies
Author Alexander McCall Smith explores W H Auden's fascination with music and song.
Sian Pari Huws visits Rhayader in Mid Wales which seems to be run entirely by volunteers.
Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess
An act of worship and music
Host Simon Mayo pits the comic generations against each other
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
Five actors read self-penned stories
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Stories on the theme of addictions and obsessions
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor makes an emotional return home to Togo.
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
Mike McCartney follows the construction of a memorial to the late poet Adrian Henri.
Mike Embley explores the adult autistic mind.
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.
Alan Dein discovers the surprising history of the adventure playground.
Programme exploring the background, effect and lasting appeal of some well-loved poems
Comedy drama series by Lynne Truss set in 1950s Brighton
Advertising executive Robin Wright presents a history of the advertising industry
People who only have a short time left to live give advice to the rest of us.
Sarfraz Manzoor revisits a 1980s sociological study of Luton with Professor Fiona Devine.
Eddie Mair chairs a debate about the continuing western involvement in Afghanistan.
Robin Denselow reports on Africa, 50 years after many countries became independent
Five Africans recount their experiences of independence in 1960
Hugh Levinson asks whether science and technology can end under-development in Africa