Andrew Hussey celebrates the life and work of French writer and philosopher Albert Camus.
The Russian writer who exposed the grim, nightmarish world of Soviet forced labour camps
Wole Soyinka explores the notion of dignity within a climate of fear.
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.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henri Bergson's ideas about our experience of time passing
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss influential British philosopher Bertrand Russell.
Robin Ince listens back to some of the BBC archive of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
An exploration of the spiritual side of the music of Bob Dylan.
An exploration of the spiritual side of the music of Bob Dylan as the singer turns 70.
A cast of musicians, writers and poets reflect as Bob Dylan turns 70.
Memories of the night when Bob Dylan dropped into a pub in London to sing his songs.
The life ad work of the Algerian-French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
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
presented by Mark Lawson
Bertrand Russell considers the roles of state control in a progressive society.
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Doris Lessing. Spirited, straight-talking Nobel Laureate.
Biographer Patrick French has an imagined conversation with the late writer Doris Lessing.
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Monty Python's Michael Palin chooses the American writer, Ernest Hemingway.
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
Dr Phil Hammond chooses the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
Matthew Parris introduces the life of writer Harold Pinter, chosen by Diane Abbott MP.