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'.
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
Michael Alexander explores the place of 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.
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.
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 ordinary people's links with the past
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
Exploring students', teachers' and parents' experiences of music grade exams.
Paul Morley charts a history of popular music through recording studios
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.
Matthew Parris delves deep into hate poems, curses and vindictive spells.
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
Matthew Sweet reveals the untold story of film critic Harold McCarthy.
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
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 Mr Bojangles, the name and the song.
Peter Day explores the wayward genius of Irish writer Flann O'Brien on his centenary.
Tristram Hunt on a tale of two cities, and their contrasting response to the US Civil War.
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.
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
Adam Hart-Davis reports on a major research project to map underground Britain.
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
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 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.
The journalist turned politician asks if standing for parliament in 1997 was worth it.
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.
Amateur magician Jolyon Jenkins investigates the links between numbers and illusion.
In the 60s, cinemas opened their doors to the latest music sensations. With Andrew Collins
David Aaronovitch challenges popular conceptions about the McCarthy period.
Mike Embley looks at the alliance between teenage offenders and unwanted dogs.
Dom Joly explores life with mobile phones. After 25 years, could we go cold turkey now?
Jolyon Jenkins presents a series about poisons
Former world judo champion Neil Adams attempts to meet fellow judo expert Vladamir Putin.
John Lloyd celebrates 30 years of The Meaning of Liff with Matt Lucas and Helen Fielding.
Sitcom written by Susie Donkin, Charlotte McDougall, Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling
William Andrews and Greg McHugh's sketch show mixing live and studio material
Allison Curbishley explores the silent but crucial presence of judges at sporting events.
Steve Hewlett presents a topical programme about the fast-changing media world
Are we are turning normal human behaviour into medical conditions?
Will the book that classifies mental illness lead to the medicalisation of grief?
Mary Kenny reflects on a tendency to medicalise as depression what was once melancholia.
The American essayist presents a series of audience readings.
Britain's Muslim-Jewish couples share their remarkable stories with Zubeida Malik.
Exploring the success of the 210,000-strong community of Patels in Britain.
High-profile figures, in conversation with John Wilson, replay their own sound archive