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.
Playwright and fisherman Nick Darke looks to his nets and pots off Padstow. From June 1997
Voices of workers from a Cornish tine mine are woven with Nick Darke's text.
Hardeep Singh Kohli walks in the footsteps of the famous tightrope walker Blondin.
Following a bowls community and the friendships and romances formed on and off the green.
Matthew Parris joins traders and their camels following the ancient salt route in Ethiopia
Profile of the prolific 'Queen of Crime' Agatha Christie, featuring Richard Attenborough.
Tony Lidington traces the role of the clown in British humour.
Rachel Johnson talks to women, now in their 90s, who visted Germany in the 1930s.
David 'Reginald Perrin' Nobbs reads from his autobiography
How did Indian bandit queen Phoolan Devi become a heroine and earn worldwide notoriety?
Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive
A personal pilgrimage to the countries and people who make porcelain. First stop China.
Rebecca Stott profiles three women whose fossil collections led to new discoveries
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Film director Gurinder Chadha discusses the influence of her dual Asian and British roots.
Poet Hannah Lowe reads from her memoir about her Jamaican father.
How the extravagance of the 5th Marquess of Anglesey led to bankruptcy and disgrace.
Mark Radcliffe presents profiles of the comedians who have made us laugh over the years
DJ Taylor reappraises the life and significance of Allan Smethurst, The Singing Postman.
Guests on songs inherited from their parents and songs they'd pass on to their children
Stories about the lives of everyday people
Mary Stephenson remembers the novelist Jean Rhys in the final months of her life.
A memoir of novelist Iris Murdoch, written by her husband John Bayley
Jon Ronson and guests examine a series of diverse stories and subjects
How William Hague quit as Conservative party leader and took up the piano.
The story of a Chinese artist who settled in a remote village near Hadrian's Wall.
High-profile figures, in conversation with John Wilson, replay their own sound archive
Founding member of The Goon Show, Michael Bentine shares stories of his life and career
How Dame Maggie Smith got the acting bug. Peter Firth reads Michael Coveney's biography.
Michael Peppiatt's account of his 30-year friendship with Francis Bacon.
Phil Cunningham talks to a series of musicians about their lives, careers and influences.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks on his passion for motorbikes.
Michael Morpurgo tells the story of Penguin books, founded by his father-in-law Allen Lane
David Attenborough hosts a celebration of bird impersonator Percy Edwards.
Best-selling author Philip Pullman talks to his former schoolteacher Enid Jones.
Stories of those working and living around piers on British coastlines
Louise Elliott meets Terry O'Neill from Newport, whose story inspired Agatha Christie.
Derrick Weaver, 44 years a milkman in Birmingham, gives a revealing insight into his job.
Tales of forgotten sporting heroes
Tattyfilarious comic Ken Dodd chats to actor Ricky Tomlinson about his life and times.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz created a TV phenomenon, but their marriage paid the price.
Comedy writer David Nobbs talks about his career
Terence Blacker celebrates the outrageous life of 'Henry Root' creator Willie Donaldson
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