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A History of Ideas

This major new 60-part radio series offers a fresh take on some of the big philosophical questions of our age. 

BBC Radio 4

Open University programmes on TV, radio and online

The OU has a unique partnership with the BBC, co-producing content for radio, television and online channels. We also work with a range of other broadcasters in the UK and internationally.
Here’s what’s coming up in next few days and what you can catch up with via iPlayer.

BBC Radio 4
Wednesday 3:00pm
22 Aug 2018

Economics with Subtitles

Your everyday guide to economics and why you should care.

BBC Four
Thursday 1:00am
23 Aug 2018

Genius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.

Thursday 8:00am
23 Aug 2018

Inventing the Impossible: The Big Life Fix

Leading inventors create ingenious solutions to everyday problems for people in desperate need.

Thursday 11:15pm
23 Aug 2018

Hospital - Series 1

Hospital, our new six-part co-production with the BBC, is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times.

Friday 9:00pm
24 Aug 2018

Extraordinary Rituals

Explore the spectacular and emotional world of rituals.

Saturday 12:35am
25 Aug 2018

The Prosecutors

Prosecutors tackle an organised criminal gang flying drugs into prisons and a modern slavery network.

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