Anne McElvoy explores how Thomas Carlyle reacted against the Industrial Revolution.
Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
In a Sheffield pub, Anne McElvoy learns how conservatism responded to urban mass democracy
Anne McElvoy goes to Tyneside to rediscover the 'conserving crowds' of the Edwardian era.
Lucy Worsley explores Queen Victoria's reign through significant encounters. 1: 1837
A special edition of the programme to mark the bicentenary of Gladstone's birth.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
Athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson chooses her Welsh compatriot, politician David Lloyd George.
David Lloyd George, who led Britain in the First World War with a presidential approach.
James MacMillan considers composer Edward Elgar's complex life and religious faith.
Writer, broadcaster and charity founder Marjorie Wallace chooses composer Edward Elgar.
Simon Jenkins proposes Edwin Lutyens, architect of New Delhi and the Cenotaph.
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
Robert Walker and David Owen Norris on composing a Piano Concerto from sketches by Elgar.
Simon Heffer re-evaluates the reign of George V.
National Trust Director General, Helen Ghosh, on her father’s favourite music.
Nick Robinson looks at how Asquith handled the top job in politics.
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
Michael Portillo investigates the fear Londoners felt in the late 1880s.
The story of Liverpool's great unbuilt Catholic cathedral, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Peter Hennessy tells how Lloyd George galvanized Britain as war leader a century ago.
Lord Palmerston, whose colourful private life masked his skill at manipulating the press.
We look at Charles Rennie Mackintosh as an exhibition of his work opens at RIBA in London
Matthew Parris and Stuart Maconie celebrate the life of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Ian Blatchford on James Nasmyth’s compelling images of the lunar surface
John Major discusses the life of Rudyard Kipling, poet to the British Empire.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling.
Author Beryl Bainbridge selects explorer Falcon Scott as a hidden romantic.