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
James Landale examines why Margaret Thatcher was ousted from power 25 years ago.
Royal Physician William Harvey demonstrates that blood circulates around the body.
Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 1. The Lakes
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Jonathan Freedland compares Nigel Farage with the 18th-century politician John Wilkes.
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 2. France
The making of the radical poet William Wordsworth 250 years after his birth. 3. Somerset
Anne McElvoy tells the story of Boris Johnson's premiership until 31 October
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
Anthony Howard looks at the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.
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
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
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
As the Olympics come to London, Mayor Boris Johnson finds himself on the global stage.