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.
Hardeep Singh Kohli chooses a word and sees where it leads him
Classic and contemporary original drama and book dramatisations
Michael Portillo challenges the notion of calm before the storm of the Great War
Charting how the war transformed the arts.
Historian Margaret MacMillan chronicles the road to war in 1914.
Astronomer Paul Murdin asks if Jupiter's moon, Europa, might sustain biological life.
As the Mayan prophecy of doom approaches, enjoy this light-hearted guide to the apocalypse
Peter Conrad dissects the popular culture of his era, as Roland Barthes did 60 years ago.
Inside the digital news outlets that are reinventing journalism for the social media age.
John Henshaw explores the unrelenting success of one of the longest running comedy series.
Brian Sibley tells the story behind Ian Fleming's book, half a century after publication.
Jenny Hammerton, a DJ of 78s, explores why the old discs are still alive and kicking.
Winifred Robinson follows misbehaving children and the work being done to help them.
Zareer Masani on the new love for, and controversy over, Western classical music in India.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy reveals the personalities behind the calculations
Greg Proops looks back at the life of Bob Hope, whose career spanned the 20th century.
Emily Buchanan explores the dilemmas of sponsoring children in developing countries.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
Tim Brooke-Taylor views Chaplin's legacy in the theatre of his grandson James Thierree.
The stories of three women in a touching exploration of what it means to be childless.
The annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College, Cambridge
Writer and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair goes in search of WG Sebald.
A story of remarkable bravery from the Rwandan genocide of twenty years ago.
Programme inviting guests to discuss their favourite books
How to recognise birds of the British countryside from their appearance, calls and songs
Brett Westwood and Phil Gates present a guide to some of Britain's common garden wildlife
Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss offer a guide to Britain's upland birds
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the work of key philosophers and their theories.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells humanity's history through objects
The British Museum's Neil MacGregor tells A History of the World in 100 Objects.
The story of the portrait of a private soldier's sweetheart, painted for him in Auschwitz.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
The first reunion in 70 years of writer Shirley Hughes and her 1940s dancing partner.
Helena Kennedy talks to eminent lawyers and judges who stand out from the legal crowd.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
BBC producer Tony Grant recalls the late broadcasting icon Alistair Cooke.
Series about scientific specialists
Lifelong fan Danny Wallace celebrates the Beano comic in its 75th anniversary year.
Composer Emily Levy on a poignant legacy - the mix-tapes made by her late brother Gus.
Mary Anne Hobbs explores the fusion of fine art and tattoos.
If only one in ten cells in the body is human, then what are we? Paul Evans investigates.
A tapestry of stories about the place of the sewing needle in our lives.
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
Rats under the floorboards, paint on the floor. What makes an artist's studio?
How the monarchy recovered after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
Two short stories about Scottish shepherd George Donald and his sheep in 1920s London
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Jackie Clune dated women for 12 years until she married a man. She explores this subject.
John Waite follows those student protesters most likely to be affected by funding changes.
How the iconic Yorkshire pit village of Grimethorpe has adjusted to life after coal.
As Liverpool's Everyman Theatre prepares to reopen, hear from those who worked there.
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Giles Dilnot finds out if new Bristol mayor George Ferguson is making a difference.
Wildlife cameraman John Aitchison on human experience and the beauty of nature
The story of the MV Ilala, a 60-year-old boat still in use in Malawi and Mozambique.
Michele Roberts on the drink that fuelled bohemia, absinthe, and its influence on art.
Dominic Lawson conducts a series of interviews over a game of chess.
An act of worship and music
Tim Robbins, star of The Shawshank Redemption, leads acting classes in LA's Norco Prison.
Linda Colley examines the forces that have united and divided Britain over many centuries
Following the diagnosis of a family member, comedian Rory Bremner explores ADHD.
David Lomax reports on the story of the Kamchatka crabs brought to the Arctic by Stalin.
Matthew Syed explores the puzzling but powerful phenomenon of home advantage in sport.
Lyse Doucet visits Kabul to hear about the lives of Afghan women as the troops depart.
A former British commander in Afghanistan examines what has been achieved by the campaign.
Hugh Levinson asks whether science and technology can end under-development in Africa
Some of the world's most beautiful women discuss the ageing process.
Hugh Sykes finds out how life in Iraq has changed over the past decade
The writer Kevin Crossley-Holland meets fellow East Anglians affected by coastal erosion.
Linda Colley reflects on the future wider repercussions of the Scottish referendum result.
Radio dramas which delight and surprise
Short stories or abridged books, often from new writers
Richard Dawkins decodes the discoveries and mysteries of the human genome sequence
Matthew Taylor presents a different kind of discussion programme.
AL Kennedy explores something uniquely intimate and comforting that begins in childhood.
Mark Rickards meets the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
Alex Horne and his five-piece jazz band combine comedy, improv, storytelling and music
Andrew Collins tells the story of Alan Smithee, prolific film director who never existed.
Ian McMillan discovers how Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant became a Thanksgiving anthem.
Alison Steadman on why so many birds in Britain are aliens from elsewhere
A look back at the 20th century through the eyes of broadcaster Alistair Cooke.
Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind
Cerys Matthews guides us through Dylan Thomas's famous journey into Welsh Christmas past.
Midge Ure explains how technical innovation has always stimulated musical creativity.
Classical soprano Catherine Bott explores the world of the backing singer.
Series exploring how doctors decide what is normal and what is not
When are mentally ill patients really free to make decisions about their treatment?
Sathnam Sanghera asks if being tone-deaf is a medical matter or simply a lack of training.
Historian Amanda Vickery reveals the hidden history of home over 400 years
Can we use the Amazon for the wealth of resources it contains, but still keep it alive?
Rajini Vaidyanathan explores the current bitter controversy over voting rights in the US.