Comedian Al Murray champions the life of Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
Matthew Sweet meets film production designer Ken Adam, famous for Bond and Dr Strangelove.
Nick Fraser considers the role of intellectuals in relation to world events.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of the writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the literary cycle tracks of writer Edward Thomas.
Matthew Oates follows in the footsteps of writer Edward Thomas.
Richard Ingrams nominates author and journalist GK Chesterton for regularly being right.
Humphrey Carpenter talks to Richard Ingrams and Prof Denis Conlon.
from the BBC Sound Archive
Heather Couper considers how Edmund Halley went about calculating the orbit of a comet.
Matthew Hollis follows Edward Thomas's 1913 journey into the south west and towards poetry
Former cabinet minister Kenneth Baker discusses his background and career.
4 Extra Debut. Jilly Goolden nominates writer and political thinker Leonard Woolf.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Clarkson on liberalism
Melvyn Bragg examines both the literary and political careers of the poet John Milton.
From the Today Programme
Michael Berkeley's guest is classicist Paul Cartledge.
Lucie Skeaping hears music written for Pepys, played for the first time since his death.
Philosopher, Isaiah Berlin discusses his personal music choices with Michael Berkeley.
as chosen by Will Self
Michael Berkeley's guest is actor Rory Kinnear.
What we learn from the Samuel Pepys exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
A profile of British political theorist and historian Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997).
Sir Hans Sloane founder of the British Museum is championed by Sir Mark Walport.
Patrick Wright explores English identity through the writing of GK Chesterton.
Courtney Pine talks to jazz trombonist Chris Barber about his life's work.