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Colm Toibin & Tony Robinson

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Martha Kearney, Colm Toibin and Sir Tony Robinson discuss their favourite books.

4 Extra Debut. Martha Kearney is joined by novelist Colm Toibin and the actor Sir Tony Robinson to discuss books by Mark Twain, Juan Jose Saer and Tim Winton. From July 2006.

Martha Kearney and her guests - novelist, Colm Tóibín and actor, Tony Robinson - discuss books by Mark Twain, Juan Jose Saer and Tim Winton. From 2006.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Publisher: Penguin

The Witness by Juan Jose Saer, trans. Margaret Jill Costa

Publisher: Serpent's Tail

Cloudstreet: A Novel, by Tim Winton

Publisher: Picador.

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A Date with Bevin

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Series using documentary evidence to throw new light on past events.

In 1946, the British Secret Service was concerned about a plot by Jewish terrorists to assassinate the Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin. Mike Thomson investigates.

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Peter Bazalgette & Ali Smith

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Martha Kearney is joined by television executive Peter Bazalgette and novelist Ali Smith.

4 Extra Debut. Martha Kearney is joined by TV executive Peter Bazalgette and novelist Ali Smith to discuss books by Suetonius, Lewis Grassic and Henry Fielding. From July 2006.

Martha Kearney and her guests - TV executive, Peter Bazalgette and novelist, Ali Smith - discuss books by Henry Fielding, Suetonius and Grassic Gibbon. From 2006.

'Lives of the Caesars' by Suetonius

Publisher: Oxford World's Classics

'Sunset Song' by Lewis Grassic

Publisher: Gibbon Polygon

'Joseph Andrews' by Henry Fielding

Publisher: Oxford World's Classics.

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Sir Digby Jones & Rupert Thomson

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Martha Kearney is joined by a former CBI director and a novelist to discuss summer books.

Martha Kearney is joined by former CBI Director General Sir Digby Jones and novelist Rupert Thomson to discuss books by Niall Ferguson, PG Wodehouse and Tim O'Brien. From Aug 2006.

Martha Kearney and her guests - business leader, Sir Digby Jones and cult novelist, Rupert Thomson - discuss books by Niall Ferguson, PG Wodehouse and Tim O'Brien. From 2006.

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson

Publisher: Penguin

The Clicking of Cuthbert by PG Wodehouse

Publisher: Penguin

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Publisher: Harper Collins.

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Great Lives

Series 10 Leon Trotsky

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Christopher Hitchens nominates Leon Trotsky, hero of the Russian Revolution.

4 Extra Debut. Writer and journalist Christopher Hitchens chooses Russian revolutionary leader, Leon Trotsky. With Matthew Parris. From August 2006.

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Series 10 Max Miller

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Garry Bushell nominates the 'cheeky chappie' who portrayed the voice of the working class.

4 Extra Debut. Garry Bushell chooses the music hall comedian. With Matthew Parris and first-hand expert analysis from Roy Hudd. From August 2006.

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Series 10 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Helena Kennedy champions Eleanor Roosevelt, who become a formidable campaigner.

4 Extra Debut. Helena Kennedy on Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights campaigner. With Matthew Paris and biographer, Blanche Wiesen Cook. From August 2006.

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Series 10 WH Auden

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Jeremy Vine is joined by Richard Davenport-Hines to explore the life and work of WH Auden.

4 Extra Debut. Broadcaster Jeremy Vine chooses the poet WH Auden. With Matthew Parris and Auden biographer Richard Davenport-Hines. From August 2006.

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John Tusa chronicles the making of modern Iran.

John Tusa presents the first of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. He talks to academics, statesmen and eye-witnesses, revisiting a turbulent century.

John Tusa presents the first of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. He talks to academics, statesmen and eye-witnesses, revisiting a turbulent century which began with the cultural revolution of 1906.

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Series 10 Nina Simone

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Joanna MacGregor talks about the acclaimed chanteuse, pianist, composer and activist.

Joanna MacGregor chooses the singer, pianist and activist. With Matthew Parris and expert analysis from Mark Coles. From September 2006.

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The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.

John Tusa presents the second of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government.

John Tusa presents the second of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. The oil crisis of the 1950s led to the overthrow of a democratically elected government, with British and American assistance.

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Series 10 Charles Darwin

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Businessman and academic Adair Turner talks about the life of Charles Darwin.

4 Extra Debut. Lord Adair Turner joins Matthew Parris to discuss the life and work of Charles Darwin. With Professor James Moore. From September 2006.

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The fall of the Shah led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic.

John Tusa presents the last of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. The fall of the Shah led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic.

