Philip Ball reveals the real Cyrano de Bergerac and his 17th-century spaceship.
Dancer Lauren Cuthbertson on Degas.
Marcus du Sautoy argues that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science.
With John Wilson. Dancer Lauren Cuthbertson on Degas.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Misha Glenny explores the impact of the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror.
Sir Terence Conran nominates the Michelin brothers, makers of the pneumatic tyre.
The life and work of French novelist, playwright and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.
The love affair between Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lasted for 50 years.
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.