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.
Peter Hennessy invites Alan Johnson to reflect on his life and times.
In a Sheffield pub, Anne McElvoy learns how conservatism responded to urban mass democracy
Anne McElvoy goes to Tyneside to rediscover the 'conserving crowds' of the Edwardian era.
James Landale examines why Margaret Thatcher was ousted from power 25 years ago.
Historian Peter Hennessy invites Norman Lamont to reflect on his life and times.
Jonathan Sumption argues that the law is taking over the space once occupied by politics
George Parker explores Labour's new policies and how far-reaching they will be.
How Ellen Wilkinson went from Communism to the Jarrow March to a seat in the cabinet.
Lucy Worsley explores Queen Victoria's reign through significant encounters. 1: 1837
The story behind the fateful meeting between PM Gordon Brown and Gillian Duffy in 2010.
Jonathan Sumption explains how democracy can accommodate opposing opinions and interests
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
Peter Hennessy invites Chris Patten to reflect on his life and times.
Jonathan Sumption argues that courts have usurped power via human rights law
Jonathan Sumption assess the pros and cons of written and unwritten constitutions
Jonathan Sumption argues against Britain adopting a written constitution
Anne McElvoy tells the story of Boris Johnson's premiership until 31 October
AA Gill nominates Arthur Neville Chamberlain as his great life.
Series using documentary evidence to throw new light on past events.
Peter Snow takes Alan Johnson MP on a journey back to a Victorian mill.
Chris Bowlby looks at Alan Milburn, who has returned to the political front line.
Michael Berkeley's guest is Independent Press Standards Organisation chairman Alan Moses.
Jonathan Maitland profiles Alex Salmond, SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister.
Jim Naughtie considers the Scottish politician with a passion for an independent Scotland.
James Naughtie profiles one of the most influential judges of the 20th century.
An insight into the Chancellor, Alistair Darling.
Comedian Al Murray champions the life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Becky Milligan profiles the new home secretary, Amber Rudd.