Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
George Orwell's account of an execution in Burma in the 1920s
Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
"I'm not totally comfortable being gay, whereas he absolutely loves it"
Alice Oswald, Radio 4's Poet in Residence discusses her collection Falling Awake
Andrew Motion talks to James Naughtie about his 10 years as Poet Laureate.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
George Orwell on the absurdities of New Year's Honours.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss WH Auden's life and his poetry from the 1930s.
Andrew and Fiona share their thoughts on making the programme
Male infertility - the male experience. Benjamin Zephaniah talks to Richard Clothier
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
John Betjeman's skill at performing his own work
George Orwell has been dead for 70 years. What can his ideas tell us about life in 2020?
Blake Morrison reading The Ballad of Shingle Street
Christine Finn visits the house that was the poet Wilfred Owen's final refuge in France.
By Mike Walker. In October 1922, Eric Blair travels to Burma to join the Imperial Police.
George Orwell's attempts to tell the terrible truth about writing
In defence of Kingsley Amis, whose new novel has caused a storm among feminists.
Poet John Hegley chooses the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence.
Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate.
Biographer Patrick French has an imagined conversation with the late writer Doris Lessing.
By Mike Walker. In Sept 1938, Eric and Eileen travel to Morocco. With Joseph Millson.
James Naughtie considers the controversial parliamentarian Enoch Powell.
Eric Blair goes to Spain to report on the fight against fascism.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas.
Caught between the different factions, Eric and Eileen find themselves in terrible danger.
Matthew Oates follows in the literary cycle tracks of writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of writer Edward Thomas.