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Once Upon a Time...
Michael Rosen, AS Byatt and Richard Mabey explore the world of fairy tales.
Requiem for a Garden of Eden
Janet Todd's requiem for an abandoned Venetian garden with a magical literary past.
Irene Nemirovsky's story of a mother and daughter confronting the vagaries of love.
A History of the Interval
Paul Allen on the history of the interval, from Ancient Greece to today's concert halls.
Stravinsky and the King's Horse
Philip Bullock considers sacrificial links between the Rite of Spring and Emily Davison.
The Modern Soul
In Katherine Mansfield's story, guests at a German pension perform in a private concert.
A Russian Bloomsbury
Lesley Chamberlain on the 'aesthetic Bolsheviks', a 1920s Russian artistic community.
Adrian Scarborough reads from Thomas Mann's classic novel set in the mid-1800s.
The Art of Fireworks
Alexandra Harris discusses the history of fireworks at the 2011 Free Thinking Festival.
What Childhood of Christ?
Helen Bond analyses the Scriptures and the Apocrypha to discover Christ's missing years.
The Rev Lucy Winkett explores traditional images of angels.
Shostakovich's Symphony No 7
Stephen Johnson explores the symbolism of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony.
Ragtime to Riches
Bricklayer's son, ragtime pianist, major philanthropist: the lost story of Walter Harding.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
Musician David Bramwell explores the art of the clap in creating and teaching music.
The Ascent of Mount Ventoux
Petrarch's account of how he and his brother once set out to climb a mountain in Provence.
William Byrd and Catholicism
The Rev Richard Coles hosts a discussion on how William Byrd survived as a recusant.
Czeslaw Milosz: Poet-Witness
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
The Story of the Cross
Jonathan Coffey on the story of the cross and how it became the symbol of Christianity.
The Light in Darkness
A documentary contemplating the 'endless days and nights' that affect Finland.
Louise Fryer investigates the inspiration behind Walton's powerful First Symphony.
Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex
Stephen Johnson explores Stravinsky's take on the ancient tale of Oedipus Rex.
Your First 1812
Children from Amersham Music Centre prepare to perform Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
The Meaning of Maturity
Paul Allen explores the work that inspired Josef Suk's The Ripening.
Stephen Johnson tries to uncover the mysteries of Schumann's piano suite Carnaval.
In Angela Carter's story a circus tiger shapes the destiny of the notorious Lizzie Borden.
Elgar's Coronation Ode
Stephen Johnson explores Elgar's Coronation Ode.
No Conquering Hero
Ruth Smith uncovers the surprising truth about the many meanings of Judas Maccabeus.
The Trojan Horse Has Bolted
Paul Allen examines how, despite losing the war, the Trojans have shaped Western culture.
Goethe and the West-Eastern Divan
Paul Farley explores Goethe's verse tribute to Persian poetry, The West-Eastern Divan.
Paul Farley on how Goethe's West-Eastern Divan poems were fuelled by a love affair.
Suzy Klein explores the drama engendered by Toscanini's visits to the BBC SO in the 1930s.
The Sunken City
Phil Carradice investigates a lost kingdom submerged beneath the waves of Cardigan Bay.
Are You Musical?
Exploring how in Edwardian Britain Tchaikovsky became a symbol of male homosexuality.
Wallace and Gromit: Feet of Clay
Poet Michael Rosen visits the Aardman Studios to meet Nick Park and Wallace and Gromit.
A Herball for the 21st Century
A mysterious discovery prompts Anna Pavord to celebrate her botanical hero William Turner.
Herschel Grynszpan, the Forgotten Assassin
The story of Herschel Grynszpan, whose actions provided the pretext for Kristallnacht.
The Greatest Poem Never Read
Danny Karlin considers Robert Browning's Sordello: is it the best worst poem ever?
The Global Flute Fraternity
Keith Waithe gives Julian May a tour of his collection of 207 flutes from around the globe
Richard Holloway explores the myth of Judas Iscariot and his depiction through the ages.
Author Ian Sansom explores the meaning and mystery of invitation giving and receiving.
How to Play a Cactus
Robert Worby explores the adventures undertaken by performers tackling John Cage's music.
Ballet and Musicians
Catherine Bott and guests on the benefits of ballet music without accompanying dance.
The Captain's Apprentice
The history of a traditional song that influenced Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes.
Simon Barnes on the sounds of the Suffolk coast, which inspired Britten's Peter Grimes.
The Last Heretic
Andrew Brown and Diarmaid MacCulloch consider why we burned heretics and why we stopped.
The Human Jukebox
Peter Curran finds out why we sing to ourselves and why sometimes we cannot stop it.
Ne'er Cast a Clout ...
