Nosing around Osterley House, currently owned and run by the National Trust, Matthew Sweet and guests discuss our enduring fascination with the grand country estate. Countless stories, films and plays are set in the rarefied and actually very rare setting of the country estate, a world of valets and scullery maids, viscounts and self-mades, Kind Hearts and Coronets. This year has seen the TV series Downtown Abbey become a film. Every weekend hundreds of thousands of us visit the former homes of the 1% to gawp at the gardens and taste the tea. Have they become a place of reflection, …
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Philip Dodd with Douglas Murray, David Goodhart, Beatrix Campbell & Maya Goodfellow.
Rana Mitter looks at the ideologies surrounding climate disaster
A look at changing attitudes about sportswomen, once dubbed unfeminine, & LGBT athletes
Matthew Sweet asks how did the English language grow & what are the key election phrases?
Rereading Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence.
Shahidha Bari discusses pan-Africanism in plays, films, literature and politics.
The company that gave the world atrocious corporate violence and beautiful art
Food for thought? Eleanor Barraclough hosts Vicky Avery, Priya Basil, and Maia Elliott.
Matthew Sweet and guests reflect on the experimental art of Nam June Paik and John Giorno
Should we take more breaks at during the working day? With Claudia Hammond.
Harvard's Larry Summers & OU's Josie Fraser on the impact of technology & globalisation
Rana Mitter talks to historians of China Jung Chang and Julia Lovell, & reporter Cindy Yu
Writer of the English provinces?
Celebrating George Eliot with readings from Fiona Shaw
Investigating regeneration and gentrification in the new arts hub.
Research on reporting hangings, assassinations & propaganda from the Being Human Festival
Why do the legendary walls of a Bronze Age city still cast such a long shadow?
Hetta Howes talks to winners of this year's AHRC Research in Film Awards
What does who we date and how we date say about us?