Anne McElvoy goes to Tyneside to rediscover the 'conserving crowds' of the Edwardian era.
Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
Comedian Al Murray champions the life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henri Bergson's ideas about our experience of time passing
A history of governance of by gravely ill leaders.
Boris Yeltsin's visit to the White House in June 1991 contrasts with his one in 1989,
David Lloyd George, who led Britain in the First World War with a presidential approach.
Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson chooses her Welsh compatriot, politician David Lloyd George.
Emmanuel Macron is France's youngest-ever President. How did he rise so far so fast?
President Clinton's trip to dissuade Boris Yeltsin from sending nuclear aid to Iran.
Stephen Johnson explores the nuances and different versions of Faure's Requiem in D minor.
Chris Bowlby profiles the French Socialist Party presidential candidate Francois Hollande.
A profile of General Matthew Ridgeway 1895-1993.
Gorbachev's banning of a Yeltsin rally in Moscow worries Alistair Cooke.
Henry Goodman reads an excerpt from Mitterrand
Jackie Stewart discusses his good friend King Hussein of Jordan with writer Patrick Seale.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.
Peter Hennessy tells how Lloyd George galvanized Britain as war leader a century ago.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Louis Pasteur, known as a founder of microbiology.
One year into his presidency, can France's Emmanuel Macron succeed where others failed?
Stephen Johnson explores Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.
Comedian Miles Jupp on his starring role as bass drum player in Verdi’s Requiem.
Julian Jackson on the inscrutable General de Gaulle and his fraught relations with Britain
Mountbatten murder prompts need for clearer understanding of Irish conflict.
Lord West looks at how a revolution in naval technology transformed ideas of warfare.
Stephen Johnson and the Ulster Orchestra explore Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No 2.
The story of Louis Pasteur's development of the anti-rabies vaccine in 1885.
How Vladimir Putin's experience as KGB agent in Germany shaped his career and behaviour.
Ernie Rea in conversation with guests on the life and death of Tsar Nicholas.
Opera scholar Susan Rutherford traces Verdi's journey from composer to 'opera director.