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PROGRAMME 13: 13 July 2004
* Margaret Catchpole and the River Orwell - how a Suffolk housemaid who stole a horse became an East Anglian folk heroine.
* The SS Rostock - the German hospital ship arrested in the weeks after D-Day.
* Richard Cobden - free trade reformer and Great Briton.
* Ally Sloper - his rise to stardom as first great comic strip hero.
PROGRAMME 12: 6 July 2004
* The Sack of Constantinople (1204) – why the Crusade turned on a Christian city
* The Imperial Camel Corps – going to war on a ship of the desert
* The Hanseatic cog – medieval tramp ship
* The Battle of Great Severn – Colonial America and the English Civil War
PROGRAMME 11: 29 June 2004
* Villa Hvidore – Queen Alexandra’s Danish retreat
* The Graf Zeppelin – visiting Britain in the 1930s
* Henry Morton Stanley – the background he tried to hide
* The Dynosphere – the motorised monowheel of the 1930s
PROGRAMME 10: 22 June 2004
* The Flying Flea – 1930s flying craze
* Hiring fairs – forerunners of job centres
* Perkin Warbeck – impostor or prince?
* Michael Fairless – who was the 19th-century author of The Roadmender?
PROGRAMME 9: 15 June 2004
* Wartime evacuation in Gibraltar – why evacuees went to Casablanca
* Broad gauge railway – and Castle Hill station on the Wycombe line
* The Filey Fishermen’s Choir – and Methodist revivalism
* The British Militia – and why the Rutland militia were based at Winchester in 1805
PROGRAMME 8: 25 May 2004
* The Gloucestershire woollen cloth industry – its rise and fall
* Land reclamation on the north Norfolk coast – why Cley isn’t ‘next-the-sea’
* The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff – the worst maritime disaster in history
PROGRAMME 7: 18 May 2004
* The Colossus of Rhodes – did it really stand astride the island’s main harbour?
* Dunsterforce – the First World War Allied military expedition in Persia
* Nelson’s avenger – the man who shot the man who shot Nelson
* Health and 18th-century country houses – how accurate are TV costume dramas?
PROGRAMME 6: 11 May 2004
* Brighton Camp – the 1795 mutiny
* The disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg – rescuer of Jews from the gas chambers
* Alfred Piccaver – English tenor and son of Vienna
* Palmerston and Sandringham – did he help purchase the Royal Family’s country home?
PROGRAMME 5: 4 May 2004
* The Jacobites and Tilbury Fort – the Culloden connection
* The King’s German Legion and Bexhill – the German soldiers who fought for Britain
* The Tristan Stone – is it the Tristan who loved Isolde?
* Lord Palmerston and Queen Victoria – why she never liked him
PROGRAMME 4: 27 April 2004
* Thomas Lord – the man who gave his name to the headquarters of cricket
* Shanghai Defence Force, 1927 – the army that went out east
* Hungary dismembered – the Trianon effect, 1920
* The unification of England, 927 AD – the accomplishment of King Athelstan?
PROGRAMME 3: 20 April 2004
* Ramsey Abbey – the forgotten intellectual powerhouse of the Fens
* Platt’s Eyot – the Thames island which was once home of the electric boat
* Bronowski’s bricks – the smokeless fuel pioneered by the famous scientist, academic and broadcaster
* King’s Lynn Riot, 1852 – election fervour run wild
PROGRAMME 2: 13 April 2004
* 1759 – a turning point in British history?
* Shackleton’ s Endurance expedition 1914-1917 – was Chippy McNeish an unrecognised hero?
* James FitzJames, Duke of Berwick – the British Duke who led the French against the British
* Coronation Park, Dartmouth – a ships’ graveyard
PROGRAMME 1: 6 April 2004
* Oloudah Equiano – former slave, abolitionist and writer and his Cambridgeshire connections
* Samuel Morland (1625-95) – inventor and spy
* The development of the kilt and Highland costume
* The sinking of The Duchess of Buccleuch, 1842