The travels of the first Englishman in India, and the hunt for a lost poetic masterpiece.
Harlem on Fire
Afua Hirsch goes on the search of a long-lost masterpiece from the Harlem Renaissance.
Tales from the Caspian Sea
Professor Bettany Hughes investigates the rich cultural history of the Caspian Sea.
Dr Bettany Hughes illuminates the neglected culture of the Caspian Sea and its hinterland.
The Pine Tree
The magical story of the tree that sits at the heart of Christmas day.
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Sarah Dillon reveals a tale of money and passion behind Dickens's Great Expectations.
Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
Sarah Dillon explores the arduous composition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.
Jane Austen's Persuasion
Sarah Dillon discovers how Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion, was written.
James Joyce's Dubliners
Sarah Dillon recounts James Joyce's epic struggle to publish his first book, Dubliners.
Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice
Exploring the long journey to publication of EM Forster's gay love story, Maurice.
Literary Pursuits - R.L Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde
Sarah Dillon finds out the story behind the writing of R.L. Stevenson's 'Jekyll and Hyde.'
Literary Pursuits - Les Miserables
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Keats Goes North
Fiona Stafford follows poet John Keats’ epic 1818 walk, which inspired his greatest works.
Afterwords: Martha Gellhorn
Through the work of Martha Gellhorn, contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting.
Afterwords: Susan Sontag
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
The Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt
Samira Ahmed on the women who brought ancient Egypt to Britain’s industrial north.
A History of The Tongue
A succulent and mouthwatering portrait of one of the body's least talked about organs.
A History of the Tongue
My Trouble with Classical Music
David Baddiel is on a quest to like classical music.
Into the Eerie
Will Abberley explores the recent interest in the eerie within English culture.
An exploration of the rich and surprising history of jazz in Japan.
Gabriel Prokofiev - My Family and Russia
The shifting relationship between Russian music and the state across three generations.
The Deluxe Edition
Sean Williams takes a first-class journey through the enduring contradictions of luxury.
Harmony of the Spheres
Going in search of the music at the centre of our cosmos: the Harmony of the Spheres.
The Actors' Guide to the Emotions
Shahidha Bari traces the changing portrayal of emotions on the stage.
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?
We explore the importance and significance of black fatherhood.
Talking about London's diverse communities and the issues affecting them.
Peter Allen and Chloe Tilley with the verdict on the week's news.
Radio 4's Sunday night political discussion programme.
Westminster Hour 16 June 2019
Carolyn Quinn and guests discuss the Conservative leadership race