John Simpson sees the seeds of Orwell's later work in 'Homage to Catalonia'.
Anne McElvoy explores how Thomas Carlyle reacted against the Industrial Revolution.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Great Missenden is Roald Dahl country. Helen Mark discovers the writers love of nature.
Robert Peston surprises Eddie Mair with his third and final guest - Alan Rusbridger.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
David Attenborough recalls moments of personal happiness.
James Naughtie considers the celebrated broadcaster and naturalist.
David Attenborough recalls collecting music from around the world, and listens once again.
An exclusive Radio 4 interview with David Attenborough about his life in wildlife sound.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the Scottish philosopher David Hume.
Allan Little profiles the philosopher David Hume, born in 1711.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Susan Marling celebrates Richard Attenborough’s legacy a year on from his death.
Joan Bakewell is in conversation with journalist and commentator Douglas Murray.
Nick Fraser considers the role of intellectuals in relation to world events.
The early successes of Charles Dickens. Claire Tomalin's book about the great novelist.
Charles Dickens is well-received in America. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography.
A theatrical performance changes the course of Dickens's life.
Adulation and farewells for Britain's great novelist. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography
Alan Johnson tells Matthew Parris about the impact George Orwell has had on his life.
Patrick Wright examines the long history of anxiety over threats to English identity.
In 1932, George Orwell taught in a public school. Geoffrey Stevens recalls being his pupil
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
Andrew Brown explores philosopher David Hume's witty, provocative career as a historian.
Bertrand Russell argues for personal morality over tribal customs to guide conduct.
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