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.
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
For Radio 3's Classical Voice, Michael Berkeley is joined by singer Alison Goldfrapp.
An insight into the Chancellor, Alistair Darling.
London barrister Amal Alamuddin has become engaged to George Clooney. But who is she?
Amanda Foreman talks about her biography of Georgina, Duchess of Devonshire.
Dr Thomas Dixon explores the history of friendship over the centuries.
Becky Milligan profiles the new home secretary, Amber Rudd.
Amma Asante and Tom Wilkinson interviewed by Simon Mayo.
Amma Asante talks to Mark and Simon from the Screenplay Film Festival in Shetland.
Novelist Andrea Levy goes back to her adult education writing class with John Wilson.
Antonia Fraser chooses J.M.W Turner's The Fighting Temeraire
Andrea Levy on her new book The Long Song.
Anne McElvoy traces the influence of Beatrice and Sidney Webb on British socialism.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Laurence robes up like Lord Byron, in the costume of an Albanian nobleman.
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.
Michael Berkeley talks to the popular historical fiction writer Bernard Cornwell.
As the Olympics come to London, Mayor Boris Johnson finds himself on the global stage.
Byron writing to his friend Thomas Moore describing is love life and life in Venice
Byron's troubled relationship with his mother
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen explores Byron's love of costume
Michael Caine discusses the prospect of starring in potential Hatton Garden heist film.
Jonathan Freedland and guests discuss the careers of Lord Mandelson and Cardinal Richelieu
Satirist and writer Armando Iannucci chooses novelist Charles Dickens.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature.