Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the medieval tale of Abelard and Heloise.
Stephen Johnson on the intricacies and folk elements in Chopin's mazurkas and polonaises.
Biographer Carolyn Burke and singer Barb Jungr discuss Edith Piaf's enduring appeal
Fiona Shaw explores the life and work of Irish-born designer and architect Eileen Gray.
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
How Joseph Fourier's mathematics transformed our understanding of heat, light and sound.
The French Revolution ushered in new ambition and a new scientific clinical approach.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Oscar Wilde, his literary legacy and the Aesthetes.
Will Self nominates Oscar Wilde.
Norman Lebrecht talks to French film, theatre and opera director Patrice Chereau.
The life and work of 19th century French novelist Marcel Proust.
Charles Hazlewood explores some of workings of Rossini's comic opera style.
Comedienne Jenny Eclair chooses one of the first acting superstars, Sarah Bernhardt.
Caroline Nin listens to those drawn to sing the music of the legendary French performer.
The BBC Singers are joined by the Mullov-Abbado trio in a performance of Figure Humaine.
Francine Stock explores Sarah Bernhardt and the beginnings of celebrity.
I am a genius. Gertrude Stein. A genius. A genius. I. Gertrude Stein. Am I a genius?
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