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Episode 2

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 February 2011

Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores 'the curious lives of the elements' through history, literature, science and art.

Some elements heal and some harm: chlorine has saved lives, fluorine, bromine and iodine have all played medicinal roles with varying degrees of effectiveness; but it was to another element that Agatha Christie turned when needing a fictional instrument of murder.

Reader : Michael Maloney

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

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