Life of Gormenghast author Mervyn Peake, on the centenary of his birth, by his children.
Fiona Reynolds, former director of the National Trust, chooses writer Beatrix Potter.
Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, nominates Beatrix Potter.
Nikolaus Pevsner places the artist William Blake in the context of an English tradition.
aka 'The Doodler'.
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.
Nicholas Parsons nominates Edward Lear, now remembered best for his nonsense verse.
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
Cultural commentator John Harris discusses the life of John Lennon.
Jim Naughtie assesses the pair at the creative heart of the Beatles, Lennon and McCartney.
The story of John Lennon's extraordinary life and career is told in his own words.
Ernie Rea and guests discuss the theology of JRR Tolkien.
Matthew Parris invites singer-songwriter Labi Siffre to nominate his choice of life.
Michael Berkeley's guest is the Children's Laureate Lauren Child.
Jann Wenner's seminal 1970 New York interview with John Lennon for Rolling Stone magazine.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
John McCarthy explores the life of Arthur Ransome through the boats he once owned.
Marks Coles profiles the author and illustrator Raymond Briggs.
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.
Comedian Russell Kane nominates novelist Evelyn Waugh, with Ann Pasternak Slater helping.
Sunil Khilnani explores the life and work of film-maker Satyajit Ray.
Michael Berkeley is joined by children's author Shirley Hughes.
On the day she receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Book Trust.
Josie Long presents radio adventures inspired by Kurt Vonnegut.
The writer and comedian talks about the impact of shell shock on his mental health.
Helen Mark trails the new John Muir Way to hear how he was inspired by Dunbar's landscapes