Nick Barraclough pays tribute to the art of the backing vocalist.
Sarfraz Manzoor talks to US students who have opted for a racially segregated education.
The story of the competition to become the first pilot to fly across the English Channel.
Chris Ledgard reports on attempts to modernise horse racing.
The story of feminist pioneer Sylvia Pankhurst's campaign for Ethiopian independence.
Highlighting a charity and appealing for donations. The presenters donate their time.
The Radio 4 Christmas Appeal 2014 will be launching later this year.
A compilation of all 24 'windows' from the Radio 4 Comedy Advent Calendar.
Francine Stock chairs a topical debate recorded before an audience at the Hay Festival.
Michael Symmons Roberts describes the beauty of Psalters and sets out to make his own.
Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas host an irreverent romp through Radio 4's broadcasting history.
A compilation of some of Seamus Heaney's notable contributions to radio.
Joanna Tope reads from E Nesbit's classic 1906 children's novel
Children adopted by cabaret star Josephine Baker recall their strange upbringing.
Stephen Merchant presents an appreciation of one of America's best-loved TV sitcoms.
Adam Hart investigates whether scientists can bring extinct animals back from the dead?
Programme joining notable and interesting people for a walk through the countryside
History series investigating stories taken from archive newspapers
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan from people who had a close connection to him
Nitin Sawhney explores the life of Indian musician Ravi Shankar.
Philippa Kennedy explores the growth in the local newspaper industry
John Waite asks why one of the world's most successful publishers has hit hard times.
Michael Morpurgo on the changing experience of learning to read over the last 70 years
Documentary following the commissioning process of this week's Afternoon Readings.
Series of three stories by Bath writers from the stage of the city's Literature Festival
Jon Manel investigates the world of the apprentice.
A journey exploring the man Eric Blair and the writer George Orwell
A look at the political and social backdrop of great operas, alongside the plots and music
Dom Joly meets the researchers at the bottom of the political heap.
Adil Ray on whether real community leaders are anything like his comedy character Mr Khan.
Hero or villain? Joshua Levine goes on a journey to discover the real Peter Rachman.
A look into the shadowy world of Britain's security services
Series following Christian and Buddhist monks and nuns as they mix with other communities
Justin Rowlatt presents a discussion series involving experts and people closely involved
David Quantick presents a distinctive appraisal of playwright NF 'Wally' Simpson.
The Happening, that essential feature of 60s bohemia, is back. Far out, or too late?
Series which seeks to challenge the prevailing atmosphere of doom and gloom
Justine Picardie explores Daphne Du Maurier's legacy and her influence on modern writers.
Douglas Fraser goes inside RBS to discover how new management are turning the bank around.
Territorial Army Major Will Robson gives an insider's insight into the mission in Helmand.
Matthew Bannister tells the story of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 1980s to now.
Simon Hoggart hears pearls of wisdom from MPs and peers
Sitcom by Paul Bassett Davies about two men sitting behind a desk
Dr B's restaurant was set up 20 years ago. Peter White asks if it has been a success.
Winifred Robinson investigates the extent and effects of teenage drinking in Britain.
The power of scepticism to both support and attack science.
Fast-paced sketch show about modern communication, media noise and contemporary obsessions
Tazeen Ahmed examines MI5's attempts to recruit informants from within Muslim communities.
Old BBC programmes chopped up and turned into something new.
A look behind the scenes with the world-renowned Aerobatic team, the Red Arrows.
Louise Puck Hansen looks at the demand in eastern Europe for items from the old regimes.
Angus Deayton presents the tale of Redonda, an uninhabitated rock claimed by nine kings.
Reece Shearsmith hosts energetic and witty illustrated discussions on the horror genre
Peter France narrates the story of a Fenland reed bed, recorded sound expert Chris Watson
Referendum Campaign Broadcast by the No campaign regarding changing the UK voting system.
A campaign broadcast for the referendum on changing the UK voting system on 5th May.
Well known individuals interviewed on their lives, careers and spiritual opinions.
Series of brief extracts from diverse writings following Margaret Thatcher's rise and fall
Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their lives and times.
Will Robson looks at the Army's regimental system as evolving war and cuts force change.
Writers and musicians offer guides to cities with which we think we are already familiar.
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
Christopher Cook explores the history of rejected movie music.
Gwyneth Powell explores the work of Relate, the counselling organisation for relationships
Jolyon Jenkins tells the story of the Spanish boy chosen as a reincarnated Tibetan lama.
Christopher Matthew and friends remember the wit and vitality of Alan Coren.
James Naughtie presents a tribute to Alistair Cooke, who would have been 100 this week.
Winifred Robinson returns to the Bulger family, 20 years after the murder of their son.
Ian Peacock discovers why certain smells can transport us back to our childhood.
Irma Kurtz travels to Monet's Giverny garden to hear how losing his sight changed his work
As Auschwitz's buildings crumble, how should we preserve this site of a terrible crime?
Original insights into major news stories and topical investigations
How Spain's one million-strong British expatriate community are weathering the recession.
Martin Wainwright looks at our national night time obsession - with the beauty of moths.
The story of artist Donald Crossley's quest for the truth in his own life.
Journalist Sami al-Hajj talks to Gavin Esler about the years he was held in Guantanamo Bay
Comedy series by Lynne Truss, set in and around a Brighton police station in the 1950s
Bettany Hughes looks at Edward Burne Jones's greatest work, The Sleep of Arthur in Avalon.
Sue Armstrong reports on a daring plan to save the South China tiger from extinction
Reeta Chakrabarti follows the reopening of Birmingham Town Hall
Mary Harper reports from Angola on the return of the Portuguese to their former colony.
The BBC Philharmonic returns to Japan for an emotional tour for the first time since 2011.
Neil McCarthy follows the trail of Brian Jones in search of world music's first stars.
Winifred Robinson returns to the now notorious Liverpool estate where she moved in 1962.
Mike Greenwood visits Alamein on the trail of a unique anthology of World War Two poems.