Ade Adepitan champions the life of George Washington Williams.
Opera singer Andrea Baker explores the impact of Frederick Douglass's time in Scotland.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henri Bergson's ideas about our experience of time passing
Glenda Jackson presents a documentary in Paris about influential French writer Emile Zola.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Frederick Douglass, born to slavery.
A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian nationalist movement.
Dr Phil Hammond chooses the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
Fiona Stafford follows poet John Keats’ epic 1818 walk, which inspired his greatest works.
Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.
Nazir Afzal chooses Mahatma Gandhi as his great life.
Tristram Hunt on how 18th-century thinker Robert Malthus's ideas wrought havoc in India.
Exploring the little-known story of Giovanni Morelli, who influenced Conan Doyle and Freud
Gyles Brandreth praises the life of Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.
Jonathan Freedland takes the Long View of super injunctions.
Steve Punt travels to Paris to investigate the death of celebrated writer Emile Zola.
V.S. Prichett on French Novelist Zola, who was an an inspiration for Marie Bashkirtseff
Michael Rosen traces novelist Emile Zola's exile in Britain as he fled a prison sentence.