When Leila attends her first formal ball, her dance partners have different effects on her
A singing teacher ponders the mundane nature of his married life.
The young offspring of a wealthy family witness the transformation of their house.
Four stories written by Katherine Mansfield while she was living in Switzerland.
Nine-year-old Shelly writes to her mum's cowboy hero for help. With Liz Smith.
Married to overbearing Vernon for 20 years, Shirley turns to the butcher for solace.
Writer Julian Barnes reflects on his early encounters with art in Paris.
Music and mayhem from Ken Dodd
A rebellious 1950s mental hospital patient confronts the system. Adapted from stage show.
Kenneth Cranham reads a series of short stories on the theme of rivers and boats
Five orphans enjoy the idyllic countryside, but the end of childhood innocence is nigh.
Selection of articles by one of the 20th century's most influential critics
List-based comedy series, written by Kerry Godliman and David Lane Pusey.
BBC Radio 4
Alan Dein uncovers the history of the Keskidee, the first black arts centre in Britain.
Ivan Hewett explores how different musical keys seem to have distinct characteristics
Robin Denselow tells the story of Cambodia's late-1960s rock 'n' roll stars.
John Osborne wrestles with the idea of donating one of his kidneys to a virtual stranger.
Join Phyllis King and Ivor Cutler for songs, poems and dialogues
Francine Stock and a studio of guest stars recreate the 1606 opening night of King Lear.
Comedy drama series set in a small junior school
Pope Leo has had something on his conscience for 900 years.
Alec faces uncomfortable truths at his paramour's funeral.
EA Potter is thought to be a great poet, but what does he feel about himself?
Tensions run high as a group of British soldiers hold a mock parliament in 1945.
Comic novel of academic life, following the misfortunes of junior lecturer Jim Dixon
John Lewis tangles with a social worker out to rescue a young girl from a life of sin.
How motoring influenced Rudyard Kipling's view of England and France
Eight plays based on short stories by Rudyard Kipling.
A pioneering astronaut hears voices in outer space. Kurt Vonnegut reflects on mortality.
Kurt Vonnegut's tale of the dilemmas facing scientists over how to manufacture happiness.