David Bramwell meets natural weather forecaster David King.
From Neptune to Nixon
Adrian Mourby examines the history of the operatic plot.
The German William Morris
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of German artist and architect Heinrich Vogeler.
Miles and Me
Soweto Kinch explores the profound impressions Miles Davis made on his fellow artists.
A Darker Shade of Green
How 1930s novelists and composers used the pastoral mode to address the legacy of WWI.
Spencer de Grey
Matthew Sweet meets architect Spencer de Grey whose designs include The Sage Gateshead.
Twenty Ways to Stuff a Cat
Ian Sansom reflects on the art of taxidermy and our need to preserve life by stuffing it.
Ronald Blythe in Conversation
Writer Ronald Blythe talks to Mark Cocker about his career and times.
The Life and Genius of Michael Rabin
Jonathan Coffey explores the life and legacy of American virtuoso violinist Michael Rabin.
Wajda: Voice of a Generation
Ian Christie explores the life and work of Polish film director Andrzej Wajda.
Distinguished pianist and teacher Katharina Wolpe talks to Martin Handley.
Sliding in at the Back
Three trombone experts talk about the life of an orchestral trombone player.
Leopold Mozart's Violin Treatise
Cliff Eisen traces the history of Leopold Mozart's influential violin treatise of 1756.
Left High and Dry
Vocal coach and voice expert Mary King charts the rise and fall of the castrati.
Katie Derham explores the history of The Vyne, a 16th-century country house in Hampshire.
Sounds of the City
A portrait in sound of Washington DC created by people who live there.
Katie Derham tours Powis Castle for a closer look at its many Baroque splendours.
The Laius Complex
Paul Allen argues that the downfall of Oedipus was the fault of his father, Laius.
Clandon Park, Surrey
Katie Derham, Lars Tharp and Katherine Sharp take a tour of the treasures of Clandon Park.
Ham House, Surrey
Katie Derham is joined by Lars Tharp and curator Victoria Bradley for a tour of Ham House.
Tredegar House, Gwent
Katie Derham tours Tredegar House in Wales with Lars Tharp and the NT's Derw Thomas.
I Predict a Riot
Ivan Hewett explores the myths that surround the first performance of The Rite of Spring.
Are You Sleeping, Brother John
Peggy Reynolds explores the story of the children's song Frere Jacques.
Petroc Trelawny experiences the compelling sounds of the London Underground.
The Trials of the Chorus Master
Chorus masters reveal how the unsung heroes feel when a star conductor receives the glory.
Suzy Klein explores composers' orchestral depictions of weather.
Roger Parker, Flora Willson and Semyon Bychkov explore Verdi's attitude to religion.
The Soviet Valkyrie
Historian Philip Bullock explores the staging of Die Walkure at the Bolshoi in 1940.
Ravel's Bolero: an early sign of dementia or a musical genius working under pressure?
When Tolkien Stole Wagner's Ring
Susan Hitch explores connections between Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Wagner's Ring.
Simon Russell Beale explores the impact of Wagner on fin-de-siecle British culture.
The Rise of the Cossacks
Alexander Kan investigates how Cossacks have been portrayed in art, literature, and music.
Wagner in France
Wagner's relationship with French music and ideas. Tim Blanning and Sarah Hibberd discuss.
Music journalist Paul Morley describes finally seeing the future in Holst's The Planets.
This Country Called Russia
Lesley Chamberlain tells the story of the Red Princess, Sofka Skipworth.
What Visions Have I Seen
Folklorist Steve Roud surveys the summer customs of Britain.
Elgar and Bantock in Birmingham
Fiona Clampin tells the story of two Birmingham professors of music: Elgar and Bantock.
The Albertopolis of the South
Lesley Chamberlain on Prince Albert's German recreation of Britain in the Great Exhibition
The Music of Radio Times
As Radio Times reaches 90, Simon Elmes explores the musical world celebrated in its pages.
Friedrich Nietzsche's Horrible Music
Tom Service finds out about the music composed by philosopher Friedrich Nietszche.
Feeding the Bears
Writer and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen explores the world of bears.
Conversations with Directors and Film Composers
Tom Service is joined by ten-time Academy Award-nominated composer James Horner.
Tom Service talks to Carter Burwell, famed for scoring the films of the Coen brothers.
Ken Loach and George Fenton
Tom Service is joined by celebrated film director Ken Loach and composer George Fenton.
Baz Luhrmann, Craig Armstrong
Tom Service talks to director Baz Luhrmann and composer Craig Armstrong.
Sound and Fury
Trevor Cox on how soundscapes and sound effects are used to create emotion in the cinema.
An Interview with Neil Tennant
Singer Neil Tennant, who grew up in North Shields, talks to Philip Dodd about his career.