A look at the year in which Shakespeare wrote King Lear, Macbeth and Anthony and Cleopatra
Maggie Philbin traces the remarkable history of IT through the BBC sound archives.
Matthew Bannister recalls Johnny Cash's historic 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, California
Sue MacGregor tells the story of the battle over a perfect T-Rex skeleton.
Mary Robinson examines Eleanor Roosevelt's role in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
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.
Books worth reading.
Navid Akhtar examines the career of Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.
Joe Farrell lays out the story of the fork. From December 2000.
eden ahbez is known for just one song, but it was a song that became world famous.
Tony Robinson tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl’s epic raft journey across the Pacific.
Dominic Dromgoole goes in search of Shakespeare's indoor playhouse, Blackfriars Theatre.
Tony and Beatrix Porter's restoration of a Devon hotel to its former Art Deco glory.
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.
Playwright and fisherman Nick Darke looks to his nets and pots off Padstow. From June 1997
A look back at programmes and recordings from the BBC archives
Series investigating attacks on art works, from the earliest times to the present day
The playwright tells how he taped North Carolina's poor singing Blues and spiritual songs.
Charlie Connelly's voyage in search of the Shipping Forecast. Tom Goodman-Hill reads.
Richard Herring explores some of the bad habits which affect us in our daily working lives
Stories shortlisted for the National Short Story Award
Voices of workers from a Cornish tine mine are woven with Nick Darke's text.
Bill Connor's personal tales of eating and drinking
Miriam Margolyes on the life and career of 'deep' voice-over artist Bill Mitchell.
Hardeep Singh Kohli walks in the footsteps of the famous tightrope walker Blondin.
Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
Following a bowls community and the friendships and romances formed on and off the green.
Exploring the demolitions industry through the dismantling of Marischal College, Aberdeen.
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.
Matthew Parris joins traders and their camels following the ancient salt route in Ethiopia
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.
Jim White meets some very rich young people as they consider their future.
Anna Chen exorcises the irritating Chinese musical cliches that haunted her childhood.
Profile of the prolific 'Queen of Crime' Agatha Christie, featuring Richard Attenborough.
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.
Rachel Johnson talks to women, now in their 90s, who visted Germany in the 1930s.
Series of talks by Sir David Attenborough on the natural histories of creatures and plants
David 'Reginald Perrin' Nobbs reads from his autobiography
Dramas and a documentary to celebrate the prolific British playwright and author
Comedian Jo Brand explores the sinister history of chocolate.
Peter Curran explores the city of Austin in Texas.
How did Indian bandit queen Phoolan Devi become a heroine and earn worldwide notoriety?