Anne McElvoy explores how mass democracy split conservatism into moderates and militants.
A reappraisal of Raymond Chandler, the Englishman who invented the PI as we know him.
"I'm not totally comfortable being gay, whereas he absolutely loves it"
James Naughtie profiles one of the most influential judges of the 20th century.
Comedian Al Murray champions the life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
interviewed by Mark Lawson on Front Row
Frances studies Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad song settings and orchestral rhapsody.
Christine Finn visits the house that was the poet Wilfred Owen's final refuge in France.
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
Clement Attlee's lack of charisma did not prevent him transforming post war Britain.
Bookseller Tim Waterstone and biographer Ben Pimlott discuss the former prime minister.
Helen Mark discovers the Oxfordshire woodland that once belonged to author CS Lewis.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the literary cycle tracks of writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of writer Edward Thomas.
General Mike Jackson nominates Field Marshal Bill Slim, leader of the WW2 Burma campaign.
Gary Oldman on his career and award winning performance as Churchill
The Oscar-tipped actor on how he captured the war-time PM's distinctive delivery
Nick Robinson looks at how Harold Macmillan handled the top job in British politics.
National Trust Director General, Helen Ghosh, on her father’s favourite music.
Matthew Hollis follows Edward Thomas's 1913 journey into the south west and towards poetry
The first antibiotic, penicillin, appeared to be a miracle medicine.
Comedian Barry Cryer nods to his Yorkshire roots by choosing JB Priestley.
J.B Priestley puts the Nazi pysche into domestic perspective
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the theology of JRR Tolkien.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Lawrence of Arabia for this year's Listener Week
Allan Little considers the legacy of Lawrence of Arabia.