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Political Sketch Writing, Enclosure Acts, Emma Butcher on Branwell Bronte, Pushkin House Book Prize

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Anne McElvoy and guests discuss the style of the general election and the job of sketch writers. Plus Emma Butcher marking 200 years since Branwell Bronte was born. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest:
John Crace
Interviewed Guest:
Quentin Letts
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Jenkins
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Butcher
Interviewed Guest:
Rosalind Blakesley
Interviewed Guest:
Charlotte Hobson

Charles I: Downfall of a King

Series 1

A Nation Divided

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Charles's predicament worsens. With the Queen implicated in the Irish rebellion, the King tries to buy off Pym by offering him the position of chancellor of the exchequer. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lisa Hilton
Charles I:
Will O'Connell
Queene Henrietta Maria:
Doireann McKenna
Charles II:
Lewis Crawford
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Champion
Interviewed Guest:
Jessie Childs
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Interviewed Guest:
Charles Spencer

Charles I: Downfall of a King

Series 1

The Final Showdown

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Having failed to bring round Pym, Charles accuses the 'Five Members' of high treason and marches on Westminster. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lisa Hilton
Charles I:
Will O'Connell
Queen Henrietta Maria:
Doireann McKenna
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Champion
Interviewed Guest:
Jessie Childs
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Interviewed Guest:
Charles Spencer

Charles I: Downfall of a King

Series 1

Two Worlds Collide

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Historical docudrama series. Following a Catholic uprising in Ireland, in which thousands of Protestants are killed, Parliament passes a vote of no confidence in Charles I's rule. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lisa Hilton
Charles I:
Will O'Connell
Queen Henrietta Maria:
Doireann McKenna
Charles II:
Lewis Crawford
Interviewed Guest:
Justin Champion
Interviewed Guest:
Jessie Childs
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Interviewed Guest:
Charles Spencer

Free Thinking

Dad's Army, Utopia in sci-fi, States of Mind at the Wellcome Collection

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

As Dad's Army inspires a film, Matthew Sweet looks at the fifth column, learns about a robot's emotions and looks at utopia in sci-fi. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Gardiner
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Fielding
Interviewed Guest:
Lola Canamero
Interviewed Guest:
Laurence Scott
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey

Free Thinking

Simon Russell Beale; Derek Jarman

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Actor Simon Russell Beale discusses playing the role of King Lear and composer Simon Fisher Turner talks about working with Derek Jarman. Presented by Samira Ahmed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Russell Beale
Interviewed Guest:
Simon Fisher Turner
Interviewed Guest:
Tacita Dean
Interviewed Guest:
Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest:
Jon Savage
Interviewed Guest:
Philip Roscoe
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Healey
Producer:
Laura Thomas