How the French Revolution shocked Edmund Burke into defending British traditions.
In a Sheffield pub, Anne McElvoy learns how conservatism responded to urban mass democracy
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
Anne McElvoy revisits the innovative ideas of the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith.
Andrew Motion champions the life of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate for over 40 years
How does modern-day America compare with the fall of Rome as described by Gibbon?
Poet Kit Wright chooses author and creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the philosopher, politician and writer Edmund Burke.
Amanda Foreman examines how the elite transformed politics in the shadow of revolution.
Geologists Roderick Murchison and Henry de la Beche clashed over the age of Devon's rocks.
Nick Robinson looks at how Asquith handled the top job in politics.
The life and work of Samuel Johnson, a giant of 18th century literature.
Scientist Lord Robert May nominates the naturalist and botanist, Joseph Banks.
How naturalist Joseph Hooker globally acquired species to build up the first maps of flora
How plants proved a new route to political power and the growth of Britain's Empire.
Nikolaus Pevsner examines the contradiction at the heart of Sir Joshua Reynolds' work.
Politician Boris Johnson chooses the creator of the English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson.
James Naughtie thinks now is a timely moment for a reappraisal of Sir Walter Scott.
Conservative politician, author and adventurer Rory Stewart chooses Sir Walter Scott.
Anne McElvoy explores how 'Gladstonian' liberalism came to dominate Victorian Britain.
The 18th-century Welsh scholar who awakened interest in Indian language and culture.