The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.
Author Colin Dexter nominates scholar and poet AE Housman. With Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
Alain de Botton discusses his first novel in twenty years - The Course of Love.
The acclaimed writer and the influential musician in the tag talk show.
The impressionist and the spin doctor in the tag-team talk show.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
An intimate portrait of the songwriter, singer and frontman of XTC, Andy Partridge.
Arthur C Clarke talks to Nigel Acheson at his home in Sri Lanka, in his seventieth year.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
Sir Terry Pratchett on his 50th book.
The veteran comic and sharp comedian meet in the tag talk show.
Ben Elton reveals the personal story behind his new book Two Brothers.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
One feisty funny man grills another in the tag talk show.
interview by Mark Lawson
The composer and 'non-musician' Brian Eno is interviewed about his music and video work.
Exploring the background to the pacifism which was central to Britten's creative vision.
The comedian and illusionist meet and discuss magic, comedy, art, faith and Hitler.
presented by Mark Lawson
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
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