Caryl Phillips reflects on young African John Ocansey exercising his freedom in Liverpool. Read more
Legacies of 1619
Caryl Phillips reflects on young African John Ocansey exercising his freedom in Liverpool.
Dance Till You Bleed: The World According to Hans Christian Andersen - Episode 1
The Most Incredible Thing. Toby Jones stars in five fairy-tale adaptations. 1/5
Dance Till You Bleed: The World According to Hans Christian Andersen - Episode 2
The Red Shoes. Toby Jones stars in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine. 2/5
Dance Till You Bleed: The World According to Hans Christian Andersen - Episode 3
Anne Lisbeth. Toby Jones stars in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine. 3/5
Dance Till You Bleed: The World According to Hans Christian Andersen - Episode 4
The Ice Maiden. Toby Jones stars as in five fairy-tale adaptations by Lucy Catherine. 4/5
Dance Till You Bleed: The World According to Hans Christian Andersen - Episode 5
The Wicked Prince. Thing. Toby Jones stars in five fairy-tale adaptations. 5/5
Ian Rankin on The Lord of the Flies
Ian Rankin chooses William Golding's The Lord of the Flies.
Bernardine Evaristo on Mrs Dalloway
Man Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo chooses Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway.
AL Kennedy on The Wind in the Willows
AL Kennedy chooses Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows
Elif Shafak on Anna Karenina
Elif Shafak chooses Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
Philippa Gregory on Jane Eyre
Historical author Philippa Gregory writes a new end for Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Beneath the Night
The Great Sky Above
Can we find meaning in the stars? Astronomer Dr Stuart Clark searches for answers.
Omens in the Heavens
In his second essay, astronomer Dr Stuart Clark takes a journey back in time.
Astronomer Dr Stuart Clark continues to explore our relationship with the night sky.
Touching the Night
Can we have a better future among the stars? Dr Stuart Clark investigates.
Above the Night
Has our relationship with the night sky changed forever? Dr Stuart Clark thinks so.
My Life in Music
The Lamb by John Tavener
Visits to a bird hide are accompanied by this song for singer-songwriter Kitty Macfarlane.
Rockin' in Rhythm by Duke Ellington sung by Ella Fitzgerald
In an airhead moment Soweto Kinch needs Ellington’s sonic reminder that joy is essential.
Disko Partizani by Shantel
Composer Roxanna Panufnik discovers an earworm in duty free at Tel Aviv airport.
The Protecting Veil by John Tavener
Steven Isserlis recalls the impact of a commission and his friendship with its composer.
Now, oh now I needs must part by John Dowland arranged by Percy Grainger
Kenneth Hamilton's mind is filled with Dowland's song of parting at his mother's death.
The Escape Artist
1: The Poet
The extraordinary life of Arthur Cravan and his influence on modern art.
2: The Boxer
3: The Most Hated Art Critic in France
4: The Living Artwork
5: The Deserter
Under the Influence
Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.
New Generation Thinkers
Philip Roscoe asks whether our expectations of the lone entrepreneur are unrealistic.
Emma Rice reveals the influences that stamp her work as a theatre director.
Parallels and Paradoxes
Shahidha Bari examines the ideas behind the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Shobana Jeyasingh on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.
Light in the Dark
Alexandra Harris explores the history of artificial light through literary sources.
Photographer and artist Tom Hunter on the impact that Vermeer has had on his work.
Looking beyond the Dead
Zoe Norridge ask why photos of Africa fix perceptions of the continent at its worst times.
Indian-born choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh reflects on the influences shaping her dances.
The Canon of Comics
Jon Adams compares the work of modern comic book enthusiasts to ancient biblical scholars.