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   Inside Out - South: Monday September 12, 2005

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Chris Packham and Graham Briggs
Intentional investigation - Inside Out tracks down our man

Inside Out investigates an international con man, the impact of Tourettes Syndrome, and the South's prehistoric landscapes of The Ridgeway.


On the track of an international conman

Chris Packham is on the trail of an international fraudster who began his career as a conman on the Isle of Wight.

Chris meets the latest victims of Graham Briggs who thought they'd retired to the good life in Southern France.

As Graham Briggs funds a life of expensive boats and cars, his elderly victims are having to sell up and face difficult years ahead.

Briggs has been on the run for months, but Inside Out tracks him down to a marina in southern Spain.

Celebrating the South's prehistoric landscapes

The Ridgeway is Britain's oldest road, running for 85 miles through Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. It extends from Ivinghoe Beacon in the north to Overton Hill in the south.

Find out how the Ridgeway was formed by a collision with Africa - and how migrating herds of reindeer and horses may have worn the tracks which now form Britain's oldest road.

Ridgeway
Ancient route - The Ridgeway is one of the South's wonders

Archaeologist Lucinda Reeves continues her ramble across the prehistoric landscapes of southern England.

Joining her at Uffington this week is the Chief Archaeologist for English Heritage, David Miles.

Much of the Ridgeway follows the ancient chalk ridge route used by prehistoric man, passing through two distinct landscapes - the open downland of the west and the gentle, wooded countryside of the Chiltern Hills in the east.

The route crosses the River Thames at Goring and the landscape changes once again, becoming more intimate and less open before heading eastwards into the Chiltern Hills.

For centuries The Ridgeway has provided a route for travellers, cattle drovers, traders and armies moving through this corridor of fertile chalk downland.

The power of music

Meet Nick - who has Tourettes.

Nick
Healing power - how music can help Tourettes sufferers

Throughout his childhood Nick and his family have struggled to cope with the effects of a syndrome which saw Nick spending six months in psychiatric care as a 14-year-old.

But now his songs and music have had an astonishing effect on his condition.

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterised by involuntary tics.

For more information and help please contact:

Tourette Syndrome Association - Helpline: 0845 458 1252
E-mail: enquiries@tsa.org.uk

See also ...

Inside Out: South
Lottery scam

On the rest of Inside Out
Exmoor

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bbc.co.uk/sevenwonders

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Tourette Syndrome Association GB
National Trails

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