Mike Thomson reveals the truth behind an alleged British plot to kill Lenin.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Michael Berkeley's guest is former SAS sergeant Andy McNab.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of the celebrated Russian poet.
Paul Morley on the unknown Anthony Burgess - his northern roots and his work as a composer
A.S. Byatt talks to Mark Lawson about her own novels.
From Front Row on 7 May 2002
The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Benjamin Franklin.
George Orwell has been dead for 70 years. What can his ideas tell us about life in 2020?
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun homeschool history lesson on the life of Charles Dickens.
Helen Mark discovers the Oxfordshire woodland that once belonged to author CS Lewis.
A profile of David Duke, former Klu Klux Klan member and potential governor of Louisiana.
In defence of Kingsley Amis, whose new novel has caused a storm among feminists.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Rana Mitter on the life of one of China's most important feminist authors.
The crime novelist tells Anthony Clare about his childhood and commitment to writing.
Alistair Cooke considers George W Bush's push to decentralise government.
Nigel Warburton explores the life and work of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.
Ex-parliamentary standards commissioner Elizabeth Filkin on the novelist George Eliot.
Helen Mark visits Nuneaton to follow in the footsteps of Victorian novelist George Eliot
Patrick Wright examines the long history of anxiety over threats to English identity.
Alan Johnson tells Matthew Parris about the impact George Orwell has had on his life.
In 1932, George Orwell taught in a public school. Geoffrey Stevens recalls being his pupil
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the celebrated French novelist, her life and work.
Mary Kenny nominates the 19th-century French novelist.
John Simpson sees the seeds of Orwell's later work in 'Homage to Catalonia'.
Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.
Felicity Evans visits 'Herriot Country' in Yorkshire, made famous by vet James 'Alf' Wight