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PROGRAMME 13: 23 December 2003|
* Bruce Bairnsfather – creator of the Old Bill cartoons
* The Great Bed of Ware
* The Battle of Waterloo boxer heroes – remembered in a Nottinghamshire churchyard
* Coal and wine tax posts – in a ring around London
PROGRAMME 12: 16 December 2003|
* Daisy Dormer - music-hall star.
* Kurt - the German bouncing bomb.
* Roman roads - what the Romans called the roads they built in Britain.
* Early submarines - what it was like to serve on them
PROGRAMME 11: 9 December 2003|
* Sawney Bean – the Scottish cannibal
* The Slapton Sands incident – the Exercise Tiger disaster, 1944
* Farnham Royal – how it got its Royal tag
* Bath stone – the stone that created Bath
PROGRAMME 10: 2 December 2003|
* Wicked Ernest – a royal scandal in 1810
* Adolf Hitler in Liverpool – was he ever there?
* The Scottish monasteries – were they dissolved in the 16th century?
* The Battle of Corunna and the army’s new boots
PROGRAMME 9: 25 November 2003|
* Brighton viaduct wartime bombing
* Potato Jones, the Welsh gun-runner in the Spanish Civil War
* What happened to the R100? – the rival to the ill-fated R101
* Why would a Victorian have a foreign passport?
* Follow-up item on Winifred Atwell’s other piano
PROGRAMME 8: 18 November 2003|
* Winifred Atwell’s ‘other’ piano – the popular star of the fifties
* French émigrés at St Pancras – Catholics who fled the French Revolution
* The creation of MI5
* The Battle of Corunna in the Peninsular War
PROGRAMME 7: 11 November 2003|
* Isaac Ewer, regicide – one of the signatories to Charles I’s death warrant
* Madame Tussaud and wax sculpture
* The history of passports
* The Wavy Navy – the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
PROGRAMME 6: 4 November 2003|
* The sinking of the M/S Pilsudski – a Polish troop ship mined in 1939
* Robert FitzRoy – the father of weather forecasting
* Havering Palace – a royal house in Essex
* Hundred rolls and the Liber Niger – mediaeval documents and their uses
PROGRAMME 5: 28 October 2003|
* The firing of Breadsall church – were suffragettes responsible?
* Overarm bowling in cricket – who invented it?
* Mummers’ plays – the origins of the traditional folk drama
* BC and AD, and the 24-hour day – when were they introduced?
PROGRAMME 4: 21 October 2003|
* King John’s treasure – how it came to be lost in the Wash
* Blenheim bombers crashed in France in June 1940
* The Goodwin Sands – who were they named after?
* The Chatterley explosion – a mining accident in 1870
PROGRAMME 3: 14 October 2003|
* The Gawcott uprising – a farmworkers’ strike over low wages in 1867
* The Charfield train crash, 1928
* George Orwell’s grave – why was he buried in Oxfordshire?
* Cotton machine fitters working in Tsarist Russia
PROGRAMME 2: 7 October 2003|
* The end of the highwaymen
* The Battle of Knocknanuss, 1647
* The Senghenydd colliery disaster, 1913
* The ‘Red Arches’ viaduct on Hampstead Heath
PROGRAMME 1: 30 September 2003|
* Edward Bransfield, 19th-century sea captain and Antarctic explorer
* A German seaplane over Dorset in 1940
* George Hudson, the railway king
* Richard the Lionheart’s death in France