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Begins Tuesday 6 April 2004, 3.00-3.30 p.m

Sue Cook presents the series that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

Email the programme with your questions.

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PROGRAMME 13: 13 July 2004
Richard Cobden. * 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
Image of the Imperial Camel Corps regimental badge. * 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
Image of the Graf Zeppelin. * 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
Image of the flying flea. * 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
Image of Gibraltar. * 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
Image of James Hargreaves' invention, the spinning jenny. * 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
Image of Horation Nelson. * 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
Image of Raoul Wallenberg. * 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
Image of Lord Palmerston. * 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
A coin of King Athelstan's reign. * 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
Jacob Bronowski. * 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
HMS Endurance. * 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
The royal Stuart tartan. * 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

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Sue Cook
Sue Cook studied psychology, English, sociology and archaeology at Leicester University. She was part of the team that presented the hugely successful early evening magazine programme Nationwide on BBC1.

She went on to present BBC's Crimewatch before moving to Channel Four where she introduced Collector's Lot.

Her involvement with Radio Four is long standing where she, of course, now presents Making History

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