Colm Toibin presents an intimate portrait of American poet John Ashbery, who died in 2017. Read more
John Ashbery - Portrait in a Convex Mirror
Colm Toibin presents an intimate portrait of American poet John Ashbery, who died in 2017.
Sally Marlow uncovers the creative legacy of residents at the Institute for Advanced Study
Haus Work: Women of the Bauhaus
Olivia Horsfall Turner tells the story of the women of the radical Bauhaus school.
Wild swimming enthusiast Alice Roberts examines the legacy of Waterlog by Roger Deakin.
Alexander Korda - Producer, Director, Exile, Spy
Matthew Sweet unearths movie mogul Alexander Korda's wartime role as a British agent.
Robinson Crusoe Road-Trip
Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe marks its 300th anniversary but does it have a future?
Literary Pursuits - Golding's Lord of The Flies
Golding's classic novel was saved from being rejected by Faber by the luckiest of chances.
Cristiani and Her Cello
Dr Kate Kennedy explores the life and journeys of pioneer cellist Lise Cristiani.
The Art of Rowing with Mary Wollstonecraft
Making waves - how did travelling as a single mother inspire Mary Wollstonecraft?
A Unicorn Quest
Short feature about unicorns from Hetta Howes one of the 2019 BBC New Generation Thinkers.
Cold War in Full Swing - Louis Armstrong in the GDR
Kevin Le Gendre discovers how Louis Armstrong came to play jazz in communist East Germany.
Everybody likes music, don't they?
Stories and reflections from people who have a complicated relationship with music.
Judy Punches Up
Punch and Judy - unexpected feminist icons?
Al-Andalus: the Legacy
Andrew Hussey journeys through Spain in search of the legacy of Al-Andalus.
Moral Machinery: The Invention of Mental Healthcare
How one individual led a revolution in care for the mentally ill.
Plot 5779: Unearthing Elizabeth Siddall
Actor Lily Cole plays Elizabeth Siddall who climbs out of her grave to tell her own story.
The Hidden Reservoir
Carlo Gebler on the role of the arts in healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
How theatre challenged the East German government - but was swept aside as communism fell.
The unknown tale of cold war communist Poland's unlikely love affair with electronic music
A Racist Music
Challenging the legacy of composer and racist ideologue John Powell (1882-1963).
Rewiring Raymond Scott
Ken Hollings assesses the legacy of the American electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott.
New Generation Thinkers: Glitter and Villainy
Glitter and Villainy: Camp performance and dressing to kill.
Painter Caroline Walker explores the life of Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi.
The Emergency - Creative freedom in wartime Dublin
Regan Hutchins tells the story of bohemian Dublin in World War II.
The Lonely Death of Stanley Bate
Simon Heffer explores the tragic life of Stanley Bate, enigma of English music.
Shades of Black: The Art and Genius of Archibald Motley Jr
How the artist Archibald Motley Jr captured the politics of skin tone in Jazz Age Chicago.
In search of Arabic classical music
Kate Molleson travels to Cairo to discover a lost aural music tradition.
The East Speaks Back
Jerry Brotton celebrates the world of Ottoman traveller Evliya Celebi.
Queen of Technicolor
Maureen O'Hara's journey from the Dublin suburbs to star of Hollywood's golden age.
New Generation Thinkers: The Air that I Breathe
New Generation Thinker Alun Withey reflects on our desire for clean air.
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Sarah Dillon reveals a tale of money and passion behind Dickens's Great Expectations.