AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
Amanda Vickery and Jenny Uglow discuss the life of the Elizabeth Gaskell.
Gisela Stuart nominates Joseph Chamberlain as her great life.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of Harriet Martineau, writer.
Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier both claimed the discovery of oxygen.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Clarkson on liberalism
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South from 1855.
Gretchen Gerzina discovers the story of a forgotten revolutionary, Robert Wedderburn.
Making waves - how did travelling as a single mother inspire Mary Wollstonecraft?
Steve Punt PI examines the curious case of Victor Grayson, the MP who vanished.
The inventor of the World Wide Web and unlikely hero of the Olympic opening ceremony.
We profile Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.
Josiah Wedgwood’s pottery was a precursor to the “trickle-down” theory of fashion.