John McCarthy explores the life of Arthur Ransome through the boats he once owned.
Tracing the histories of some of the most passionate pieces of music ever written
A look at one of the most deceptively simple jobs in music.
Vivienne Parry explores the similarities between emotional and physical pain.
Rob Brydon explores the complex character of Kenneth Williams
Adam Gopnik on Edward Hopper's famous painting of a lonely bar in night-time New York.
Lyse Doucet visits Pakistan to find out how it is coping after July's devastating floods.
Danny Robins asks if the Catholic Church can inject new morality into Italian football.
As the Glasgow Games begin, Dr Joya Chatterji explores the history of the Commonwealth.
Public figures revisit their paper round route and reveal how it influenced their lives
Literary spoof series featuring chapters of imaginary best-selling novels
The story of the islanders forced to leave to make way for a military base in the 1960s.
Kirsty Lang visits Paris to tell the story of its riverside booksellers, les bouqinistes.
Matthew Sweet re-examines Parkinson's Law. Does work expand to fill the time allocated?
Historian Tristram Hunt explores Britain's parks and the people who created them
Huw Cordey and friends search for one of the planet's last real wildernesses in Guyana
Matthew Parris marks the passing of the valedictory despatch from British ambassadors
Mike Berlin tells the story of an influential left-wing London coffee house set up in 1958
Sitcom by Tom Basden about a group of young idealists trying to set up a political party
Topical sitcom by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis
Can the US Republican Party stop tearing itself apart and start to retake the country?
Sara Parker reports from the wealthy borough of Clapham.
Jolyon Jenkins explores the world of street performance and busking.
Michael Alexander presents a profile of the life and work of novelist Penelope Fitzgerald.
Victoria Wood's bitter-sweet comedy about two sisters reluctantly reunited on a TV show.
Five stories by F Scott Fitzgerald about Hollywood hack Pat Hobby
Rory Cellan-Jones investigates whether patents are harming innovation more than they help.
As antibiotic resistance increases, Dr Stuart Flanagan investigates what the future holds.
Bobby Friction talks to adults who are learning English from scratch in the UK.
The life and legacy of Donald Bennett, one of Britain's least celebrated heroes.
Toby Litt investigates what brought the poet Paul Celan to an ordinary North London street
The stand-up rewrites the UK Citizenship Test to reflect his ideas about modern Britain
The UK's 22nd best quizzer, an international contest, and why trivia is serious business.
The adventures of writer and amateur private detective, Paul Temple.
The amateur detective and wife Steve pursue a deadly and mysterious criminal mastermind
By Gillian and Catrin Clarke. The lives of a street trader and a busker suddenly converge.
Series of short stories by new writers
Nick Robinson and panel discuss whether our current pay structure is the right one.
Anne McElvoy asks if reform is likely to the way political parties are funded.
Nick Barraclough tells the story of US DJ Alan Freed, the Pluggers and the Payola scandal.
Clive Anderson traces the story of political correctness
Bridget Kendall evaluates America's 'missionaries of democracy' in the Peace Corps.
Northern Irish journalists and politicians talk about their lives since the Troubles
How Northern Ireland's politicians are sharing their experiences of conflict resolution.
Spoof obituary series by Chris Chantler and Howard Read
How a poem of love, loss and solace speaks from the 14th century to us today.
Sue Broom looks at the latest developments in the field of animal cloning
Winifred Robinson investigates the increasing violence seen on the streets of Peckham.
The image of the humanities academic, past and present, in the public imagination.
Mark Whitaker investigates the tarnished image of a flawed scientific process.
Returning to live in Britain, Peggy Seeger reflects on a life full of family and music.
Robin Denselow meets the remaining members of the eclectic Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Michael Morpurgo tells the story of Penguin books, founded by his father-in-law Allen Lane
Humphrey Ker, David Reed and Thom Tuck give their take on Victorian comedy
Kamal Ahmed asks how far the Bank of England will need to change under its new governor.
Series of linked comedies by Simon Brett
Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explores life in the playground today
Libby Purves follows the way Britain prepared for the assault on Normandy in June 1944.
Documentary series looking at modern life in Britain's cathedrals
Harry Enfield explores the history of the Royal Festival Hall through music and anecdotes.
Jolyon Jenkins investigates the current boom in statues and public art.
Dominic Sandbrook charts the development of the post office
Omnibus edition. Dominic Sandbrook charts the development of the post office
Andrew Neil offers a portrait of Margaret Thatcher via the voices of those she governed.
David Attenborough tells of Percy Fitzpatrick, industrialist, author and politician.
David Attenborough hosts a celebration of bird impersonator Percy Edwards.
Charlie Luxton celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of architect Andrea Palladio.
Terence Curran goes behind the scenes with classical performers in the recording studio
Hayden Lorimer explores the double life of Walter Poucher, photographer and perfumer.
Paul Farley seeks out the famous visitor who interrupted Coleridge's writing of Kubla Khan
Timandra Harkness discovers links between political choices and how our brains function.
Comedy quiz which sees a new guest host present a unique show each week
Stories about seeing the familiar with new eyes.
How social psychology and behavioural economics can be exploited to make us behave better.
Robert Peston talks to four key individuals about the global financial meltdown
A celebration of the life and music of the late folk singer and activist Pete Seeger.
Pianist and entertainer Rainer Hersch assesses the classic children's musical.
Actor and director Peter Bogdanovich gives his personal view of Hollywood
A celebration of the life and work of the late poet and broadcaster Peter Porter.
Dramas and comedies from the popular British TV and radio writer and novelist
Journalist and author Jon Ronson examines Number 10's e-petitioning system
The story of a man who obeyed his instincts and potentially saved a nuclear holocaust.
Programme following the workers at Peugeot's UK car plant as it shuts down production.
Laverne Antrobus tells the story of the Phelophepa Health Train in rural South Africa.
Patrick Humphries explores rock star Phil Collins's impressive Alamo collection.
Phil Hammond spends a day at a golf club in a desperate bid to understand the game.
Best-selling author Philip Pullman talks to his former schoolteacher Enid Jones.
Phill Jupitus offers some insights into the world of the satirical newspaper comic strip.
Phill Jupitus meets the creators of some of his favourite comic strips
Matthew Sweet examines philosophical problems with a live audience in a pub
A series of late night thrillers, each connected by a mysterious mobile phone
Trevor Cox on the physics behind the way orchestral instruments make their unique sound.
Brian Cox meets some celebrity physics enthusiasts, including Alan Alda and Eddie Izzard.