Arts news and reviews with John Wilson, with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.
Alain de Botton discusses his first novel in twenty years - The Course of Love.
The Snowman author Raymond Briggs chooses JB Morton, aka Beachcomber.
Laurence robes up like Lord Byron, in the costume of an Albanian nobleman.
An insight into man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch interviewed by Simon Mayo
Byron writing to his friend Thomas Moore describing is love life and life in Venice
Byron's troubled relationship with his mother
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores Byron's love of costume
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
Diana Athill talks to John Wilson about the letters of Lord Byron
A report from California on water in LA, and domestic partnerships in San Francisco.
Lucy Worsley concludes her exploration of Victoria's reign via significant encounters.
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
Classical pianist James Rhodes plays his way through 24 hours of his life for Kirsty Lang.
Scientist Lord Robert May nominates the naturalist and botanist, Joseph Banks.
Jackie Stewart discusses his good friend King Hussein of Jordan with writer Patrick Seale.
Writer Sue Limb chooses the 'mad, bad and dangerous to know' poet, Lord Byron.
Lord Palmerston, whose colourful private life masked his skill at manipulating the press.
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan from director Adrian Brown.
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan, from actor Sir Donald Sinden.
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan.
Memories of playwright Terence Rattigan, from Oscar-winning writer Ronald Harwood.
Reflections on playwright Terence Rattigan, from theatre director Thea Sharrock.
The story of Allegra, Byron's illegitimate daughter, who haunted her father's imagination.
Lady Pamela Hicks talks about her mother's love for India's first post-independence leader
Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow.