Alex James visits opera star and ecologist Simon Keenlyside in the Welsh mountains.
A look back at radio comedy in the late 1980s, with Hugh Dennis and Jim Eldridge.
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
Historian Justin Champion explores the life & works of Elizabethan alchemist John Dee.
Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent
Professor Richard Dawkins discusses the evolutionary theorist Bill Hamilton.
Did Douglas Adams predict the future in the year 2000? Mitch Benn finds out.
The third man behind the unravelling of DNA's double helix, Maurice Wilkins.
John Lloyd uncovers the private papers of the late Douglas Adams.
Jon Canter shared a flat with Douglas Adams while the latter struggled for success.
Douglas Adams on his approach to creation, and how that would play out if he painted.
Douglas Adams on Monty Python, imagination and storytelling.
Douglas Adams on how Winnie the Pooh influenced his writing style.
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
Paul Nurse discusses scientist, inventor and poet Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles.
Felicity Evans visits Fenland Cambridgeshire in search of a Victorian vicar and naturalist
The story and legacy of the maverick, self taught, legendary chef George Perry-Smith.
Tom Robinson explains how educationalist George Lyward saved his life.
Jonathan Harvey and Stephen Johnson look at two of Harvey's compositions.
With mixed news in its Annual Report, Channel 4's controller Jay Hunt is in the spotlight.
Glyn Parry looks at an exhibition of the work of John Dee
Lord Palmerston, whose colourful private life masked his skill at manipulating the press.
Historian Peter Hennessy explores how history can help us navigate life after Covid-19.
Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, chosen by Mark Carwardine.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Clarkson on liberalism
Robert Peston looks at the career of Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England.
Nigel Dodds, the DUP's leader at Westminster, is a possible post-election kingmaker.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the greatest theoretical physicists who ever lived.