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PROGRAMME 13: 24 June 2003|
* The Great Gale, Bridlington 1871-– when 30 ships were lost.
* Count Gustave Batthyany – why he gave Bridlington a lifeboat in the 1860s.
* Amy Johnson (1903–41) – pioneer aviator.
* The Daily Mail Broadcasting Yacht – first would-be radio pirate ship.
PROGRAMME 12: 17 June 2003|
* The Llanelli riots of 1911 – troops killed 2 bystanders.
* The Hexham Massacre – 51 deaths as militia opened fire.
* The Zeebrugge Raid – VCs by ballot.
* Richard Pickersgill – Captain Cook's trusted lieutenant
PROGRAMME 11: 10 June 2003|
* Prince Monolulu – the flamboyant racecourse tipster.
* Captain James Weddell – 19th-century Antarctic explorer
* U-boat by Westminster Bridge – what happened to surrendered U-boats.
* The Victorian working week – how its cut in hours led to the British weekend
PROGRAMME 10: 3 June 2003|
* Thomas Highs – underrated 18th-century cotton industry pioneer
* The Smallpox Hospital at Grays – and why it was soon abandoned
* Canadian Spitfire pilot Louis Cochand and RAF Holmsley South
* Dragging swords – the naval ceremonial tradition
PROGRAMME 9: 27 May 2003|
* Wellington’s Surgeon-General – Sir James McGrigor.
* Sake Deen Mahomed – the Indian who made his fortune massaging Regency aristocratic muscles.
* The Hartley Colliery Disaster of 1862.
* The Cro-Magnons – where did this early prehistoric people come from?
PROGRAMME 8: 20 May 2003|
* The bogus curate of Talland – why couples married twice in the early 1800s
* Taking the King’s shilling – enlisting in Wellington’s day
* The angels of Mons – the story of the Great War legend
* Boudicca’s last battle – the site of her final defeat by the Romans.
PROGRAMME 7: 13 May 2003|
* Julian of Norwich – mediaeval mystic and anchoress
* The Bisley Boy – the tale of a boy said to have been substituted for Queen Elizabeth I
* The Oaks Colliery disaster – the biggest mining disaster in the 19th century
* SS Petriana – the oil-tanker that caused an oil spill in Australia in 1903
PROGRAMME 6: 06 May 2003|
* The Maid of Lilliard’s Grave – the story of the Battle of Ancrum, 1545
* HMS Condor – the sloop that disappeared in the Pacific off Canada
* Lieutenant Stillwell at Waterloo – a Green Jackets officer who died in battle
* The Blue Ribbon Army – the temperance movement imported from America
PROGRAMME 5: 29 April 2003|
* Dr Roderigo Lopez – Shakespeare’s inspiration for Shylock
* Keynsham brass – brass-making in the Avon valley.
* Oliver Cromwell and the Drogheda massacre.
* The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion – founder of a branch of Methodism.
PROGRAMME 4: 22 April 2003|
* The Daily Express dragonfly air crash, 1937 - an aeronautical mystery
* ‘Wild’ Humphrey Kynaston - the cave dwelling highwayman.
* Robert Burns – his philandering and the moral climate in late 18th century Scotland.
* Sir Loin - a joint of beef knighted by James VI and I.
PROGRAMME 3: 15 April 2003|
* The Tower Subway – the tunnel that Tower Bridge replaced.
* The Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum – the Victorians and madness.
* Roman citizenship – how it was acquired and proved.
* Hearth tax and window tax – two long gone ways of raising revenue.
PROGRAMME 2: 8 April 2003|
* The infected blanket scandal of 1903
* The mole of Edge Hill – Joseph Williamson, the Liverpool tunneller
* King Harold – did he survive the Battle of Hastings?
* HMS Montague – the battleship that went aground on Lundy Island
PROGRAMME 1: 1 April 2003|
* General Karslake and the Quetta earthquake, 1935.
* The making of the Bayeux tapestry.
* The temperance movement – its beginnings in Preston, Lancashire, and the work of Lady Rosalind Carlisle.
* Wife-selling - in the 18th century.