Anne McElvoy on Victorian critic John Ruskin's showdown with the merchants of Bradford.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Benjamin Franklin.
The 104-year-old choreographer Eileen Kramer takes us on a vivid dance through her life.
Feminist campaigner and writer Caroline Criado-Perez champions the life of Jane Austen.
St Ives - where Virginia Woolf scrambled over the cliffs, inspired by the waves.
A profile of David Duke, former Klu Klux Klan member and potential governor of Louisiana.
The reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson is the choice of fellow poet Gwyneth Lewis.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), celebrated American poet.
Dr Phil Hammond chooses the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
Clare Balding walks in the footsteps of Jane Austen, from Chawton to Farringdon near Alton
Cheryl Strayed, Ocean Vuong and Sharon Olds spend some time in Emily Dickinson's bedroom
Alexandra Harris and Chris Stewart scramble past lemon trees in Virginia Woolf's footsteps
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the religion of Jane Austen.
The life and work of one of the most influential figures of the Victorian era.
Samira Ahmed explores how Victorian art critic John Ruskin revolutionised girls' education
Virginia Woolf and a balloon of airballs! Kensington Gardens as a magical playground.
Neil MacGregor examines how Luther created the modern German language.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss how Martin Luther affected the course of the Reformation.
Will Self nominates Oscar Wilde.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Oscar Wilde, his literary legacy and the Aesthetes.
Ira Lightman asks if Ezra Pound and other poets may shed light on the financial crisis.
Chris Bowlby explores how the Reformation shaped German culture and what it means today.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling.
John Major discusses the life of Rudyard Kipling, poet to the British Empire.
Sara Pascoe champions Virginia Woolf, author of Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One's Own.
Monk's House and Charleston in the Sussex Downs - Virginia Woolf's familiar and final walk
Susan Marling travels to Massachusetts to assess the legacy of Henry David Thoreau.