Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Juliet Stevenson narrates the history of the growth of Elizabethan trade.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Jerry Brotton looks at Sir Walter Raleigh's quest for gold
Watch Mark Lawson get to grips with the classical instrument which accompanied Francis Drake's 16th century voyage.
Raleigh tries to persuade Elizabeth I that the North American settlements were a success.