Nabokov's beautiful Christmas story of loss and redemption. Read by Robert Glenister.
Tim Samuels asks why increasing numbers of people are changing their name by deed poll.
The story of William Lloyd Webber, the genius who spawned a musical dynasty.
Lavinia Greenlaw pays poetic tribute to Luke Howard, the man who named the clouds.
Sue Broom cracks the code of the cryptic names that are given to genes by scientists.
Catherine Bott tells the story of Nancy Storace, an English star who worked with Mozart.
Historian Andrew Roberts dispels some myths about Napoleon Bonaparte.
Stephen Henry Gill follows poet Basho's path to areas of Japan devastated by the tsunami.
Series featuring some of Europe's most unusual minority TV stations with Nigel Cassidy
Vivienne Parry explores the deaths and immune systems of heroines of English literature.
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Natalie Haynes attempts to find the algorithm to determine the perfect joke.
People of all ages from around the country describe their own obsessive rituals
Dramas, documentaries and interviews marking the 50th anniversary of the National Theatre
Series of comic profiles celebrating the living artists they deem to be 'iconic icons'
Lawrence Pollard presents a series comparing the cultural values of two national treasures
Mark Simpson looks at the history of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Will Hutton and guests debate the role of nationalisation in the postwar reconstruction.
Michael Portillo investigates nature's tyrants
Carmen Pryce investigates the inner world of the young child.
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Scientists select and discuss precedessors who inspired their work and lives.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
Natural history programme offering a unique insight into the natural world
Matthew Hill explores the science behind the psychiatric disorder paedophilia.
Laurie Taylor seeks out the local censors who privately vetted controversial films.
Why are books about the Third Reich such an ongoing publishing phenomenon in the UK?
Anthony Noel profiles the work of 4 garden writers who have changed the British landscape
Sci-fi comedy series by Graham Duff, set in the year 2099
The story of Allegra, Byron's illegitimate daughter, who haunted her father's imagination.
Playwright and satirist Alistair Beaton presents a tribute to his friend and colleague.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
4 Extra Debut. The story of Ira Aldridge, a 19th-century actor who defied racial prejudice
As death threatens to separate Laurel and Hardy, Stan tries to say things left unsaid.
London Below. Richard Mayhew finds himself in a mysterious subterranean world
Neil Tennant recalls his stint, from Christmas 1982, on pop's most successful magazine.
Julia Hobsbawm explores the past, present and future of networking.
Patrick Humphries takes an affectionate look at the little-known story of movie trailers.
Adil Ray takes a light-hearted look at how the lack of brown faces in rock and pop.
A series of newly-published stories that examine contemporary life across the water
James Naughtie asks if British diplomacy is still fit for purpose
New story by writer-performer John Osborne about life, love, friendship and growing older.
Sian Williams, Jim Naughtie and guests consider the cultural identity of a London landmark
Olivia O'Leary follows historian Theodore Zeldin in the quest to reform conversation.
The Good Friday Agreement is 15 years old. But for some, Northern Ireland remains violent.
Tim Samuels explores the sharing economy, as espoused by chancellor George Osbourne
James Naughtie profiles 60 public figures nominated to mark the diamond jubilee
Andrew Luck-Baker meets today's telescope builders and astronomers
Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times, examines the global financial situation
How have Indians moved so rapidly from running cornershops to running corporations?
Ian Sansom on the contemporary poetry scene emerging in Northern Ireland.
Could a strange dog from remote New Guinea have been man's first best friend?
Navdip Dhariwal investigates the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in Britain.
Series of stories by some of Ireland's most exciting and talented writers
Matt Frei looks at how the digital revolution is changing the face of American media.
Malcolm McLaren celebrates the life of fashion designer Christian Dior.
How has the global ecomonic crash affected the courses taught in business schools?
Martin Goodman visits iconic new cultural buildings in search of a 'New North' of England
Mike Wooldridge reports on the quiet economic inroads into Africa being made by India.
Roger Law visits Yi Wu in China, fast becoming the biggest market place in the world.
Scientist and arts lover Dr Mark Lythgoe looks at the divide between the disciplines
Why is there such an increasing demand for Danish sperm donors? Kate Brian investigates.
Martha Kearney follows the experiences and explores the hopes of new MPs at Westminster.
Michael Robinson explores the dramatic changes happening in the workplace.
Stories to mark the New Year, by new writers from Scotland
Sitcom by Adam Rosenthal and Viv Ambrose, set 100,000 years BC among a proto-human tribe
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