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 looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun homeschool history lesson on the life of Charles Dickens.
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.
How Charles Darwin used the plants in his garden to develop his theory of evolution.
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.
Ed Balls discusses the influence of 20th-century composer Herbert Howells on his life.
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
BBC Radio 4 pays tribute to Prof Stephen Hawking.
The battle for socialism's soul between a trade union boss and a revolutionary barrister.
Frances O'Grady nominates Ernie Bevin