|01||The Vicars Of Bray||20000229||20020624|
Peter Ainsworth, music lover and Tory spokesperson on culture, explores the plight of Thomas Tallis and other English composers under the religious repression of the Reformation.
|02||Taking On The World||20000307||20020701|
Peter Ainsworth explores Beethoven's spiritual struggles as reflected in his music.
|03||Wagner And The Will To Conquer||20000314||20020708|
Peter Ainsworth examines the influence of Wagner's ideology on his music, on Germany, and on Hitler - one of his ardent fans.
|04||Uniting In Harmony||20000321||20020715|
Peter Ainsworth explores Verdi's contribution to the overthrow of foreign domination and the invention of Italy.
|05||The German For Ostrich||20000328||20020722|
Peter Ainsworth examines the ideological and moral dilemmas faced by Richard Strauss (whose name means ostrich) and other composers under the Third Reich.
|06 LAST||Missing Persons||20000404||20020729|
Peter Ainsworth goes in search of the elusive character of Dmitri Shostakovich and examines why argument still rages over whether he was an enthusiastic Communist, a naive escapist, or a cunning dissident.