• Tycho Brahe 2 Feb
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the pioneering Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546 - 1601) whose charts offered an unprecedented level of accuracy.
    520 Astronomy
  • Chartism 9 Feb
    On 21 May 1838 an estimated 150,000 people assembled on Glasgow Green for a mass demonstration.
    320 Political science
  • Stevie Smith 16 Feb
    In 1957 Stevie Smith published a poetry collection called Not Waving But Drowning - and its title poem gave us a phrase which has entered the language.
    820 English and Old English literatures
  • Paul Erdős 23 Feb
    Paul Erdos (1913 - 1996) is one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century.
    510 Mathematics


  • Megaliths 2 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss megaliths - huge stones placed in the landscape, often visually striking and highly prominent.
    930 History of ancient world
  • The Ramayana 9 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic which is regarded as one of the greatest works of world literature.
    290 Other religions
  • Mercantilism 16 Mar
    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how, between the 16th and 18th centuries, Europe was dominated by an economic way of thinking called mercantilism.
    330 Economics