Mark Lawson examines why the works of Shakespeare continue to inspire so many books.
Professor Judith Buchanan shares her love of silent Shakespeare on early film.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aphra Behn (1640-1689): playwright, poet, spy.
How Covid is making us think differently about Shakespeare.
Who owns Shakespeare? Graphic designer Teresa Monachino goes in search of Brand Bard.
Actress and presenter Caroline Quentin nominates dramatist and architect Sir John Vanbrugh
Helen Castor on why the action in Shakespeare's history plays takes place in the Midlands.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the impact of Shakespeare's approach to history (programme 1 of 2)
Melvyn Bragg discusses the impact of Shakespeare's approach to history (programme 2 of 2).
Two NGAs ask: is it wrong to have children? Do terrorists have a problem with Shakespeare?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the enduring popular and academic appeal of Shakespeare.
Melvyn Bragg and guests consider the enigma of the life of William Shakespeare
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama
Poetry curator Daisy Goodwin nominates the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.