A tabloid history of Shakespeare's England told via contemporary accounts of murder plots.
Treason and Plots
Sex and the City
Neil MacGregor on how a delicate glass goblet reveals the twin seductions of Venice.
From London to Marrakech
Sunken gold from West Africa sheds light on England's complex relationship with the Moors.
Disguise and Deception
A pedlar's trunk reveals deception and religion, cross-dressing and travelling salesmen.
The Flag That Failed
The problems in creating a Great Britain are encapsulated in designs for a common flag.
A Time of Change, a Change of Time
A striking clock reveals the changing relationship Shakespeare's audiences had to time.
Plague and the Playhouse
Early 17th-century proclamations reveal the impact of the 1603 plague outbreak.
London Becomes Rome
Neil MacGregor surveys the triumphal arches created for James I's entry into London.
The Theatres of Cruelty
A human eyeball in a silver setting gives a striking insight into the theatre of cruelty.
Shakespeare Goes Global
How a folio of collected plays in 1623 began the creation of a global phenomenon.
Pam Hogg and Mark Billingham
Pam Hogg and Mark Billingham choose their books worth reading.
Marie-Louise Muir and the team with a round-up from the world of arts and culture.
The Current War, How culture affects relationship expectations, Experimental novels, Cool culture
The Current War, culture and relationships, experimental novels, and cool culture
Mobeen speaks to ground-breaking Desi sport professionals about their achievements.
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.