Anne McElvoy traces how the threat of Free Trade stung a placid aristocrat into action.
Open Country explores the importance of the Kent landscape to Charles Dickens.
Samira Ahmed explores the life and work of writer Arnold Bennett.
Horatio Clare explores the landscapes - real and imagined - of horror writer Arthur Machen
Benjamin Disraeli, who turned his skills as a novelist to politics.
Kenneth Clarke chooses the Victorian politician, Benjamin Disraeli.
David Cannadine explores how Disraeli merged fact and fiction in his life and work.
interview by Mark Lawson
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Join Greg Jenner for a fun homeschool history lesson on the life of Charles Dickens.
Claire Tomalin talks about the poetry of Thomas Hardy
The author Deborah Moggach talks about the life of Potteries writer Arnold Bennett.
The achievements and legacy of the 19th century literary giant Charles Dickens.
Amanda Vickery and Jenny Uglow discuss the life of the Elizabeth Gaskell.
Adam Rutherford with astronomical insights on literature and art.
Dr Phil Hammond chooses the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw.
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
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and works of Harriet Martineau, writer.
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
James Naughtie and Louise Welsh discussed Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Writer Lynne Truss chooses the creator of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll.
Witty, wise and the best women in literature. Why don't more of us read Henry James?
Greg Jenner and the team introduce us to genre changing literary icon, Mary Shelley.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss George Eliot's greatest novel, published 1871-72.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South from 1855.
From The Faces of Maugham 25 Jan 1974
BBC broadcast from 27 Jan 1954
Will Self nominates Oscar Wilde.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Oscar Wilde, his literary legacy and the Aesthetes.