On-demand recommendations

This month

Fry's English Delight

Radio Times Choice
The Trial of Qwerty
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Stephen Fry examines the development of the modern keyboard layout - known as qwerty - in the 1870s, which was...

The Report

Radio Times Choice
ChemSex
28mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone have became infamous among health workers an an unholy trinity of...

Open Country

Radio Times Choice
Open Country
24mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Helen Mark talks to sculptor Antony Gormley about his latest work - a figure gazing down into the...

Crisis in the Curry Kitchen

Crisis in the Curry Kitchen
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates how a critical shortage of chefs is threatening the future of the British curry...

It's Not What You Know

It's Not What You Know
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Miles Jupp discovers how well a panel of celebrity guests know their nearest and dearest. In this case, Richard...

The Stuarts

Radio Times Choice
William III and Mary II: To Have and To Hold
58mins
BBC iPlayer

Mike Walker's chronicle of the Stuart dynasty returns with the story of the marriage of Mary Stuart and William...

In the Psychiatrist's Chair

Spike Milligan
45mins
BBC iPlayer

The writer and comedian tells Professor Antony Clare about the profound impact of shell shock on his mental...

In the Psychiatrist's Chair

Billie Whitelaw
39mins
BBC iPlayer

Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw tells Professor Anthony Clare about the profound impact that Samuel Beckett...

Born in the DDR

Born in the DDR
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Jonathan Myerson's drama follows the incredible night in July 1988, when Bruce Springsteen played a gig in East...

Private Passions

Alison Goldfrapp
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Alison Goldfrapp discusses the music that has inspired her, including tracks by Jessye Norman, the Bulgarian...

The Man of the Mani

The Man of the Mani
28mins
BBC iPlayer

John Humphrys travels to the Greek village of Kardamyli on the Mani peninsula to explore the significance of the...

Natural Histories

Giant Squid
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Brett Westwood delves into the mysteries surrounding giant squid to ask why it is portrayed as a Kraken lurking...

One to One

Michael Grade speaks to Juno Roche
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Michael Grade talks to those who have taken great risks in their lives. When schoolteacher Juno Roche changed...

The Doctor's Dementia

The Doctor's Dementia
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Jennifer Bute, a GP who became a dementia campaigner, reveals how her 30-year career as a doctor allowed her to...

Bunk Bed

Bunk Bed
13mins
BBC iPlayer

Peter Curran and Patrick Marber climb into bunk beds and chat for another round of pillow talk, allowing...

Afternoon on 3

Nielsen 150 Opera Matinee: Maskarade
150mins
BBC iPlayer

Penny Gore presents Nielsen's opera Maskarade with a Danish cast and Michael Sch√łnwandt conducting the Danish...

Cutting Up the Cut-Up

Cutting Up the Cut-Up
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Writer Ken Hollings examines how an artistic device called the `cut-up' has been employed by artists and...

Rapunzel

Parlez Vous
15mins
BBC iPlayer

New series. Parlez Vous. By Julie Mayhew. The first of three stories inspired by the classic fairy tale. A woman...

Mrs Thatcher and the Writers

Mrs Thatcher and the Writers
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Booker Prize-winning authors Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan and Alan Hollinghurst discuss the influence of former...

One to One

Michael Grade talks to Kolbassia Haoussou
15mins
BBC iPlayer

Michael Grade is fascinated by those who risk all to find a better life in another country. He talks to...

The Life Scientific

Anil Seth
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Psychologist Anil Seth of Sussex University discusses the problem of understanding consciousness with Jim...

Opera on 3

WNO: Peter Pan
195mins
BBC iPlayer

Erik Nielsen conducts the Welsh National Opera in the British premiere of Richard Ayres and Lavinia Greenlaw's...

When We Are Married

When We Are Married
90mins
BBC iPlayer

Three couples celebrating silver weddings discover they are not married. Comedy drama by JB Priestley, with Alun...

Private Passions

Jung Chang
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Writer Jung Chang talks to Michael Berkeley about Chinese and Western music, which was banned during her...

Between the Ears

Between the Ears: Bee Journal
30mins
BBC iPlayer

Sean Borodale's intimate poem sequence, written as a series of field notes over two years in Somerset, which...

Morning Everyone

Morning Everyone
60mins
BBC iPlayer

Cricketers past and present, along with commentators and friends join Rory Bremner to celebrate the life of...

My Big Fat Documentary

My Big Fat Documentary
28mins
BBC iPlayer

Entertainer, performance artist and regular Loose Ends contributor Scottee discusses his `fat pride' talent show...