Stage and science collide to show how laboratory research could make fairytales a reality.
Exploring the legacy of musician and broadcaster Jack Jackson.
Dan Cruickshank retraces Jack London's 1902 footsteps that he made among the East End poor
The late Jack Rosenthal's memoirs, written in the form of a screenplay
Nick Perry's dramatisation of the iconic '70s crime novel that became the film Get Carter.
Michael Rosen explores Jack and the Beanstalk, one of Britain's classic folk tales.
Rory Bremner explores the pioneering satire of Tati's Monsieur Hulot films.
Anne McElvoy meets leading figures from the new generation at the top of British politics
Anne McElvoy looks at the growing political influence of the children of the 1980s
Chris Salewicz explores cult Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come
Comedian James Acaster presents the results of his research into the subject of 'bread'.
James Aldred encounters one of the world's most powerful birds of prey, the harpy eagle.
Professional tree climber James Aldred climbs one of Britain's tallest trees.
Following James Aldred as he builds a giant tree house in the rainforest in Gabon
Prof David Cannadine sets James Bond and his creator in their historical context.
Peter White visits Dublin on the day the city pays tribute to Joyce's great novel Ulysses.
James Joyce's Ulysses dramatised by Robin Brooks. Introduced by Mark Lawson.
Dramatic adaptations of the American author's classic crime novels
What does the response to last year's tsunami and meltdown tell us about modern Japan?
Jared Diamond argues that slight differences in geography can have profound consequences.
Jason looks at happiness in the workplace with Chris Ramsey, Dr Sandra Scott and his mum.
Comedian Jason Cook guides listeners through life's tricky situations
Chandy Nath explores the properties of the wild tropical plant Jatropha.
Chandy Nath visits India to explore the extraordinary Jatropha plant.
Scientists analyse a small jawbone found in Kent's Cavern in Torquay over 80 years ago.
Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise of rap music entrepreneur Jay-Z.
Hannah Rothschild tells the story of her eccentric great aunt Pannonica Rothschild.
A service celebrating Ascension Day from St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Poland 1956, eight young Londoners blow hot jazz during the Cold War and enter history.
The story of jazz outdoors, from the streets of New Orleans to a flyover in Birmingham.
Paul Morley tests the contention that jazz is dead, a victim of its own history.
Mary Stephenson remembers the novelist Jean Rhys in the final months of her life.
One-man performances by Martin Jarvis from the Cheltenham Literature Festival
Jemima Khan investigates the practice of polygamy in the UK today.
Helena Kennedy QC examines the unexpected consequences of legal reforms
Jeremy Hardy returns to the airwaves with a broadcast of national comic import
Charlotte Mullins joins two artists as they celebrate the South Bank's regeneration.
Jason Manford celebrates the life of entertainer Jimmy Jewel.
Ruth Cowen marks the 150th anniversary of the act which allowed Jews to sit in parliament
Sybille Bedford's story of a young girl growing up in Europe between the wars
Stand-up comedians combine their talents to piece together a rapid-fire sketch show
Amardeep Bassey traces the evolution of the jihadi network in Britain.
Stanley Baxter reads from Neil Munro's tales of a travelling salesman in Scotland
Jo C holds forth with a glorious mixture of bitchy friendliness and foot-in-mouth populism
Jo Caulfield hosts, as funny people tell true stories at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
Joan visits choral assemblies across the country
Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading talks to leading guitarists about their music
Joan Armatrading talks to leading guitarists about their music and guitar technique
Lesley Garrett tells the story of operatic comedienne Joan Turner.
Liz Barclay meets job seekers whose search for employment is aided by business mentors
Lesley Riddoch compares benefits offered to members of British Parliaments and Assemblies.
Paul Henry's comic tale about a man down on his luck seeking solace. Read by Mark Meadows.
Presenter Eddi Fiegel explores the songwriting of John Barry through a lost interview.
The story of John Curwen, who devised the tonic sol-fa method of musical annotation.
Sketch show from the writer of Radio 4's Cabin Pressure, John Finnemore
Poetry inspired by works of art
John Mayall presents a homage to the British rhythm and blues scene of the early 1960s.
The late Sir John Mortimer, in conversation with Mark Lawson.
This is an ode to radio, rare records and anyone who has sought solace in the wireless.
The work of the writer John Wyndam, who gave us 'The Day of the Triffids'.
Danny Robins explores the little-known story of Johnny Cash the prison reformer.
Sarfraz Manzoor explores Johnny Cash's interest in Scotland after tracing his Fife roots.
Barry Cryer explores the history of the joke book, from the fourth century to the present.
The story of the director of Berlin Zoo who attempted to resurrect extinct animal species.
Jon Ronson and guests examine a series of diverse stories and subjects
Jonathan Edwards presents a series exploring how science shapes and explains our world
Actor and writer Joseph Tomelty in conversation with John Boyd.
Josephine Hart explores the work of great poets at live events at the British Library
Comedy series in which Josie Long attempts to better herself through learning
Following the travels of the winners of the annual BBC/RGS's dream journey competition
In search of Komitas, whose musical talent turned him into the voice of Albania.
Toby Litt scours Armenia for the spirit of the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam.
Immigrants to Britain share their stories with Mike Berlin
Alan Bennell of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh praises the humble mushroom.
Mukti Jain Campion explores the new global interest in Indian-style ingenuity.
Miles Warde on Archaos, the touring French circus described as the sickest show on earth.
Steve Jones asks if people can be 'born bad"'- as was said of the infamous Jukes family.
A year after the ash cloud, Chris Watson goes on his own volcanic adventure.
Julie Fowlis is on a mission to celebrate and preserve her culture through Gaelic song.
Dominic Prince, 47 years old and sixteen and a half stones, tries to become a jockey.
By Mick Jackson. Three strange tales in which children become involved in science
Panel game in which players must speak for one minute on any subject asked of them
Nicholas Parsons looks at 'JAM' tournaments in Indian colleges, inspired by Just a Minute.
To mark actor Peter Falk's recent death, we explore why Columbo was such a TV original.
Vivienne Parry presents the science behind some of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
Huw Williams presents a compendium of Christmas joy and misery.
Martin Jarvis performs classic Richmal Crompton stories for a live theatre audience.
Five classic stories by Richmal Crompton, adapted by Martin Jarvis
Helena Kennedy QC explores the power of law in the pages of classic fiction.
About to be a dad for a second time, Justin has worries that he got it wrong first time.
Janet Todd celebrates Jane Austen's surprisingly neglected early works.