Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss George Eliot's 1861 novel Silas Marner.
3/4 The 19th century blooms scientifically with numerous alternative, specialist societies.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the discovery of radiation, from radio waves to gamma rays
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pessimistic philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Dreyfus Affair, which tore France apart in the 1890s.
Jonathan Freedland examines the railways at a time of recession.
Featuring a listener's ancestor who was a hero in a mine rescue in 19th-century Wales.
Kate Grenville talks to James Naughtie about her novel The Secret River.
The experiences of a painter and decorator from Sale in 19th-century China.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss suffragism, the movement for women's voting rights.