Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre nominates Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
Author William Boyd champions playwright Anton Chekhov's claim to greatness.
Lisa Dwan takes a trilogy of Samuel Beckett plays to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Robert McCrum explores Samuel Beckett’s literary career through rare recordings.
Playwright John Godber discusses the life of German writer Bertolt Brecht.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of the Russian writer Anton Chekhov.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Dr Phil Hammond chooses the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the playwright and his tragedies of middle-class life.
Lisa Dwan, renowned performer of works by Samuel Beckett, on Beckett, Dante and exile.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Spanish poet and playwright's work, life and death.
Exploring the life and work of India's master of the short story, Saadat Hasan Manto.
Sarfraz Manzoor tells the story of Pakistani writer Sa'adat Manto and assesses his legacy.
How a leading German modern artist's greatest work was rediscovered in a barn in Cumbria.
Ian Sansom looks at the life and legacy of Soviet poet and artist, Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the playwright and novelist, author of Waiting for Godot
Business guru Sir Gerry Robinson chooses playwright Samuel Beckett.
The creation and unexpected afterlife of WH Auden's poem September 1, 1939.
A celebration of the simple joys in life, and Brecht’s poem that described them.
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the enduring appeal of TS Eliot's religious poetry.
I am a genius. Gertrude Stein. A genius. A genius. I. Gertrude Stein. Am I a genius?
Theo Dorgan explores the continuing importance of WB Yeats, 150 years after he was born.
Presenter Matthew Parris and journalist Jeremy Vine discuss W H Auden's poetry.
Jeremy Vine is joined by Richard Davenport-Hines to explore the life and work of WH Auden.
Fintan O'Toole looks back at the reputations of WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney.
Melvyn Bragg examines the effect of Irish politics on the work of the poet W.B. Yeats.