Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent
How does modern-day America compare with the fall of Rome as described by Gibbon?
Philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah argues for a world free of racial fixations.
Philip Palmer's mostly true story of Daniel Defoe, the great 18th-century writer.
Mark Lawson presents a documentary exploring the far-reaching influence of Daniel Defoe.
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
Philip Ball examines the occult influences on Isaac Newton's work on invisible forces.
The life and work of Samuel Johnson, a giant of 18th century literature.
Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier both claimed the discovery of oxygen.
Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.
Misha Glenny explores the impact of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss republicanism, despotism and the separation of powers.
Isaac Newton's mathematical brilliance put the laws of physics on a firm foundation.
Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.
The life and work of the brilliant, acerbic and unpopular poet Alexander Pope.
Tristram Hunt on how 18th-century thinker Robert Malthus's ideas wrought havoc in India.
Politician Boris Johnson chooses the creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
How Newton tested the lines between government-funded research and public access.
Writer and political activist George Monbiot chooses 18th-century revolutionary Tom Paine.
The 18th-century origins of a famous question about men, women and friendship.