The light bulb and the first moving pictures appeared.
1839. Scandal and crisis embroil the young queen.
AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ada Lovelace - the Victorian ‘enchantress of numbers’.
Edith Bowman and James King interview Alan Rickman about his new film, A Little Chaos
Novelist Andrea Levy goes back to her adult education writing class with John Wilson.
Lord Kinnock chooses the life of Aneurin Bevan, the founder of the NHS.
Paul Morley on the unknown Anthony Burgess - his northern roots and his work as a composer
Michael Flanders and Donald Swann's satirical revue closed on 2 May 1959.
Andrea Levy on her new book The Long Song.
Great Missenden is Roald Dahl country. Helen Mark discovers the writers love of nature.
Mark Kermode reviews Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story.
Joan meets influential folk guitarist Bert Jansch.
As a new exhibition of syd barrett's artwork opens, John Wilson talks to Blur guitarist Graham Coxon about the former Pink Floyd frontman.
John Motson nominates former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.
Brian Sewell reflects on his achievements
James Naughtie profiles the founder of the modern hospice movement.
presented by Mark Lawson
On music hall, Dennis Potter, and playing a Panto Dame for the first time.
Kirsty Lang talks to the curator of her estate, Annette Ratuszniak, & her son, Lin Jammet
Alistair McGowan investigates the enigma of a private man who became a global star.
Felicity Evans visits the Forest of Dean, the landscape that author Dennis Potter loved.
Dennis Potter's discusses his early ambitions and how he came to write for television.
Matthew Sweet reassseses the life, work and legacy of playwright Dennis Potter.
Jonathan Dimbleby tells the story of his legendary broadcaster father, Richard Dimbleby.
presented by Kirsty Lang with Joanna Pitman
Writer, broadcaster and charity founder Marjorie Wallace chooses composer Edward Elgar.
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
Robert Walker and David Owen Norris on composing a Piano Concerto from sketches by Elgar.