The life, beliefs and legacy of Cardinal Newman, being beatified during the Papal visit.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature.
Philip Palmer's mostly true story of Daniel Defoe, the great 18th-century writer.
Mark Lawson presents a documentary exploring the far-reaching influence of Daniel Defoe.
Fiona Stafford follows poet John Keats’ epic 1818 walk, which inspired his greatest works.
Melvyn Bragg examines both the literary and political careers of the poet John Milton.
Lucie Skeaping hears music written for Pepys, played for the first time since his death.
The life and work of the brilliant, acerbic and unpopular poet Alexander Pope.
What we learn from the Samuel Pepys exhibition at the National Maritime Museum
Dominic Arkwright charts the life of Thomas Middleton, the bad boy of Renaissance drama.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life, murder and impact of Thomas Becket (c 1118-1170)