John Tusa presents the last of three programmes chronicling the making of modern Iran. The fall of the Shah and the unstoppable rise of Ayatollah Khomeini led to the creation of the world's first Islamic republic. How has the nation adjusted to rule by clerics?

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Lesley Abdela & Greg Neale

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Sue MacGregor, Lesley Abdela and Greg Neale discuss their favourite books.

4 Extra Debut. Sue MacGregor talks to Lesley Abdela, founder of the 300 Group for women in politics, and historian Greg Neale about their favourite books. From October 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests- Lesley Abdela, expert on womens' rights and journalist Greg Neale - discuss their favourite paperbacks by Michael Frayn, Anita Brookner and Janet Wallach. From 2006.

Leaving Home by Anita Brookner

Publisher: Penguin

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell by Janet Wallach

Publisher: Phoenix

Towards the End of the Morning by Michael Frayn

Publisher: Faber.

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Germaine Greer presents a profile of eccentric 1970s rock icon Frank Zappa.

4 Extra Debut. Germaine Greer remembers the eclectic musician and activist who died in 1993. With Zappa's family and friends. From October 2006.

Germaine Greer presents a profile of Frank Zappa, the 1970s icon of eccentric rock whose range of work included serious orchestral composition, film-making and social activism, particularly in the field of anti-censorship.

Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil, guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso and David Butcher, chief executive of the Britten Sinfonia.

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Janet Reibstein & Roshan Doug

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Sue MacGregor and her guests, Janet Reibstein and Roshan Doug, discuss favourite books.

4 Extra Debut. Sue MacGregor talks to psychologist Janet Reibstein and poet Roshan Doug about books by Grace Paley, Dai Sijie and Philip Larkin. From October 2006.

Sue MacGregor, and her guests - poet, Roshan Doug and psychologist, Janet Reibstein - discuss books by Grace Paley, Dai Sijie and Philip Larkin. From 2006.

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

Publisher: Vintage

The Collected Stories of Grace Paley

Publisher: Virago

The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin

Publisher: Faber.

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Michael Dobbs & Antony Beevor

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Sue MacGregor, Michael Dobbs and Antony Beevor discuss favourite books.

4 Extra Debut. Sue MacGregor talks to author Michael Dobbs and historian Antony Beevor about much-loved books by Julian Barnes, Michael Morpurgo and George Orwell. From Oct 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests - author Michael Dobbs, and historian, Antony Beevor - discuss books by Julian Barnes, Michael Morpurgo and George Orwell. From 2006.

Arthur and George by Julian Barnes

Publisher: Vintage

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: HarperCollins

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Publisher: Penguin.

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Simon Thurley & Susan Blackmore

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Simon Thurley and Dr Susan Blackmore discuss their favourite books with Sue MacGregor.

4 Extra Debut. Sue MacGregor, Simon Thurley and Dr Susan Blackmore discuss favourite books by Sam Harris, Andrew Roberts and JD Salinger. From October 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests - Simon Thurley of English Heritage and psychologist Dr Sue Blackmore - discuss books by Sam Harris, Andrew Roberts and JD Salinger. From 2006.

For Esme with Love and Squalor by JD Salinger

Publisher: Penguin

Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble by Andrew Roberts

Publisher: HarperPerennial

The End of Faith by Sam Harris

Publisher: Free Press.

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Joanne Harris & Lisa Jardine

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The Man Booker judge and the author discuss much-loved books with host Sue MacGregor.

4 Extra Debut. Host Sue MacGregor, Man Booker judge Lisa Jardine and author Joanne Harris discuss much-loved books by Donna Leon, Patricia Duncker and Emily Bronte. From Oct 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests - author Joanne Harris and former Chair of the Man Booker prize, Professor Lisa Jardine - discuss books by Donna Leon, Patricia Duncker and Emily Bronte. From 2006.

Doctored Evidence by Donna Leon

Publisher: Arrow

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Publisher: Penguin Popular Classics

The Deadly Space Between by Patricia Duncker

Publisher: Picador.

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John Mullan and Tessa Hadley

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Literary journalist John Mullan and novelist Tessa Hadley join host Sue MacGregor.

Literary journalist John Mullan and novelist Tessa Hadley join host Sue MacGregor to discuss favourite books by Ford Madox Ford, EL Doctorow and JM Coetzee. From November 2006.

Sue MacGregor and her guests - novelist, Tessa Hadley and literary journalist, John Mullan - on books by Ford Madox Ford, EL Doctorow and JM Coetzee. From 2006.

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Publisher: Penguin

Ragtime by EL Doctorow

Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics

Boyhood: A Memoir by JM Coetzee

Publisher: Vintage.

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