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The Lost Colonists

Punt PI, Series 5 Episode 3 of 3

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 September 2012

Steve Punt turns private investigator, with the last part of a new series of weird cases.

The Lost Colonists. Punt is called on to examine a map which may hold clues to the mystery of the first English colonists to America who disappeared without trace.

In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh assembled a group of 118 men women and children to establish a settlement in modern day North Carolina. One of them, John White, shortly came back to England for supplies and when he returned to the island of Roanoke where he'd left them, they had completely vanished. A mysterious sign on a tree offered a clue to their whereabouts but they were never found. John White was also the map draughtsman for the expedition and an intriguing patch has recently been discovered on the map close to Roanoke. Could they be under the patch? Or could this be a very Elizabethan cover-up? Punt sheds gabardine and dons ruff and codpiece to get to the bottom of this 400 year old missing persons case.


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