2015

January

February

March

  • Beowulf 5 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the epic poem Beowulf, one of the masterpieces of Anglo-Saxon literature.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Dark Matter 12 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss dark matter, the mysterious and invisible substance which is believed to make up most of the Universe.
    520 Astronomy
  • Al-Ghazali 19 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Al-Ghazali, a major philosopher and theologian of the late 11th century.
    290 Other religions
  • The Curies 26 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the scientific achievements of the Curie family.
    530 Physics

April

May

June

  • Prester John 4 Jun
    In the Middle Ages, Prester John was seen as the great hope for Crusaders struggling to hold on to, then regain, Jerusalem.
    900 History
  • A moral theory that emphasises ends over means, Utilitarianism holds that a good act is one that increases pleasure in the world and decreases pain.
    170 Ethics
  • Jane Eyre 18 Jun
    The story of Jane Eyre is one of the best-known in English fiction.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Extremophiles 25 Jun
    In 1977, scientists in the submersible ‘Alvin’ were exploring the deep ocean bed off the Galapagos Islands.
    570 Biology

July

September

  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the rise of the idea of perpetual motion and its decline, in the 19th Century, with the Laws of Thermodynamics.
    530 Physics

October

November

  • P v NP 5 Nov
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the problem of P versus NP, which has a bearing on online security.
    510 Mathematics
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss The Battle of Lepanto, 1571, the last great sea battle between galleys, in which the Catholic fleet of the Holy League of principally Venice, Spain, the Papal States, Malta, Genoa, and Savoy defeated the Ottoman forces of Selim II.
    940 History of Europe
  • Emma 19 Nov
    Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the outbreak of witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692-3, centred on Salem, which led to the execution of twenty people, with more dying in prison before or after trial.
    130 Parapsychology and occultism

December