Arsenal's once 'invincible' manager Arsene Wenger now facing growing criticism.
Jonathan Freedland and guests discuss the careers of Lord Mandelson and Cardinal Richelieu
Helen Lewis chooses the so-called 'Black Queen' of France, Catherine de Medici.
Matthew Parris hears from David Blunkett about the life of Louis Braille.
Philip Ball goes back to the 17th century to tell the story of Descartes' 'daughter'.
Dr Geoff Bunn on Descartes' contribution to our understanding of the brain
Irene Nemirovsky's story of a mother and daughter confronting the vagaries of love.
Caroline Wyatt reveals a uniquely French politician; Dominique de Villepin.
Was Napoleon really the short, uncouth, Corsican upstart portrayed by caricaturists?
Did Napoleon turn France into a military dictatorship? Historian Andrew Roberts considers.
Andrew Roberts considers Napoleon's reputation as the principal warmonger of the age.
Andrew Roberts explains why Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo.
Napoleon ended his life on a distant island. Andrew Roberts asks what history made of him.
A profile of one of the candidates in France's presidential elections; François Bayrou.
Francesca Simon tells Matthew Parris why Jean Cocteau's is a Great Life.
Melvyn Bragg discusses Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the 18th century French precursor to Darwin.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Louis Pasteur, known as a founder of microbiology.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Austrian princess, guillotined as Queen of France.
Claire Bolderson profiles far right French politician Marine Le Pen.
Stephen Johnson explores Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.
Soul singer Mica Paris tells Matthew Parris why Josephine Baker is her heroine.
Sir Terence Conran nominates the Michelin brothers, makers of the pneumatic tyre.
Julian Jackson on the inscrutable General de Gaulle and his fraught relations with Britain
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss republicanism, despotism and the separation of powers.
Clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman explores cases of delusion.
The comparative histories of two titans of 19th century history.
Television and radio presenter Stuart Hall discusses his lifelong hero, Napoleon Bonaparte
Anne is in Brussels and Paris to explore the empire of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
The BBC Singers are joined by the Mullov-Abbado trio in a performance of Figure Humaine.