Matt McGrath looks at usage of the performance-enhancing drug EPO among athletes.
Francis Pryor reports on a vast archaeological project challenging existing theories.
Roger Law embarks on a journey to understand controversial artist Caravaggio
How the oldest people on the planet are helping scientists to unlock the secrets of ageing
Behind the scenes of the security operation at the Olympic Games.
Comedy set in an Essex job centre, written by Steven Burge
BBC Radio 4 joins the BBC World Service for a selection of programmes.
A selection of BBC World Service news, business and science programmes
BBC World Service
Will Self embarks on a 50-kilometre walking tour of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Ian Marchant explores the rise of self-service. Who benefits - consumers or big business?
Sitcom about a man who moves into a storage unit after the break-up of his marriage
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen reports on the international success of British luxury brands.
The Europeans who are trying to persuade China's middle class to buy European fine foods.
Writers, artists and entertainers take a new look at the 2008 European Capital of Culture
Mariella Frostrup examines the growing phenomenon of couples who choose to live apart.
Exploring Balkan trumpet music, which is celebrated at the Guca Festival in Serbia.
Six people reflect on the story of Jesus from their own perspective
Jolyon Jenkins investigates the seamy side of the cruise business
Sketch show from the deranged mind of comedian Miriam Elia
Iain MacWhirter recalls a famously controversial speech made by Margaret Thatcher.
BBC Radio Scotland
A service of celebration in Westminster Abbey, introduced by Nicholas Witchell.
The Queen, the Royal Family and senior government figures gather in Westminster Abbey.
Seth Lakeman attends the Newport Folk Festival to explore its history and influence.
Tim Blackmore examines the complex relationship between composer and commissioner.
A history of science in Britain from the Restoration to the present day
Sue Perkins revisits her former home-town Croydon, the mini-Manhattan of outer London.
Series which examines major issues from the point of view of those affected or involved
Peter White meets some of the youngsters who played a key role in the 2012 Olympics.
Radio 4 revisits the career defining book of the late Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown.
Shenshen, a modern young Shanghai woman, explores the new China.
Short season of programmes exploring modern sexuality in Britain
Tom Robinson explores the portrayal of homosexuality in the media from the 50s to the 70s.
Tom Robinson explores the portrayal of homosexuality in the media.
Chris Ledgard asks if gender testing will mean a level playing field for female athletes.
Miranda Sawyer uncovers hidden teenage sexual culture, from "shag bands" to internet porn.
Adam Rutherford explores the deep history of sex
Five short stories to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the album
Series reporting on how China's modernised military is creating a new arms race
Professor Julian Swann marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Louis XIV of France.
Stuart Maconie enters the bohemian world of the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris.
An exploration into why Shakespeare is so beloved in Germany.
Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories twenty objects tell us about Shakespeare's world.
BBC Radio 4 Extra
70 years after the Holocaust, young Israelis now see Berlin as a cool holiday destination.
Series investigating whether the civil service is 'fit for purpose', with Anne Perkins
Kate Best tells the story of the writer Denys Watkins-Pitchford, better known as 'B.B.'.
Shappi Khorsandi takes a comic look at family life
Series celebrating nature and exploring what can be done to conserve wildlife and habitats
Fi Glover hosts a series in which her guests discuss things they have in common.
Series exploring the complex interface between a growing human population and wildlife
Richard Peirce sets out from the Cornish port of Looe in order to catch British sharks
Sitcom by Tony Pitts. Two friends find themselves slipping inexorably into middle age
David Goldblatt discovers how one snowless Yorkshire city turned out Olympic skiers.
A pregnant teenage girl and her feckless mother trade insults in 1950s Salford.
How the politics of the late 1970s affected the most popular TV series' of the time.
Two short stories about Scottish shepherd George Donald and his sheep in 1920s London
Benedict Allen tries to solve the riddles of the world time-zone map.
Louisa Buck explores the work of Britain's leading abstract painter, Bridget Riley.
DJ Annie Nightingale looks at how Northern Soul music has become popular in Japan.
Jeanette Winterson celebrates the life and passing of the Titanic
Tom Mangold joins a spy-themed cruise of the Caribbean, speaking to two former CIA chiefs.
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