The story of the 1950s naturalist Maxwell Knight, who led a secret existence as an MI5 spy
Historian Juliet Gardiner explores the surprising story of 'Motorway One'.
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John Hegley presents a poetic meditation on the M1, the transport backbone of Britain.
Benjamin Zephaniah explores the ancient oral tradition of southern Siberian throat singing
Natural history series presented by Richard Mabey
How Macau overtook Las Vegas to become the gambling capital of the world.
Michael Alexander on the place of TS Eliot, and poetry in general, in national culture.
Series comparing the known historical facts about Macbeth with Shakespeare's dramatisation
Jonathan Freedland reassesses Machiavelli and finds the inspiration for modern republics.
Jude Rogers and Ruth Barnes look at the empowering flipside of pop fandom.
Ken Arnold explores how three European countries variously tell the history of madness.
Anna Chen explores the history of the famous Chinese model operas.
Series of three innovative sound stories by Bristol-based writers
Vivienne Parry explores madness and mental health among heroines of classic fiction.
Enid Blyton's classic children's tale, adapted by Andrew Lynch
John Sugar explores the history of magic and the impact the internet has on magic.
Tracing the legacy of the cult Swiss-German writer Hermann Hesse.
Melvyn Bragg presents a series marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
Hugh Dennis explores the Magnificat, one of the most covered liturgical texts.
Mark Tully joins the vast crowds of pilgrims at the world's largest religious festival.
Three short stories written to celebrate Derry-Londonderry's status as UK City of Culture
Lucy Ash goes to Russia in search of Valentina Tereshkova, 50 years after her space flight
Mandy Baker explores efforts by our elected representatives to deliver a witty speech.
Gyles Brandreth discovers what it takes to become a national treasure.
Iain Sinclair, Peter Finch and Alan Brownjohn discuss sound and visual poet Bob Cobbing.
Series exploring the latest historical and archaeological research
Laurie Taylor tells the story of how Nelson Mandela became a moral icon in Britain.
Steve Richards presents a three-part series examining the news
Narrative history series exploring over 2,000 years of western medicine
A series chronicling the influences that affected the course of classical music
Tarek Osman traces characters and ideas that have shaped the modern Arab world
Series of comedies developed with the Comedians Theatre Company
Exploring students', teachers' and parents' experiences of music grade exams.
Paul Morley charts a history of popular music through recording studios
Surfer Helen Scales goes in search of the perfect man-made wave.
The blog of the Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai voiced by British girls her age.
Trevor Hoyle explores the life and work of author Malcolm Lowry, who died 50 years ago.
Jonathan Glancey explores the life and career of E-Type designer, Malcolm Sayer.
Four voices consider the legacy of Malcolm X in post-Ferguson America.
Matthew Parris delves deep into hate poems, curses and vindictive spells.
Middle-aged men in Lycra flock to Mallorca each year for its perfect cycling conditions.
Malmesbury in Wiltshire aims to establish itself as the country's 'Philosophy Town'.
Sitcom by David Nobbs, set in a small art museum staffed by eccentrics and obsessives
Three stories that explore men's relationships with their homes.
Matthew Sweet reveals the untold story of film critic Harold McCarthy.
John Humphrys visits the Greek home of travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.
Seema Anand unravels Iqbal's epic poem Shikwa, Man's heartrending complaint to God.
Phill Jupitus visits Nashville to meet Joe Chambers and his collection of rock memorabilia
Rob Walker investigates the mystery of a man found dead on a west London street.
Julian Barnes and Hermione Lee investigate Prosper Merimee, author and conservationist
James Naughtie thinks now is a timely moment for a reappraisal of Sir Walter Scott.
What happens when a habit for collecting other people's diaries gets out of hand?
Shaun Ley tells the tale of Maundy Gregory, who sold peerages on behalf of Lloyd George.
Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind tap dancer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson.
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
Actor David Morrissey celebrates Roger Hill, an unsung hero of the British arts scene.
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Tristram Hunt on a tale of two cities, and their contrasting response to the US Civil War.
Folk singer Eliza Carthy discovers Manchester's 19th-century broadside ballads.
Crime stories set in Manchester
Vicky Whitfield tells the story of the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857
John Harris takes a look at how writers in 1930s Manchester shaped our views of the north.
Jeanette Winterson presents a personal exploration of Manchester.
Fergal Keane takes a journey through the private notebooks and letters of Nelson Mandela.
Profile of Thomas Staley, who has bought the archives of UK writers for a Texas university
Exploring the Manhattan grid as city matrix, psychic space and a bold political ideal.
Adam Hart-Davis reports on a major research project to map underground Britain.
Dr Kat Arney meets a new generation of virtual cartographers, making maps to save lives.
Marc Riley unearths archive music interviews that share something in common.
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy finds his favourite forms in some highly unlikely places.
Peter Riddell explores the background to the many extraordinary moments of her premiership
Simon Armitage travels to the edge of the page in his exploration of marginalia.
An exclusive insight into world of the brilliant and original choreographer Mark Morris.
Comedian Mark Steel visits towns across the UK and creates a show for a local audience
Comedy drama series set in a Cambridge college
Mark Thomas's award winning show about his opera-loving father and their relationship.
Mark tells of obtaining permits in his campaign against the Serious Organised Crime Act.
Comedian and activist Mark Thomas creates a People's Manifesto
Stand-up, sketches and songs from comic Mark Watson
Mark attempts to answer the big questions, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden.
Mark Watson's quest to improve the world, nimbly assisted by Tim Key and Tom Basden
Gregg Wallace looks at the state of Britain's traditional street markets
A Christmas Carol, with a comic twist. An all-star cast perform Dickens' classic tale.
Philip Sweeney on music, crime and culture in Marseille, 2013 European City of Culture.
Allan Little recalls the postwar aid programme developed by General George Marshall.
A century ago the last passenger pigeon died. What drove billions of birds to extinction?
The journalist turned politician asks if standing for parliament in 1997 was worth it.
Martin Wainwright reassesses the old cliche that 'it's grim up North'
Glenn Mitchell profiles the visits to Britain of legendary comedy team The Marx Brothers.
Roland Buerk reports on the crisis in Japan's declining traditional kimono industry.
Comedy. Professor Joy Klamp is a specialist in the art of spoiling other people's pleasure
John Wilson talks with musicians about a career-defining album
As Barbie and Madonna both turn 50, Emily Maitlis asks which is the original Material Girl
Gareth Mitchell sits in for Quentin Cooper finding out what's new in the world of science.