Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the 19th-century writer and campaigner Annie Besant.
The journey of Annie Besant, from English social reformer to leader of the Congress Party.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Beatrice and Sidney Webb on British socialism.
Lucy Worsley explores Queen Victoria's reign through significant encounters.
Dr Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, chooses Florence Nightingale.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun homeschool history lesson on the life of Florence Nightingale.
Naomi Alderman tells how Florence Nightingale saved lives with statistics.
Jon Snow champions jails reform campaigner and politician, Lord Longford.
The influence of Florence Nightingale and the sanitarians.
Patrick Wright examines the long history of anxiety over threats to English identity.
Anne McElvoy visits the Scottish mill village run by socialist visionary Robert Owen.
Melvyn Bragg examines the life of anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce.
Anne Fine nominates the author of the report that became the basis for the Welfare State.
Anne Fine nominates William Beveridge, who sparked the creation of the welfare state.