Terence Blacker explores politically incorrect music over the last century
Artist Tacita Dean travels to Unesco in Paris on a mission to save photochemical film.
Magdi Abdelhadi talks to Egyptians about their hopes and fears for a 'new Egypt'.
Interview series with Fergal Keane in which he talks to individuals who have taken a stand
Familiar pieces of classical music re-examined.
Lyse Doucet asks diplomats and politicians how we should engage with brutal regimes.
Francine Stock explores our use of mind-altering substances and Aldous Huxley's influence.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
Jeremy Bowen hears first-hand accounts of the revolution which started in Tunisia
Christine Finn explores how authors' archive is kept, now they write on screens not paper.
Series that tracks down the stories behind the scores of well-known pieces of music
How Tarzan has enjoyed a hundred years swinging through the jungle of popular culture.
Michael Robinson shows how tax avoidance powers the spread of aggressive global companies.
No longer just for the rich, tutoring is booming in Britain. But is it worth the money?
Assessing 70 years of conflict and consensus since secondary education became free to all.
Tracey Logan explores the world of colour, from biology to fashion
Exploring the vast archive of Chaplin's unfinished scripts, letters and press cuttings
Do assumptions about teenage pregnancy stand up to scrutiny? Miranda Sawyer investigates.
Sarfraz Manzoor looks at the life of a teetotaller in the UK.
A journey into the triumphs and struggles of the Iranian diaspora in Los Angeles.
Howard Stableford meets the Ten Rare Men, the experts who rule on rare bird sightings.
Fergal Keane uncovers the roots of modern terrorism
William Hartson examines some of the great arguments in the history of science.
Keith Joseph's impact as the trailblazer for Thatcherism is assessed by James Landale.
Ian McMillan goes in search of one of Britain's strangest linguistic features.
Paul Morley on the 7-inch single's grand relative - the 12-inch - and its peak in the 80s.
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
David Lomax reports on the story of the Kamchatka crabs brought to the Arctic by Stalin.
Richard Dawkins decodes the discoveries and mysteries of the human genome sequence
Mark Rickards meets the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
Andrew Collins tells the story of Alan Smithee, prolific film director who never existed.
Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere
Essential drama from the heart of the country.
The week's events in Ambridge
A look back at programmes and recordings from the BBC archives
The life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.
Bob Dickinson visits a new festival of contemporary art in a nuclear bunker in Bosnia.
Richard Coles on the inspiration to artists of darkness and the Northern lights in Norway.
Author Rosie Dastgir explores how home and roots shape an artist's work and creativity.
Will Gompertz examines objects in the Royal Collection that define the British monarchy.
Peter Day salutes the graphic artists whose canvas was Radio Times, 90 years old this week
Guy Garvey on the challenge of turning a collection of songs into a single piece of art.
Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair's chief of staff, asks what makes a great foreign minister.
Composer Matthew Herbert takes a critical look at looping and sampling in modern music.
Will Gompertz investigates the artworks kept in our homes.
Author Patrick Leigh Fermor on walking through Europe in the 1930s.
Midge Ure investigates water's role as a constantly flowing source of musical inspiration.
Zaiba Malik on the Asian youth movements in the 1970s who fought for justice and equality.
Tim Boon tells the story of Percy Smith, a pioneer in the art of the natural history film.
Will an explosion in financial services aimed at the world's poorest help, or hurt, them?
An insightful, humorous piece of reportage from inside the barber shop.
A year after the fall of President Mubarak of Egypt, what happened to the revolution?
How a down-at-heel Parisian hotel became the world's avant-garde headquarters.
A look at the life and work of Amitabh Bachchan, the biggest star in Bollywood.
Dr Lucie Green reports on plans for a radio telescope the size of a continent.
Sarah Angliss uncovers the fascinating story of how we tried to teach the birds to sing.
Dr Laura Ashe reveals how our ideas of romantic love were born in 12th-century literature.
James Jones explores the moral dimensions of the economic crisis
The bishop of Liverpool talks to prisoners, politicians and pundits about the penal system
Exploring the lives of white women married to local Indian men who have made India home.
The story of one of the most controversial documents in US diplomatic history.
How the most gruelling fell race is inspiring a composer to write a new piece of music.
Lucy Fleming embarks upon a quest to discover more about her mysterious uncle Ian.
Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show
An audio portrait exploring the lives and ideas of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley.
The Transporter Bridge on Teesside is 100 years old, but will it survive another 100?
Comedy series in which, each week, Marcus Brigstocke is put in charge of a 'big thing'.
Paul Sinha finds some British Asians believe caste discrimination is alive and well in UK.
Why many thousands of former British army soldiers have settled in Germany.
His home's Bronze Age legacy and nearby Jodrell Bank inspire author Alan Garner to write.
Julia Blackburn meets writers whose private papers reside in Leeds University Library.
Katie Grant visits a summer camp aimed at mixed-race families.
Steve Richards tells the inside story of Gordon Brown's time as prime minister
Lord Digby Jones explores the relationship between business, government and society.
Amanda Roocroft explores the impact of Madame Butterfly in performance and popular culture
Dominic Arkwright talks to people who have taken or made life-changing phone calls
Zubeida Malik meets young British Arabs who took part in the Arab uprisings.
Five illustrated talks by different writers exploring the cave as a theme
The crime writer Val McDermid on how boarding school novels inspired her to be a writer.
Following the barristers, clerks and staff of one of London's leading law chambers
How chemist Fritz Haber saved billions from starvation - and pioneered gas warfare too.
Dr Graham Easton explores how the brain deals with drugs and who might become an addict
Li Cunxin, Madame Mao's favourite dancer, tells Darcey Bussell about his amazing journey.
Series featuring people who have made life-altering decisions
Polly Toynbee explores how possible it is to move up through British society
Sitcom by Danny Robins about a London stand-up comic living in Sweden.
Angus Roxburgh explores the years when the Soviet Union ruled space.
Simon Singh witnesses the first man versus machine poker championship in Vancouver.
Jonathan Glancey finds out about the architects who revolutionised church design.
Men who sing in falsetto: Bidisha on the countertenor voice, from Purcell to Plan B.
An examination of the causes of the dramatic fall in crime over the last 20 years.
Joshua Rozenberg examines new medical insights into the criminal mind.
Allan Little pieces together the "untold" side of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
A fascinating insight into one of Nature's greatest cheats.