Chris Patten on the pope who rocked the Roman Catholic church by pushing it towards change
Helen Mark discovers the Oxfordshire woodland that once belonged to author CS Lewis.
Biographer Carolyn Burke and singer Barb Jungr discuss Edith Piaf's enduring appeal
Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.
Poet Paul Muldoon recalls a fellow Belfast wordsmith who innovated radio production.
Francesca Simon tells Matthew Parris why Jean Cocteau's is a Great Life.
Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams describes how Sylvia Plath inspired an entire album.
The secret ailments of President John F Kennedy.
Garry Bushell nominates the 'cheeky chappie' who portrayed the voice of the working class.
Garry Bushell nominates Max Miller one of the most popular comedians of the 20th century.
Michael Dobbs looks back at the life of Cambridge spy Guy Burgess.
Upon the death of a dear friend, Alistair Cooke reveals a secret about President Kennedy.
Caroline Nin listens to those drawn to sing the music of the legendary French performer.
CS Lewis, author of the Narnia Chronicles, chosen by Suzannah Lipscomb.
The BBC Singers are joined by the Mullov-Abbado trio in a performance of Figure Humaine.
An audio portrait exploring the lives and ideas of CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley.
Miles Jupp investigates the strange case of the woman who may have invented James Bond.
Anne Fine nominates the author of the report that became the basis for the Welfare State.
Anne Fine nominates William Beveridge, who sparked the creation of the welfare state.