On-demand recommendations

This month

Great Lives

Radio Times Choice
Ian McKellen on Edmund Hillary
27mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Return of the programme profiling major cultural figures, beginning with Ian McKellen examining the...

The Misogyny Book Club

The Price of an Apple
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Jo Fidgen and a selection of readers take a fresh look at some of the world's most-read books to discover how...

The Echo Chamber

Radio Times Choice
Clive James
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Paul Farley talks to Clive James about his recent poetry, which focuses on death, in light of a spate of illness...

BBC Proms 2015

Prom 23: Verdi: Requiem
105mins
BBC iPlayer

Karen Cargill, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Donald Runnicles live in concert at the Royal Albert...

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Mark Radcliffe presents live from the 51st Cambridge Folk Festival, with contributions by guests including Joan...

Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Documentary exploring the history of the NHS through the story of the first hospital built for the service, the...

Under the Mushroom Cloud

Under the Mushroom Cloud
15mins
BBC iPlayer

An eyewitness account of the events in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, by 98-year-old Dr Shuntaro Hida, who lived...

America's Fan Club

America's Fan Club
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Emma Barnett explores the growing support for the Daughters of the American Revolution, a women-only club that...

A Cold War Dance

A Cold War Dance
30mins
BBC iPlayer

How the US State Department sponsored the Martha Graham Dance Company to tour south-east Asia in 1974, to show...

Meet David Sedaris

Radio Times Choice
Meet David Sedaris
30mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. The American humorist reads from his comedy essays - a story of questionable childcare and a problem...

Terry Alderton's All Crazy Now

Terry Alderton's All Crazy Now
15mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Fifteen minutes of unpredictable comedy and music with the cockney funnyman.

The Night Shift

The Night Shift
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Sarah Montague investigates the risks involved in working the nightshift, with evidence suggesting it is...

Mystery Theater

Lifeboat: Tallulah Bankhead
50mins
BBC iPlayer

An American drama produced in 1943 by US broadcaster NBC radio. Survivors find themselves adrift in the...

Shhhhhhh

Shhhhhhh
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Lucy Powell investigates the spiritual value of silence, a subject that has fascinated her ever since she was...

BBC Proms 2015

Prom 16: Late Night with BBC Radio 1
90mins
BBC iPlayer

Radio 1's first-ever Prom is less concert and more dance-party - a musical homage to Ibiza and its infectious,...

Friday Night Is Music Night

King's Lynn Festival
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Ken Bruce introduces the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Richard Balcombe, in a celebration of the Magic of...

Inside the Ethics Committee

Suicide
42mins
BBC iPlayer

The case of a suicidal 22-year-old woman, asking how far medical teams should go to prevent her ending her own...

On Air with Annie Nightingale

On Air with Annie Nightingale
57mins
BBC iPlayer

The DJ shares memories of her 50 years in broadcasting, chatting to members of Primal Scream, Underworld,...

The Bletchley Girls

The Bletchley Girls
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Tessa Dunlop sheds light on the stories of the many women who worked in Alan Turing's famous crytanalysis unit...

Should Extremism be a Crime?

Should Extremism be a Crime?
40mins
BBC iPlayer

John Ware investigates plans to criminalise the activities of those classed as non-violent extremists, and...

Flexagon Radio

Hugh Aldersey-Williams
28mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Murray Lachlan Young invites Hugh Aldersey-Williams to combine his favourite sounds by feeding them...

Mind Changers

Radio Times Choice
Carol Dweck and Growth Mindset
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Claudia Hammond returns to examine the work of more people whose work has changed the understanding of the human...

Mystery Theater

Drive In: Judy Garland
60mins
BBC iPlayer

A spooky thriller set at a US drive-in, originally broadcast in the US in 1946 by American public broadcaster...

How to Make an Archive on 4

How to Make an Archive on 4
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Alan Dein enters the strange world of instructional records, where you can teach yourself almost anything - from...

Tender Is the Night: A Romance

Tender Is the Night: A Romance
58mins
BBC iPlayer

By F Scott Fitzgerald. Dramatised by Robin Brooks. Aspiring young actress Rosemary Hoyt finds herself instantly...

Friday Night Is Music Night

Friday Night Is Music Night
117mins
BBC iPlayer

Michael Praed, who starred as the titular outlaw in TV's Robin of Sherwood back in the 1980s, introduces music...

Inside the Ethics Committee

Amputation
41mins
BBC iPlayer

Joan Bakewell and a panel of experts debate the moral foundations of medical decisions. They begin with an...

No Triumph, No Tragedy

No Triumph, No Tragedy
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Peter White talks to disabled people who have overcome adversity, starting with newly appointed Cabinet Member...

The Hang Drum Phenomenon

The Hang Drum Phenomenon
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Evelyn Glennie explores the story of a new percussion instrument - The Hang, a tuned metal pan that looks like a...