Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
BBC business correspondent Peter Day explores Handel's financial dealings.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
Series using documentary evidence to throw new light on past events.
Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aphra Behn (1640-1689): playwright, poet, spy.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Beatrice and Sidney Webb on British socialism.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature.
Claire Tomalin talks about the poetry of Thomas Hardy
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.
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.
Thomas Dixon explores the origins of the idea of friendships between humans and animals.
John Blashford-Snell explains why he admires fellow explorer, Dr David Livingstone.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
Eddie Redmayne interviewed by Sanjeev Bhaskar.
Broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen chooses Queen Elizabeth I.
Soprano Emma Kirkby discusses the life of composer Henry Purcell with Matthew Parris.
Dr Craig Venter on his own experiences as a collector, medic and geneticist.
BBC Radio 4 pays tribute to Prof Stephen Hawking.
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.