Marking the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin.
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Jonathan Freedland and guests discuss the careers of Lord Mandelson and Cardinal Richelieu
Adrian Goldberg profiles Christine Lagarde, newly elected head of the IMF.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Caroline Wyatt reveals a uniquely French politician; Dominique de Villepin.
Chris Bowlby profiles Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Director of the International Monetary Fund.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus.
The former US First Lady's romance with the world's richest man in the 1960s.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the work of French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Pallab Ghosh explains how Marie Curie achieved fame through her work on radioactivity.
The extraordinary life of the Polish scientist who changed the course of physics.
Sheila Dillon speaks to her food hero, campaigner and writer Susan George.
Examining the ideas of Downing Street's favourite intellectual, Nassim Nicolas Taleb.
Norman Mailer speaking in the last major broadcast interview of his life.
Writer Rose Tremain talks to Michael Berkeley about her musical passions.
The love affair between Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir lasted for 50 years.
Profile of Rachid Ghannouchi, one of the world's most influential Islamist thinkers.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas, work and life of Simone de Beauvoir.
Actress Diana Quick selects philosopher Simone de Beauvoir for Great Lives.
Sir Ben Kingsley champions the life of holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel as his great life.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Thomas Aquinas.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the scientific achievements of the Curie family.
Adrian Moore finds out how the medieval church entered the argument about infinity.
Theologian Giles Fraser on brilliant medieval scholar St Thomas Aquinas.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the enduring appeal of TS Eliot's religious poetry.
Lyse Doucet meets Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland, the first elected female head of state