Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
In a Sheffield pub, Anne McElvoy learns how conservatism responded to urban mass democracy
Royal Physician William Harvey demonstrates that blood circulates around the body.
Mark Lawson interviews writer Alan Bennett.
Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Jonathan Freedland compares Nigel Farage with the 18th-century politician John Wilkes.
Mark Lawson in conversation with Alan Bennett in a special edition of Front Row.
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
Michael Berkeley's guest is playwright, screenwriter and author Alan Bennett.
The writer Alan Bennett talks about his life and his new book Untold Stories.
"Even if I stabbed Judi Dench with a pitchfork, I'd still be a teddy bear," says Bennett
Alex Jennings on playing Benjamin Britten and reading his biography for BBC Radio 4.
James Naughtie profiles one of the most influential judges of the 20th century.
Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years
Michael Flanders and Donald Swann's satirical revue closed on 2 May 1959.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
John Major's comments on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal.
Bunting on Wordsworth and why his work should be read in a northern accent
James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
An exploration of how the sea and Suffolk coast inspired Benjamin Britten's music
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
Jarvis Cocker uncovers an album made by Sir John Betjeman in 1974.
John Betjeman's skill at performing his own work
Andrew Green explores the life and little-heard romantic music of William Lloyd Webber.
interviewed by Mark Lawson on Front Row
Alan Bennett and musicians young and old consider the orchestral heritage of Yorkshire.
As the Olympics come to London, Mayor Boris Johnson finds himself on the global stage.