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The location-based puzzle linking landscape and local history
Mondays 8 January to 12 March 2007 at 1.30pm
Repeated on Saturday at 11pm

Brett Westwood is back with a new series of the puzzle programme that explores the history of a place through its geography. Each week he takes two landscape detectives to a different part of the country and with the aid of local guides he sets questions that will help the detecives to find the lines that tell the story of the place. As usual the programme uncovers some surprises from neolithic industry to twentieth century warfare and gives insights into the lives of everyone from farmers to lords.

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Programme 1: Romney Marsh
8 January 2007 at 1.30pm

Invasions, water and lots of stones are all on the menu for detectives Steve Head from Pond Conservation and publisher Richard Purslow.

The Romney Marsh Countryside project

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Programme 2: Bath
15 January 2007 at 1.30pm

Gods, buns, geology and water. Detectives broadcaster and ecologist Paul Evans and publisher of Landscape Richard Purslow will be trying to unravel the city's history.

The Roman Baths at Bath

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Programme 3: Cheddar
22 January 2007 at 1.30pm

Pigs, starfish, a Royal Sovereign and a frozen waterfall. Detectives Sue Clifford from the charity Common Ground, and geographer Ian Mercer will be delving into the Mendips in search of answers.

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Programme 4: The Marston Vale.
29 January 2007 at 1.30pm

Frogs, wings water and fire. This flat land near Bedford is the setting in which detectives Sue Clifford and poet and historian James Crowden with be discovering the past.

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Programme 5: Liverpool
5 February 2007 at 1.30pm

Crops, codes and crustaceans. Detectives Paul Evans and James Crowden will be exploring some of the byways of history that have been shaped by the land in this famous seaport.

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Blue line

Programme 6: Shropshire
12 February at 1:30pm

This week Brett Westwood and his two landscape detectives uncover some of the mysteries and histories of three Shropshire hills.  Kindly cows, wild men and broken stones all lead to an old pub beside the Long Mynd.

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Programme 7: Looe
19 February at 1:30pm

Brett Westwood presents the local history puzzle set in the landscape. This week - Looe in Cornwall, including a 6 mile hedge 1500 years old, the origin of Britain's longest long distance footpath, and the link between smuggling and pilchards.

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Programme 8: Fens
26 February at 1:30pm

This week's landscape puzzle explores the history of the East Anglian fens - 9000 wild swans, a gun in a punt and why water has to flow uphill into the fenland rivers.

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Programme 9: Uffington
5 March at 1:30pm

Britain’s oldest hillside chalk figure, Arab nomads in a field of cattle, and an invisible blacksmith in a Neolithic tomb - all part of this week's landscape puzzle on the Berkshire downs

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Programme 10: Levisham
12 March at 1:30pm

The mystery of Bill, Norman and Harry and the deserted church in the valley - the last in the current series of landscape puzzles comes from the North York Moors.

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