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Jon Manel uncovers new evidence of methods used by some newspapers to get their stories.
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The News Quiz gets a US makeover with an all-American panel
Topical panel quiz show, taking its questions from the week's news stories
Sandi Toksvig chairs the topical comedy quiz.
Sandi Toksvig chairs the satirical panel game.
A look back at the stories that hit the headlines in the past year
John Osborne tells of his adventures when he started replying to newsagent window adverts.
Highlights from the last series of BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show.
Can we predict the next deadly pandemic? Alok Jha investigates.
Simon Fanshawe explores the art of the quiz-setter.
Chris Bowlby looks at the role of doctors over the sixty-year history of the NHS
A series of debates examining funding dilemmas as the NHS marks its sixtieth anniversary
Liz Barclay asks if online patient feedback can really improve standards in the NHS
Lesley Curwen investigates cultural failings in the NHS
Steve Richards looks back on Nick Clegg's rollercoaster ride in power
Series of comic plays starring character comedian Nick Mohammed
Comedy sketches and monologues by Nick Mohammed and friends
Surviving astronauts reveal the story of their 1969 mission to the moon. Mockumentary.
DBC Pierre reassesses the work of writer and scientist Nigel Balchin.
Mark Doyle asks if Nigeria will become a full democracy or be torn apart by violence.
Jackie Ashley investigates the standard of hospital care at nights and at weekends.
Sarah Moore meets bird rescuer Jean Hains, who helps young Manx Shearwaters.
Director, author and performer Neil Bartlett explores the myth and song of the nightingale
Poet Paul Farley flies over London in a police helicopter and reflects on the city below.
Tim van Eyken investigates songs of seduction and ghosts - the night visiting songs.
The story of Russia's three all-female war regiments that flew more than 30,000 missions.
David Tennant reads disturbing Victorian vampire stories
George Melly recalls performing, partying and other nocturnal pleasures.
Justin Adams on the Egyptian singer who dominated Middle Eastern culture and politics.
The remarkable story of the Mangeshkar sisters - revered by Bollywood fans the world over.
Farcical tale by Gogol, adapted by Rene Basilico
Edward Stourton explores the impact of the famous river on the people of Egypt
Did the number zero come out of religious culture in ancient India? Alex Bellos explores.
James Maw visits a funeral pyre built for the cremation of Indian Army soldiers of WW1.
An insight into the intoxicating thrills of British motorcycle speedway.
Sitcom about the lives and squabbles of three very different sisters. By Simon Brett
Trevor Phillips talks to Marine Le Pen and others about extremism in Europe and the UK.
Annie Freud explores the work of the all-American poet, William Carlos Williams.
For Biddy, this newfangled device created many more problems than it actually solved.
Peter White talks to disabled people who have achieved outstanding success in their field
Ian McMillan fights the cause of 'sodcasters', perpetrators of tinny mobile phone music.
Why do some scientists win a Nobel Prize, while others, equally deserving, are ignored?
Sir Antony Sher tells the story of the WWI poet Isaac Rosenberg.
Poet Dean Atta considers his response to one of the most controversial of words.
A wife's selflessness may conceal a hidden agenda. Surprisingly modern comedy.
Prof David Hendy on the role of sound and listening in 100,000 years of human history
Kathleen Jamie explores the legacy of the Norn language among Shetland's poets.
Ian Marchant takes a trip along the line dividing the North of England from the South
Comedy by Katherine Jakeways about the inhabitants of a small town in Northamptonshire
Robin Denselow examines the growing influence of the Mexican drug ballad, or narcocorrido.
Oldham Council has to make cuts of £25 million. Where will the axe fall? Who will be hit?
As Derry-Londonderry becomes the UK City of Culture, William Crawley considers identity.
The unlikely career and startling fall from grace of a great writer.
Short stories by Norwegian writers
Stuart Maconie looks at how to end a piece of music.
The life of Johnny Morris, told by his friend and former co-presenter Terry Nutkins.
Matthew Parris explores the vocabulary of politics
Stewart Henderson tells the story of music hall and variety theatre veteran Arthur Tolcher
A portrait of Martinique's most famous son, poet and politician Aime Cesaire.
Louis de Bernieres's book of linked stories about a fictional Surrey village
Comedy sketches and satirical comments from Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and guests
The story of Izal Medicated toilet paper, with songs written by presenter Sally Goldsmith.
Martin Plimmer looks at the ever-increasing pace of life and its consequences for us.
Richard Black asks how the UK is going to store its radioactive waste.
Alexander McCall Smith's project to open an opera house in a disused garage in Botswana.
The story of how Botswana has become Africa's leading exponent of crime investigation.
Comedy series that follows a community psychiatric nurse on her rounds
Navid Akhtar examines the legacy of the influential Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
The life of Aneurin Bevan, remembered by those who knew him.