Historian Peter Hennessy asks senior politicians to reflect on their lives and times.
Significant international thinkers deliver the BBC's flagship annual lecture series
Jolyon Jenkins tells the story of the Spanish boy chosen as a reincarnated Tibetan lama.
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
Original insights into major news stories and topical investigations
Martin Wainwright looks at our national night time obsession - with the beauty of moths.
The BBC Philharmonic returns to Japan for an emotional tour for the first time since 2011.
Martin Bell returns 20 years on to the Siege of Vukovar in Croatia.
Series which reunites a group of people intimately involved in a moment of modern history
Laura Barton tells the true story behind By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.
Richard Herring tries to reclaim objects we've grown to hate
Paul Mason takes a fresh look at the man whose music has always gripped him
Dr Kevin Fong evaluates the realities of travelling by bike on UK roads.
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh recalls his role in a daring rescue during WWII.
Dr Mark Porter investigates the phenomenon of resistance to antibiotics
Dr Ben Goldacre explores our past and present fascination with nutrition and lifestyle
Tom Holland explores the continuing appeal of Homer's Odyssey. Why should that be?
Robert Peston explores what happens when family and business mix.
Jon Stewart charts the increasing interaction between humans and robots
Stuart Maconie on rock musicians who combined symphony and pop music in the 60s and 70s.
Roger Law explores some unexpected corners of China's rich and varied culture
Roger Law takes a look at the 'fancy': the wonderful world of show rabbits.
Mark Radcliffe recalls the influential life of cult DJ and club promoter Roger Eagle.
The Roman Way explores aspects of everyday life in the Roman Empire, two millennia ago.
Mark Cocker indulges his obsession as he follows a colony of rooks over a year
Rats under the floorboards, paint on the floor. What makes an artist's studio?
Tom Dyckhoff discovers that few things show our social status as clearly as windows.
What drives extremist violence? Daniel Pick reveals the story of an attempt to find out.
Prof Murray Pittock explores the origins of Scottish nationalism
British musician and poet Akala examines the culture of his Rastafarian heritage
Elinor Goodman asks if Prince Charles's campaigning will bring a new style of monarchy.
Hardeep Singh Kohli visits Royal Ascot on the 300th anniversary of the racecourse.
How the monarchy recovered after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
James Naughtie follows the Royal Shakespeare Company as it celebrates its 50th birthday
Chris Mullin investigates what really happens to our rubbish.
Mark Radcliffe explores the continued success and appeal of the little white bear.
What does the Ukrainian revolution mean for Britain, Russia and the world?
Dr Mukulika Banerjee learns about the processes involved in an Indian general election.
Mary Smeeth talks to same-sex parents about the challenges of raising their children.
An early sampler, this 1960s musical invention's fans include Paul McCartney.
How does training at Sandhurst Academy bolster militarised monarchies of the Arab world?
Radio 4 drama
Extraordinary stories and remarkable people.
Sharp, critical discussion of the week's cultural events, with Tom Sutcliffe and guests
Jonathon Porritt explores our agricultural biodiversity and how to preserve it
Examining the world of nature and the challenges of wildlife conservation
Dr Adam Rutherford investigates topical science stories
Stephen Webster examines the way scientists work and asks why we should believe them
Prof Robert Winston looks at music with a scientist's eye
Ehsan Masood explores whether science is becoming politicised on controversial issues.
Dr Ben Goldacre explores what happens when science takes the long view.
Former government chief scientist, Lord May, looks at the role of politics in science.
Adam Rutherford talks to the scientific advisors behind some well-known films and TV shows
Ehsan Masood examines how science could help prevent future banking crises.
James Naughtie and Rachel Burden present the results of the Scottish referendum.
Poet Murray Lachlan Young goes in search of his Scottishness.
Amundsen may have beaten Scott to the South Pole but Science was the real winner.
Why is the Church of Scotland funding a luxury boutique hotel in the Holy Land?
Stephanie Flanders sets out on the search for growth in Britain's economy
As more of us work in open plan spaces, Claudia Hammond goes in search of the ideal office
Series examining the role of state secrecy in Britain
Jonathan Glancey investigates Paris's secret underground maze of tunnels.
Rory Cellan-Jones traces its roots
Rev Richard Coles returns to his childhood musical hero, with some unexpected twists.
Hermione Cockburn uncovers the historical role of dams and reservoirs in Britain
Secret Mueum looks at the explicit erotic, sexual and pornographic art of Pompeii.
Ian Marchant explores whether trees really do have miraculous powers.
Vivienne Parry meets the scientists whose work remains unknown to the general public
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.
A selection of BBC World Service news, business and science programmes
A history of science in Britain from the Restoration to the present day
Chris Ledgard asks if gender testing will mean a level playing field for female athletes.
Adam Rutherford explores the deep history of sex
Neil MacGregor uncovers the stories twenty objects tell us about Shakespeare's world.
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
David Goldblatt discovers how one snowless Yorkshire city turned out Olympic skiers.
DJ Annie Nightingale looks at how Northern Soul music has become popular in Japan.
The latest weather reports and forecasts for UK shipping
Gyles Brandreth investigates the mystery of the missing teddy bears, the first ever made.
A showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries from the UK and abroad
Peter Curran on Northern Ireland's burgeoning film industry.
BBC Amateur Scientist Ruth Brooks looks at how animals navigate, from cats to pigeons.
Stuart Maconie looks at the career of the durable maverick pop duo Sparks.
Lee Mack marks the centenary of Sid James with a fascinating look at his lesser-known work
Steph McGovern presents a two-part series on the global history of silk
Robert Sandall investigates the impact and legacy of punk.
Simon Singh takes a quirky look at some of the most important numbers in mathematics.
John Simpson reports from Afghanistan and asks how things have gone wrong.
Documentary looking at an unusual aspect of medical training.
The search for an elusive watery wonder in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's civil war.
Sam Lee marks the 90th anniversary of cellist Beatrice Harrison's duet with a nightingale.