The Radio 3 Documentary

In-depth documentaries which each week explore a different aspect of history, science, philosophy, film, visual arts and literature. The Sunday Feature is broadcast every Sunday at 7.45pm on BBC Radio 3. Each episode lasts 45 minutes. We aim to

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Sunday Feature: Into the Eerie

Will Abberley explores the recent interest in the ‘Eerie' amongst English artists, writers and musicians

Afterwords: Octavia E Butler

The words of celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer Octavia E. Butler take us on a journey of discovery.

Afterwords: Susan Sontag

A fragmentary look at the American writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers.

Sunday Feature: Gabriel Prokofiev: My Family and Russia

Composer Gabriel Prokofiev explores the shifting relationship between Russian music and the state across three generations.

Harmony of the spheres

Author Jerry Brotton goes in search of the ancient and very beautiful idea that places music at the centre of our universe: the Harmony of the Spheres

The Victorian Queens of Ancient Egypt

The Victorian women who brought the treasures of Ancient Egypt to northern England

Afterwords - Martha Gellhorn

Through the words of Martha Gellhorn, contemporary writers reflect on modern reporting

Keats Goes North

Fiona Stafford recreates John Keats’ epic walk of 1818 which inspired his greatest works

Silent Witness: John Cage, Zen and Japan

John Cage is arguably the most important composer of the 20th century, even though he's perhaps famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for writing a piece of music that is 4'33" of silence. Famous because it made his reputation - after all composers write music not silence – and infamous because not unsurprisingly, it's outraged,...

Afterwords – Toni Morrison

Reflections on the writer Toni Morrison through her own words and those of her peers

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