The early successes of Charles Dickens. Claire Tomalin's book about the great novelist.
Claire Tomalin - Charles Dickens: A Life
Charles Dickens is well-received in America. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography.
A theatrical performance changes the course of Dickens's life.
Adulation and farewells for Britain's great novelist. Claire Tomalin's acclaimed biography
Simon Garfield - Just My Type
The fonts we encounter on our journeys, and the man who tried to give up Helvetica.
Letters from Italy
Prof Gustavo Piga
Prof Gustavo Piga, economist at Rome University, delivers a letter about Italy today.
Lucia Annunziata, editor of Huffington Post, Italy, delivers a letter about Italy today.
Carlo Sibilia, member of the Five Star Movement, delivers a letter about Italy today.
Novelist and playwright Dacia Maraini delivers a letter about Italy today.
Annalisa Piras, an Italian journalist based in London, delivers a letter about Italy today
Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Jung Chang's biography of the woman who single-handedly dragged China into modernity.
Cixi forms an important political alliance and launches a palace coup.
Cixi adopts the three-year-old son of her sister and names him Emperor.
A young ambitious reformist looks to topple Cixi from power, and a battle of wits ensues.
Cixi faces her greatest challenge as ruler, when anti-Western feeling leads to violence.
Month of Madness
Christopher Clark on the impact of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo.
Christopher Clark explores how Vienna reacted to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand.
Christopher Clark on Germany's blank cheque to Austria-Hungary for war against Serbia.
The French in St. Petersburg
Christopher Clark on the impact of the extension of the Franco-Russian alliance in 1914.
Christopher Clark explores how British decision-makers reacted in the July Crisis of 1914.
A Broken Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen's Secret Chord
An early loss for the passionate poet-turned-musician.
Despite success as a poet, Cohen feels the need to escape to the Greek island of Hydra.
In the Chelsea Hotel in New York, Cohen turns his talents to songwriting.
Disaster threatens Cohen's first European tour, but in Buddhism he finds spiritual solace.
Now hugely successful, Cohen retreats to Mount Baldy to spend time with his guru.
Sir Antonio Pappano prepares for the Royal Opera's new production of Puccini's La Bohème.
Letters from South Africa
Writer Bongani Kona begins five letters from South Africa in the week of the ANC elections
Writer Mark Gevisser's letter from South Africa broadcast in the week of the ANC elections
Shosholoza: The Train that Keeps Moving
Writer Panashe Chigumadzi's letter from South Africa in the week of the ANC elections.
This Is What a Country Looks Like When it Is Collapsing
Author Lidudumalingani Mqombothi on life in South Africa during the week of ANC elections.
Five letters from South African writers about life there in the week of the ANC elections.
Nathaniel Rich on the fallout from the Dutch summit on climate change in 1989.
Rudolf Nureyev: The Life
Preparation for My Solitude
Jamie Glover reads from Julie Kavanagh's biography of the Russian ballet star.
Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
Who was the real Mona Lisa? And why did Leonardo paint her? Dianne Hales investigates.
Dianne Hales delves into the history of Mona Lisa's ancestors to understand her character.
Mona Lisa is born into a turbulent era just as an artistic star from Vinci is on the rise.
As Leonardo delights the court of Milan, Florence is changing beyond all recognition.
Leonardo returns to Florence and Francesco del Giocondo commissions a portrait of his wife
Robert Macfarlane's eagerly awaited new book is subterranean in its story.
Robert Macfarlane's eagerly awaited new book is subterranean in its story..
The Corner Shop: Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and Modern Britain
Babita Sharma's affectionate look at modern Britain through the prism of the corner shop.
Babita Sharma remembers a childhood growing up in a British institution - the corner shop.
The Sharmas plunge into retail in a move that will shape the course of the family's life.
In the early 80s the far right becomes popular as the Sharmas move to their second shop.
The Sharmas have tough decisions to make as the retail landscape changes into the 1990s.
Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy
Tim decides to retrace the route of the 1914 Giro d'Italia in authentic, period style.
Tim arrives in Milan to start his challenge to retrace the route of the 1914 Giro d'Italia
Tim inadvertently cycles over the finish line of the 2012 Women's Tour of Tuscany.
Tim stops overnight in Montecorvino Rovella and finds himself in a rather strange hotel.
Tim's bike is falling to pieces & his sat-nav directs him to the most terrifying road yet.
Lucasta Miller's story of an infamous female poet in ruthless times - London in the 1820s.
Lucasta Miller's story of an infamous female poet in ruthless times - 1820s-30s London.
Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Rebecca Front's quirky take on all that is remarkable about everyday life.
Rainy Days and Mondays
Lauren Bacall Stole My Husband's Chip
John Hardy sy'n cyflwyno pytiau o'r archif yn ymwneud ag ieuenctid.
Mia Couto and Wayétu Moore, Mr B's Bookshop, Claire Alexander
Mia Couto and Wayétu Moore discuss two new African novels exploring colonialism and myth.
Mia Couto and Wayétu Moore discuss two new African novels exploring colonialism and myth
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Karen McCarthy Woolf joins Roger McGough
Gone for a Burton
A new radio poem from Jean Sprackland on her home town, brewing capital, Burton-upon-Trent