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
Dr Thomas Dixon explores the history of friendship over the centuries.
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.
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.
Doris Lessing talks to Mark Lawson about her life and career in this interview from 2001
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 Hollie McNish meets actor Paapa Essiedu, best known for playing Hamlet for the RSC.
Lord Byron's only legitimate child is championed by Konnie Huq.
Naomi Alderman on how Lady Mary Montagu used her own child to prove smallpox inoculation.
Why climb a snowy Cumbrian hill in a long dress, cloak and bonnet? Clare Balding finds out
Former leader of the Conservative Party Michael Howard talks about the life of Elizabeth I
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.
Dr Thomas Dixon explores how the international friendship movement flourished after WWI.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the death of Queen Elizabeth I.
Margaret Cavendish and the birth of the scientific method.
Baroness Shirley Williams discusses her mother, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain.
James Naughtie looks at the work of Wendy Cope, one of Britain's most popular poets.