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PROGRAMME 12: 17 December 2002|
* Aston Villa Football Club - Methodists – Villa's role in forming the Football League.
* The Greenwich Foot Tunnel – why it was built in 1902.
* Charles Darwin – and how mid-Victorian Britain reacted to his revolutionary ideas.
* Banknote engravers – and their secret work in wartime.
PROGRAMME 11: 10 December 2002|
* Fotheringhay Castle – and its link to Mary Queen of Scots.
* Paul Reynaud – Churchill’s French counterpart.
* The Great Schism - how the Christian Church split 1000 years ago.
* Redoubt fortresses and Martello towers.
PROGRAMME 10: 3 December 2002|
* Captain Jean-Jacques Lucas.
* The short-lived British colony designed as a whaling station.
* Sigismund Rentzsch - 19th-century watchmaker.
* Burning boats at Gravesend - symbolism or hooliganism?
* The Julian Calendar.
PROGRAMME 9: 26 November 2002|
* Aspects of a soldier’s life - White breeches, drumming out and the Riot Act.
* William Blake’s grave and the old Dissenters’ burial ground in London.
* The Edwardian Man in the Iron Mask.
* Lady Godiva of Coventry - the legend and its observance.
PROGRAMME 8: 19 November 2002|
* The St Brice’s Day Massacre, 1002 - ethnic cleansing of Danes in England
* HMS Bulwark and HMS Princess Irene - how they exploded in W.W.1.
* Lewes Bonfire Night and its anti-Catholic origins.
* The London Gazette - the history of the official newspaper of record.
PROGRAMME 7: 12 November 2002|
* Sir Joseph Williamson, Charles II’s Secretary of State.
* The Rye House plot - the failed scheme to assassinate Charles II.
* The Maxim machine-gun - the weapon that changed war.
* Hiram Codd - the man whose bottles revolutionised fizzy drinks.
PROGRAMME 6: 4 November 2002|
* The Antarctic Northern Party - the survivors of Captain Scott's expedition.
* Thorpeness and the House in the Clouds - the fantasy holiday village.
* Oilseed crushing - Hull's great 19th-century industry
* Horsehoes - who first thought of shoeing a horse?
PROGRAMME 5: 29 October 2002|
* News of Nelson’s death - how the news got back and to where.
* The Prince Bishops of Durham - the powerful mediaeval prelates.
* Flannan Light - the mystery of the Scottish lighthouse.
* Sir John Cass - the seventeenth-century London businessman and philanthropist..
PROGRAMME 4: 22 October 2002|
* Whalebone and corsets. The industry that changed the shape of the body.
* The Girl Pat. The Grimsby fishing boat that vanished
* The Huddersfield Workhouse scandal.
* The Benin expedition of 1897. A sorry chapter in British imperial history
PROGRAMME 3: 15 October 2002|
* The Olde Mitre - in London or Cambridgeshire?. Why an ancient tavern is not part of the City of London.
* Charles Atlas (1893 - 1972). The world's most perfectly developed man?
* Belvederes - the look-out towers of Maldon. Watching for ships from an Essex port
* Khalid Sheldrake and the South Shields Port Riots - a Muslim convert's involvement in race riots
PROGRAMME 2: 8 October 2002|
* Woking Mosque - the first purpose-built mosque in Britain.
* The sweating sickness - the epidemic which killed thousands in Tudor times.
* Two female eighteenth-century pirates.
* Big Bertha - the big howitzer used by the Germans to attack Liège in W.W.1.
PROGRAMME 1: 1 October 2002|
* Defender of the Faith - F.D. or Fidei Defensor on coins.
* Elisabethville - the Belgian village in County Durham.
* The Cotton Famine - the crisis in the Lancashire cotton industry in the 1860s.
* Spartacus - the story of the rebel gladiator