Royal Physician William Harvey demonstrates that blood circulates around the body.
Mark Lawson examines why the works of Shakespeare continue to inspire so many books.
Professor Judith Buchanan shares her love of silent Shakespeare on early film.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Jacobean thinker Francis Bacon and Baconian Science.
Who owns Shakespeare? Graphic designer Teresa Monachino goes in search of Brand Bard.
Helen Castor on why the action in Shakespeare's history plays takes place in the Midlands.
James Naughtie profiles the haunting artist of suffering, pain and death.
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.
Jerry Brotton looks at Sir Walter Raleigh's quest for gold
Melvyn Bragg discusses the impact of Shakespeare's approach to history (programme 1 of 2)
Melvyn Bragg discusses the impact of Shakespeare's approach to history (programme 2 of 2).
Two NGAs ask: is it wrong to have children? Do terrorists have a problem with Shakespeare?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the enduring popular and academic appeal of Shakespeare.
Melvyn Bragg and guests consider the enigma of the life of William Shakespeare
Raleigh tries to persuade Elizabeth I that the North American settlements were a success.
Poetry curator Daisy Goodwin nominates the Bard himself, William Shakespeare.