Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Michael Frayn reflects on his childhood and his career, in conversation with Mark Lawson.
"I'm not totally comfortable being gay, whereas he absolutely loves it"
The impressionist and the spin doctor in the tag-team talk show.
Michael Berkeley's guest is former SAS sergeant Andy McNab.
Crafting the world of a teenage secret agent
Samira Ahmed explores the life and work of writer Arnold Bennett.
interviewed by Mark Lawson on Front Row
Laurie Taylor takes a look at the life and work of one of Britain's broadcasting legends.
Ben Elton reveals the personal story behind his new book Two Brothers.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
interview by Mark Lawson
Blake Morrison reading The Ballad of Shingle Street
The life, beliefs and legacy of Cardinal Newman, being beatified during the Papal visit.
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Claire Tomalin talks about the poetry of Thomas Hardy
John Wilson talks to Mark Billingham.
Matthew Parris talks to Dame Helen Ghosh about James Lees-Milne.
David Nicholls talks to James Naughtie about his enormously successful novel One Day.
Front Row’s 2009 interview with David Storey
Author Deborah Moggach talks about the life of Potteries writer Arnold Bennett.
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.
Poet John Hegley chooses the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Don McCullin chooses his old travel companion Norman Lewis for Great Lives.
The stand-up comic interviews the political spin doctor in the tag-team talk show.