Philip Ball reveals the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th-century spaceship.
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 the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
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
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Dr Geoff Bunn on Descartes' contribution to our understanding of the brain
Helen Castor on why the action in Shakespeare's history plays takes place in the Midlands.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Bobby Friction champions the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei.
Heather Couper on Galileo's idea to systematically record his telescope observations.
Galileo's lost letter questions how he challenged the Church. With Philip Ball.
George Fox, founder of the Quakers, nominated by Ann Limb.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the origins of Quakerism.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes.
Nikolaus Pevsner considers the 'Englishness' of the artist William Hogarth.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.
Philip Ball examines the occult influences on Isaac Newton's work on invisible forces.
Did Newton's theory of gravity really come to him after seeing an apple fall?
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).
Anne McElvoy tours 300 years of British liberalism, starting with rebel thinker John Locke
Malmesbury in Wiltshire aims to establish itself as the country's 'Philosophy Town'.
Melvyn Bragg examines the life of glittering Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Matteo Ricci's 16th-century travels in Ming China.
The Jesuit who brought together Renaissance Europe and Ming China through geometry.
Melvyn Bragg examines both the literary and political careers of the poet John Milton.
Two NGAs ask: is it wrong to have children? Do terrorists have a problem with Shakespeare?