AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Prof Kate Williams chronicles the appearances of Queen Elizabeth II on stage and screen.
A collection of anecdotes from 1977 by some ordinary people who met the Queen.
Anthony Howard looks at the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.
Helen Mark explores Sir Winston Churchill's family home of Chartwell in Kent.
William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's grave in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon.
A humble wooden cabinet reveals secrets about how Churchill developed his oratorical style
The life of Diana, Princess of Wales - movingly portrayed in reverse chronology.
James Naughtie reflects on the glamorous life and untimely death of the Princess of Wales.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Gary Oldman on his career and award winning performance as Churchill
The Oscar-tipped actor on how he captured the war-time PM's distinctive delivery
Peter Conrad considers the long-reigning British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
"I apologetically explained that I was going to pretend to be her"
Naomi Watts talks to Simon about her role as the Princess of Wales in Diana.
President George H W Bush's handling of foreign affairs helps his re-election.
The American reaction to the death of Princess Diana.
James Naughtie profiles Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated her diamond jubilee in 2012.
HRH The Prince of Wales shares his passion for the rich biodiversity of Transylvania.
HRH the Prince of Wales shares his hopes and fears for the future of farming communities.
Douglas Hurd uses the BBC Archives to explore the life of his predecessor Anthony Eden.
Alistair Cooke recalls some intriguing myths about Winston Churchill.
The history and traditions of Thanksgiving and the opposition to the celebration in 1998.
Alistair Cooke considers how people become desensitised to the horrifying images of war.
In this Diamond Jubilee year, Michael Rosen looks at the way in which the Queen speaks.
Elinor Goodman asks if Prince Charles's campaigning will bring a new style of monarchy.
Lord Digby Jones chooses Winston Churchill, with contribution from Prof David Reynolds.
A photo reveals Churchill's struggle to translate wartime heroism into election victory.
David Cannadine explores how Churchill's cigar became synonymous with his image.