Children's author Anne Fine examines the enduring appeal of the stories of Enid Blyton.
Books worth reading.
Dr Geoff Bunn journeys through 5,000 years of human understanding of the brain
Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, retells humanity's history through objects
The British Museum's Neil MacGregor tells A History of the World in 100 Objects.
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
A weekly reflection on a topical issue
Tony Robinson tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl’s epic raft journey across the Pacific.
Battle of Britain fighter pilots recall the summer of 1940. Presented by Misha Glenny.
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
Bob Geldof, Ronnie Wood and others remember rock 'n' roll music promoter Bill Graham.
Serialised book readings, featuring works from various genres
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
Exploring the demolitions industry through the dismantling of Marischal College, Aberdeen.
Matthew Parris joins traders and their camels following the ancient salt route in Ethiopia
Series chronicling the 100 greatest artworks of the century
Tony Lidington traces the role of the clown in British humour.
Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy
Reem Kelani explores the history of the Dance of the Seven Veils.
Series of talks by Sir David Attenborough on the natural histories of creatures and plants
Kirsty Young introduces gems from the Desert Island Discs archive
Einstein said the most joy in his life came from his violin. Brian Foster investigates.
Comedian Elis James compares figures in Welsh history to determine Wales's ultimate heroes
Travel magazine, featuring travellers' tales, experiences and anecdotes
Mark Lawson examines how mystery novels reflect a country's history and political system.
Germaine Greer presents a profile of eccentric 1970s rock icon Frank Zappa.
Charles Wheeler recalls the epic of strategic success that made victory possible.
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language
An investigation into the life and legacy of French painter Paul Gauguin.
Comedy series which chews over billiant but unworkable ideas
Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Poet Hannah Lowe reads from her memoir about her Jamaican father.
John Waite tells the story of The Monkees, the successful 1960s pop group.
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
Mark Radcliffe presents profiles of the comedians who have made us laugh over the years
Simon Townley tells the story of the theft of the skull of composer Joseph Haydn.
Series of interviews analysing great artists from the perspective of someone who knew them
Huw Williams embarks on a journey of discovery as he follows the routes of cattlemen.
Supermodel Erin O'Connor explores the nature of beauty.
Film-maker Alex Cox assesses the life of Citizen Kane creator, Orson Welles.
Psychiatrist Dr Anthony Clare conducts in depth interviews with prominent people.
Guests on songs inherited from their parents and songs they'd pass on to their children
Dr Mark Lythgoe attempts to find out what constitutes intuition and when we should use it.
Stories about the lives of everyday people
Melanie Chisholm celebrates the lasting musical legacy of British band leader Ivy Benson.
Peter White visits Dublin on the day the city pays tribute to Joyce's great novel Ulysses.
Mary Stephenson remembers the novelist Jean Rhys in the final months of her life.
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