1839. Scandal and crisis embroil the young queen.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Ada Lovelace - the Victorian ‘enchantress of numbers’.
Alice Oswald, Radio 4's Poet in Residence discusses her collection Falling Awake
An ear floats off to the galaxies, listening in on a fading Earth. By Heather Phillipson.
Tudor housewife Anne Askew's conversion to Protestantism tore her family apart.
Author Iris Murdoch has a complex reputation thanks to her husband's memoirs.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Aphra Behn (1640-1689): playwright, poet, spy.
Poet Helen Mort talks to retired Olympic athlete Anyika Onuora about body image in sport.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Victorian poet Christina Rossetti.
Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate.
Biographer Patrick French has an imagined conversation with the late writer Doris Lessing.
Broadcaster and campaigner Esther Rantzen chooses Queen Elizabeth I.
Eliza Carthy chooses Caroline Norton, who campaigned for women in the 19th century.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of the 18th-century writer Fanny Burney.
Mark Lawson talks to Pam Ayres about her life and poems.
Poet Helen Mort talks to hair stylist Niamh Kavanagh about hair and personality.
Michael Berkeley’s guest is the poet Hannah Sullivan, winner of the TS Eliot prize.
Michael Berkeley’s guest is the artist Heather Phillipson.
Poet Hollie McNish meets actor Paapa Essiedu, best known for playing Hamlet for the RSC.
TV presenter Konnie Huq chooses Lord Byron's daughter, the mathematician Ada Lovelace.
Naomi Alderman on how Lady Mary Montagu used her own child to prove smallpox inoculation.
The writer Lavinia Greenlaw meets the artist Charles Avery.
Why climb a snowy Cumbrian hill in a long dress, cloak and bonnet? Clare Balding finds out
Michael Howard, Conservative Party former leader, tells Matthew Parris about Elizabeth I.
Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who climbs out of her grave to tell her own story.
John Wilson talks to poet Jo Shapcott.
Mark Lawson talks to poet Wendy Cope.
Michael Berkeley's guest is poet and thriller writer Sophie Hannah.
Poet Helen Mort talks to Tattooist Lou Hopper about “getting inked”.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the death of Queen Elizabeth I.