A peer with a passion for pedigree pigs - Sarah Swadling meets the Marquess of Salisbury.
Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
In a Sheffield pub, Anne McElvoy learns how conservatism responded to urban mass democracy
Comedian Al Murray champions the life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
John Major's comments on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
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
Bookseller Tim Waterstone and biographer Ben Pimlott discuss the former prime minister.
Clement Attlee's lack of charisma did not prevent him transforming post war Britain.
How geneticist Turi King identified the 500 yr old skeleton of Richard III.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Francine Stock presents a discussion about the first Duke of Wellington.
Best-selling novelist Frederick Forsyth nominates the Duke of Wellington.
Nick Robinson looks at how Earl Grey handled the top job in British politics.
Nick Robinson looks at how Edward Heath handled the top job in politics.
Helen Castor on why the action in Shakespeare's history plays takes place in the Midlands.
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
Simon Heffer re-evaluates the reign of George V.
Nick Robinson looks at how Harold Wilson handled the top job in politics.
Dr Susan Doran and Lucy Wooding, Henry's most recent biographer, examine Henry as a father
Dr Steven Gunn and Dr Andre Clarke pore over Henry's books, maps and letters.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes discusses the life of Henry V and tries to separate fact from myth.
How clothes symbolised power, philosophy, taste, sexuality and personal expression.
Nick Robinson looks at how Asquith handled the top job in politics.
Ian chooses one of Shakespeare's darkest characters.