Alexandra Wilson takes a flapper's journey back to 1920s' operatic London.
Alexander McCall Smith explores the work of writers and their favourite characters.
Michael Rosen talks to writers about how character is created through language.
John Wilson talks to crime-novelist Elmore Leonard.
Mark Lawson talks to best-selling American novelist Elmore Leonard.
Short lessons in creative writing from great novelists, poets and playwrights.
Mongolia's remarkable rise to being an opera superpower.
Sheila Dillon hears how music and food have influenced each other over the past 400 years.
Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot.
Three TV writers discuss the emotional challenges of wrapping up a hit series.
The comedian Mark Thomas discusses the inspiration behind his new show Opera Figaro.
Flora Willson traces the roots of global opera broadcasting to old New York.
Why does opera turn off so many music lovers?
Mark Lawson talks to screenwriter Paula Milne about the secrets of good television drama
The creators of Peep Show discuss how writing for British TV is “very freeing”.
Steven Fielding on relations between upstairs and downstairs in dramas like Downton Abbey.
Miranda Sawyer explores the magic of the school nativity play.
Art can bring the dead back to life argues novelist Hilary Mantel.
Michael Symmons Roberts explores why so many poets choose to become opera librettists.
William Goldman, author of The Princess Bride, on adapting his work for the big screen.
presented by John Wilson
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