Anne McElvoy on Victorian critic John Ruskin's showdown with the merchants of Bradford.
George Parker explores Labour's new policies and how far-reaching they will be.
Alex Jennings on playing Benjamin Britten and reading his biography for BBC Radio 4.
Travel writer Redmond O'Hanlon champions the life of naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace.
Travel writer Redmond O'Hanlon proposes the pioneering naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace.
George Beccaloni on why naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace is his Natural History Hero.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the 19th-century writer and campaigner Annie Besant.
The journey of Annie Besant, from English social reformer to leader of the Congress Party.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Beatrice and Sidney Webb on British socialism.
Ben Elton reveals the personal story behind his new book Two Brothers.
James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
An exploration of how the sea and Suffolk coast inspired Benjamin Britten's music
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Billy Bragg talks about songwriting and poetry
Billy Bragg shares his approach to writing songs.
interviewed by Mark Lawson on Front Row
John Motson nominates former Nottingham Forest manager Brian Clough.
Exploring the background to the pacifism which was central to Britten's creative vision.
Stephen Johnson joins the BBC SSO to explore the intricacies in Britten's Cello Symphony.
Ian Bostridge, Jonathan Reekie and writer Martin Kettle reflect on Britten's reputation
Charles Hazlewood looks at Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
Jonathan Freedland and guests discuss the careers of Lord Mandelson and Cardinal Richelieu
Clement Attlee's lack of charisma did not prevent him transforming post war Britain.
Bookseller Tim Waterstone and biographer Ben Pimlott discuss the former prime minister.
presented by Mark Lawson