Matthew Sweet unearths movie mogul Alexander Korda's wartime role as a British agent.
Michael Berkeley talks to physicist Athene Donald.
The Snowman author Raymond Briggs chooses JB Morton, aka Beachcomber.
Christine Finn visits the house that was the poet Wilfred Owen's final refuge in France.
Writer and actress Helen Lederer nominates the writer-poet Dorothy Parker.
Helen Lederer chooses writer, poet and barbed wit, Dorothy Parker.
Francine Stock looks at the life of director Alexander Korda.
Travel writer Dervla Murphy discusses the life of another woman traveller, Freya Stark.
Fast Show comic Simon Day tells Matthew Parris why he is fascinated by writer Hans Fallada
Michael Berkeley's guest is author Jill Paton Walsh.
Writer Kathy Lette proposes the blondest bombshell of them all, Mae West.
Writer Kathy Lette proposes Mae West, the iconic Hollywood actress.
Benjamin Ramm explores one of the strangest chapters in China's history - mango mania.
The Communist leader who changed his country forever.
Soldiers, from corporal to general, choose, read and speak about a poem by Wilfred Owen.
Chinese leader Mao Zedong died on 9 September 1976. Sidney Rittenberg knew him well.
Ian Sansom looks at the life and legacy of Soviet poet and artist, Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Entertainer Russell Grant nominates Welsh composer and film star Ivor Novello.
Dame Stella Rimington explains to Matthew Parris why Dorothy L Sayers fascinates her.
Robert Macfarlane undertakes an immersive poetic pilgrimage to the Cairngorms.
Baroness Shirley Williams discusses her mother, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain.