Anne McElvoy on Victorian critic John Ruskin's showdown with the merchants of Bradford.
Paul Morley on the unknown Anthony Burgess - his northern roots and his work as a composer
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
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
George Orwell has been dead for 70 years. What can his ideas tell us about life in 2020?
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
St Ives - where Virginia Woolf scrambled over the cliffs, inspired by the waves.
Philip Palmer's mostly true story of Daniel Defoe, the great 18th-century writer.
Mark Lawson presents a documentary exploring the far-reaching influence of Daniel Defoe.
Christopher Frayling explores the creation and legacy of Defoe's controversial novel.
Did Douglas Adams predict the future in the year 2000? Mitch Benn finds out.
John Lloyd uncovers the private papers of the late Douglas Adams.
Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate.
Biographer Patrick French has an imagined conversation with the late writer Doris Lessing.
Jon Canter shared a flat with Douglas Adams while the latter struggled for success.
Douglas Adams on his approach to creation, and how that would play out if he painted.
Douglas Adams on Monty Python, imagination and storytelling.
Douglas Adams on how Winnie the Pooh influenced his writing style.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the 18th-century writer Fanny Burney.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Ex-parliamentary standards commissioner Elizabeth Filkin on the novelist George Eliot.
Helen Mark visits Nuneaton to follow in the footsteps of Victorian novelist George Eliot
Patrick Wright examines the long history of anxiety over threats to English identity.
In 1932, George Orwell taught in a public school. Geoffrey Stevens recalls being his pupil
Humphrey Carpenter talks to Richard Ingrams and Prof Denis Conlon.
from the BBC Sound Archive
James Naughtie on the novelist who was a master of moral guilt and cold war intrigue.