As Henry VIII's court painter, Hans Holbein witnessed and recorded the most notorious era in English history, but who really was Holbein? Where did he come from? And what were the dark and unsettling secrets hidden in his art?
Simon Armitage visits French beaches, German prison camps, so-called 'Thankful' villages and remote corners of the Scottish highlands as he considers the death of over 700,000 British soldiers in World War One.
World renowned photographer Rankin takes on the challenge of interpreting Rembrandt's portraits of old age, adapting the Dutch Master's techniques for his camera.
James Runcie meets the novelist Hilary Mantel, who has conjured the ghosts of Henry VIII and Lady Diana, and whose latest collection of short stories contemplates the possibility that Margaret Thatcher was assassinated in 1983.
Tom's takes a freewheeling journey into the secret life of the tent. It takes him back to the origins of human habitat; from the Yurts and Tipis of our nomadic past, to the German mecca of high tech, cutting edge tensile architecture.
Alastair Sooke shows that Stonehenge has long been a place of conflict and controversy, and that passions still run high at the monument where druids, archaeologists and scientists all battle for the soul of Stonehenge.
An exploration of Hanif Kureishi literary work. The Buddha of Suburbia and My Beautiful Laundrette author has amused, provoked, annoyed and betrayed for over four decades now.
Author and columnist Tony Parsons explores the history of boxing and its influence on the work of cultural giants, from Hemingway to Manet.
Alastair Sooke presents a moving and intimate portrait of Henri Matisse, with contributions from the Tate's Nicholas Serota, Hilary Spurling and Jacqueline Duheme, who worked with Matisse in the late 1940s at the critical turning point in his career.
Tom Dyckhoff meets the artists and architects reared on Lego, who are using it to reimagine our cities today, from Bjarke Ingels, 39, the leading architect of his generation, to international artist Olafur Elliasson.
Clemency Burton-Hill presents an intimate profile of Royal Court Theatre artistic director Vicky Featherstone, as she attempts to make theatre accessible to all.
Geoff Dyer and Catherine Brown celebrate the life and work of D.H. Lawrence by retracing his 1912 alpine journey, a trip that enabled him to complete his first masterpiece,'Sons and Lovers'.
Alan Yentob, in a bid to understand fashion designer Paul Smith, challenges him to choose the objects which sum up his life.
Miranda Sawyer meets Lady Gaga to talk about pop, art, her 'Little Monsters', and her latest album 'ARTPOP'.
Kate Bryan, travels to China to learn about the golden age of Chinese landscape painting; discover why ink is still favoured over paint and how the country's unique aesthetic was heavily influenced by those age old standards of class and politics.
Jon Ronson goes head to head with 'The Tipping Point' author in his New York home to talk about his latest work. In it Gladwell argues we get advantage and disadvantage the wrong way round.
Paul Mason, economics journalist and once a regular at the famous 'all-nighters' at Wigan Casino, discovers the origin of the Northern Soul underground music scene and explores why it continues to inspire such devotion.
JK Rowling reveals the exact nature of her novel 'The Casual Vacancy'.
Alastair Sooke meets portrait artist Jonathan Yeo as he prepares for a solo show at the National Portrait Gallery.
Interview with artist Damien Hirst; an English village sets up its own book prize; the return of Dr. Who.
Interview with cartoonist Robert Crumb; the legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement; Brixton prison inmates rehearse a production of 'Othello.'
Writer-director Woody Allen ('Melinda and Melinda'); children's author Jacqueline Wilson; the secret world of fonts.
With unique behind-the-scenes access to the most important date in the stand-up comedy calendar, Sue Perkins discovers the thrills of a good gig and the spills of a disparaging review as she follows three stand-up comedians at The Edinburgh Festival.
Ferryside in Wales tests TV's digital switchover; actor Liam Neeson ('Kinsey'); on tour with Kaiser Chiefs.
Alastair Sooke heads to the new exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings, artwork which lay undiscovered for hundreds of years and if published, could have transformed the history of anatomical knowledge.
Director Martin Scorsese ('The Aviator').
In June 2014 the first national exhibition to look back at the tradition of folk art in this country opens at Tate Britain. Artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane get a preview of the show and give their own take on what folk art is.
Alastair Sooke heads to Venice with art historian Dr. Bendor Grosvenor to explore the city's old and new art.
Author Kurt Vonnegut.
Miranda Sawyer enters the wild imagination of celebrated British conceptual artist Ryan Gander. A cultural magpie renowned for his playful, cryptic and complex creations.
A report from the Celtic Connections Music Festival.