Charles Darwin is an international celebrity, but Gregor Mendel holds the key to heredity.
Alex Jennings on playing Benjamin Britten and reading his biography for BBC Radio 4.
James Naughtie profiles one of the greatest composers of the 20th century.
An exploration of how the sea and Suffolk coast inspired Benjamin Britten's music
interviewed by Mark Lawson on Front Row
Melvyn Bragg tells the story of the Nobel-winning physicists William and Lawrence Bragg.
Exploring the background to the pacifism which was central to Britten's creative vision.
Stephen Johnson joins the BBC SSO to explore the intricacies in Britten's Cello Symphony.
Ian Bostridge, Jonathan Reekie and writer Martin Kettle reflect on Britten's reputation
Charles Hazlewood looks at Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
Businessman and academic, Adair Turner looks at the life of Charles Darwin.
Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.
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
Melvyn visits Darwin's home at Down House in Kent.
Darwin's early life in Shropshire and his three years at Cambridge.
How Charles Darwin used the plants in his garden to develop his theory of evolution.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Stephen Johnson considers the music of Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
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
Gladys Parr recalls working with Benjamin Britten.
Wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson retraces Benjamin Britten's composing walks.
David Nixon and BBC NOW join Charles Hazlewood to explore Russian Ballet.
President George H W Bush's handling of foreign affairs helps his re-election.
John Cooper Clarke nominates Salvador Dali for great life status, melting clocks and all.
Stephen Johnson and the Royal String Quartet explore Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet.
Stephen Johnson on how the music of Shostakovich helped him survive clinical depression.
Stephen Johnson joins Christian Poltera to explore Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto.