Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
The light bulb and the first moving pictures appeared.
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 1. The Lakes
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 2. France
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 3. Somerset
Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years
Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Beatrice and Sidney Webb on British socialism.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
Ian Blatchford and Tilly Blyth on freezing time in a speeding up world.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Helen Mark explores Sir Winston Churchill's family home of Chartwell in Kent.
William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's grave in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon.
A humble wooden cabinet reveals secrets about how Churchill developed his oratorical style
St Ives - where Virginia Woolf scrambled over the cliffs, inspired by the waves.
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.
How Charles Darwin used the plants in his garden to develop his theory of evolution.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
presented by Kirsty Lang with Joanna Pitman
Nicholas Parsons nominates Edward Lear, now remembered best for his nonsense verse.
Gary Oldman on his career and award winning performance as Churchill