A look at the year in which Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Anthony and Cleopatra
Matthew Bannister recalls Johnny Cash's historic 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, California
Children's author Anne Fine examines the enduring appeal of the stories of Enid Blyton.
Julian Clary pays tribute to the wit and ingenuity of comedy musical acts.
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Navid Akhtar examines the career of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.
eden ahbez is known for just one song, but it was a song that became world famous.
Dominic Dromgoole goes in search of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse, Blackfriars Theatre.
Ben Schott traces the history of a pocket book that rivalled the Bible as a bestseller.
Kenneth Steven explores WB Yeats's celebrated poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree.
Series investigating attacks on art works, from the earliest times to the present day
Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
Hugh Sykes visits the site of the world's largest earth satellite station.
Phill Jupitus reveals how the boy and tiger comic strip could have earned multi-millions.
Series chronicling the 100 greatest artworks of the century
How the often tragic events of Charlotte Bronte's life inspired her writing.
Penelope Wilton and Rosalind Shanks play friends Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.
Anna Chen exorcises the irritating Chinese musical cliches that haunted her childhood.
Tony Lidington traces the role of the clown in British humour.
Presenter Katie Derham with comments from leading artists explore the Command Performance.
Reem Kelani explores the history of the Dance of the Seven Veils.
Dramas and a documentary to celebrate the prolific British playwright and author
Peter Curran explores the city of Austin in Texas.
Jenny Eclair explores the world of outrageous animated ladies over the years.
Exploring The Wind in the Willows and author Kenneth Grahame's relationship with his son.
Paul Roseby investigates the disasters of British musical theatre
Alexander Walker discovers why Humphrey Bogart is a classic movie hero.
Roger Daltrey explores the turbulent relationship between Buddy Holly and his manager.
Radio 4 Extra revisits the best interviews from Front Row
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language
An investigation into the life and legacy of French painter Paul Gauguin.
Antony Gormley reassesses the reputation and celebrates the work of artist Jacob Epstein.
Marina Warner explores the the Grimm brothers' stories from a new angle
Film director Gurinder Chadha discusses the influence of her dual Asian and British roots.
Kit Hesketh-Harvey follows a Birmingham-based ladies barbershop chorus, Second City Sound
Jocelyn Pook celebrates the music and meaning of the word Hallelujah through history.
Paul Morley explores the music people were really listening to during the Blitz.
Deborah Bull investigates elite child performers in sport and performing the arts
Film-maker Alex Cox assesses the life of Citizen Kane creator, Orson Welles.
Mel Giedroyc marks the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The story of jazz outdoors, from the streets of New Orleans to a flyover in Birmingham.
Lesley Garrett tells the story of operatic comedienne Joan Turner.
John Mayall presents a homage to the British rhythm and blues scene of the early 1960s.
Miles Warde on Archaos, the touring French circus described as the sickest show on Earth.
Writer Julian Barnes reflects on his early encounters with art in Paris.
Selection of articles by one of the 20th century's most influential critics
Robin Denselow tells the story of Cambodia's late-1960s rock 'n' roll stars.
Ian Peacock picks up his spoon and delves into the history of 'The King of Fruits'.
The story of a Chinese artist who settled in a remote village near Hadrian's Wall.