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Series 11
(January- March 2007)

Climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming across England, and asks if the situation is as dire as many scientists predict.

Climate Change and Fishing
Cornish fishermen are catching bumper amounts of red mullet. Is it because of climate change?

Stanley Gibbons
The name Stanley Gibbons is synonymous with stamps and philately, but was he a man with a secret? We uncover the strange case of the many wives of a Victorian man of mystery.


Series 10 (Autumn 2006)

Car clocking
Inside Out exposes an illegal car clocking scam that costs motorists thousands and could put lives in danger.

Inside Out looks at how the new Poles are adapting to life in the South West, using football as a uniting force.

Devonport regeneration, Auschwitz and education
Inner city regeneration is breathing new life and vitality into areas like Plymouth’s Devonport. Plus Inside Out has taken a former English POW back to his camp in Auschwitz. And first time pupils.

Accident and emergency, Brunel's bridges and drinking
Inside Out looks at life in a busy A&E department in Plymouth. Plus Brunel. And a feature on drinking culture.

Scam mail, and Philip Henry Gosse
Most of us look forward to the post arriving, but these days it seems that an increasing proportion of what drops through our letter boxes is unwanted scam mail. Plus Philip Henry Gosse.

Children's sun products, Longitude and pioneer corps
A major retailer is to introduce labelling on children’s sun products following an Inside Out investigation which found a dangerous loophole in the law. Plus we meet war veterans as they return to Ilfracombe to relive old memories. And Longitude.

Solar power, Autumnwatch and beachmaster
Inside Out investigate one South West company who have been taking the shine out of solar power. Plus Autumnwatch and beach master.

Seven Man Made Blunders, Lottery and Elbury Farm
Vote for your favourite architectural blunders in South West England. Plus is the region losing out in the bid to get a share of Lottery millions. And we revisit Elbury Farm and its wildlife.

The Large Blue butterfly, mental health and Treseder
The Large Blue is one of Britain's rarest butterflies. Plus we look into the unsettling number of suicides and unexplained deaths at Cornwall's mental health unit - Longreach House. And Treseder's nursery in history.

Car clocking, guerilla gardening and copper crafts
Inside Out exposes an illegal car clocking scam that costs motorists thousands and could put lives in danger. Plus the guerrilla gardeners transforming a neglected car park entrance into a floral wonderland. And a craftsman reviving an old tradition for copper.

Nature and climate change
Inside Out investigates the impact of global warming on wildlife across England. Plus photo gallery

Series 9 (January-March 2006)

Fake religious healer
Inside Out investigates the fake religious healer who conned half a million pounds from hundreds of sick people - and now he's targeting the South West.

Young fire fighters, trading speeding points, and Grey Seals
Behind the scenes of a tough course for teenagers run by the Cornwall Fire Brigade. Plus the drivers trading speeding points to hold on to their licences. And the man who's dedicated his life to the study of Grey Seals.

Older drivers, fire fighting, and Conan Doyle
Reports on whether older drivers are more at a risk of having accidents. Plus behind the scenes of a tough fire fighting course for teenagers. And was author Conan Doyle a plagiarist?

Free holidays, Chesil Beach and the husky rally
We investigate a holiday firm whose "free" holidays could cost you dear. Plus the dramatic story of a shipwreck - the Royal Adelaide. And meet Graham Good as he prepares to compete in the annual husky rally.

Lighthouses, fire investigation, and the Tavistock Canal
The lighthouse at the forefront of plans to use more sustainable energy. Plus behind the scenes at fire investigation in Devon. And the remarkable story of the Tavistock Canal.

Bankruptcy, the pilchard industry and First World War hero
The story about a South West First World War hero. Plus the changing fortunes of the pilchard industry. And dealing with the growing problem of bankruptcy.

Shelterbox, and hemp farming
Inside Out updates the story of the Helston-based charity, Shelterbox, which sends out "survival boxes" to disaster areas. And the comeback of hemp, now being heralded as a saviour for South West farmers.

Abandoned baby, Porthledden renovation, and Golden Plovers
An abandoned baby faces up to the past. Plus Porthledden and the story of a property renovation scheme. And Golden Plovers could be under threat from shooting?

Off roading, snoring, and Badgers,
Trail bikes and 4x4s are increasingly popular but a new law could severely curtail the activities of off roaders. Plus a look at a man with a passion for Badgers. And could singing be good for snoring?

Series 8 (September-November 2005)

Bird flu, parrots, and archaeological dig
We join an archaeological dig in Cornwall. Plus the threat of bird flu. And how to buy a parrot.

South West food is a winner
Go behind the scenes as BBC Inside Out organises the first English food market in France.

Pakistan Earthquake
Inside Out South West looks at the work of the two regional charities Rapid UK and Shelterbox.

Tractor traffic, William Cookworthy, and The Fleet
If you live in the South West, getting stuck behind a slow moving tractor is an irritating fact of life. Plus heritage hero William Cookworthy. And The Fleet.

Hotel homophobia, recycling, and organic farming
Inside Out investigates hotel homophobia in the South West of England. Plus we visit Elbury Farm in Devon which is trying to combine organic production with creating wildlife habitats. And the woman who recycles everything.

Augustus Smith, underage drinking, and Salcombe
We dive below the beautiful Salcombe estuary to discover its wonderful wildlife. Plus Augustus Smith and the Isles of Scilly. And the growing problem of underage drinking.

Roadside car dealer, Hilliard, and magpie man
Inside Out investigates a roadside car dealer, the Magpie man, and the legend of the Elizabethan painter Nicolas Hilliard.

Series 7 (Jan-March 2005)

Digital TV
In 2008 all TV should be broadcast digitally. But what does this mean? And, when the switchover happens, will you still be able to tune in?
Mobile speed cameras
Mobile speed cameras are increasingly being used to enforce speed limits.
A new way of testing for dyslexia offers hope for better diagnosis of the condition.
New technology creates old habitat
The RSPB is using new methods of tide control to restore an area of salt marsh and provide a new habitat for wildlife.
The hand of the future
A new artificial hand promises to transform the every day lives of amputees.
The return of Thalidomide
Garry Edlin owes his life to drug with a chilling past. Thalidomide is combating his cancer.
Tailor-made for take-over
Peter Jones has been a bespoke tailor for 50 years, but with retirement beckoning why can't he give his business away?
The Devon dialect challenge
How easy is it to fake the Devon dialect? We bring a Brummie to Devon and ask him to go native.
The animals of the Wind in the Willows
Join Inside Out as we journey down the riverbank and into the Wild Wood to meet Badger, Ratty, Mole and Otter.

Series 6 (Sept-Nov 2004)

Asleep at the wheel
We're all familiar with the phrase "tiredness kills" - so why is driver fatigue still the main cause of HGV and coach accidents? Inside Out joined the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to find out more.
Deer crossing
A recent report by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) estimates that around £10.5m of damage is caused by deer-related road accidents each year. Inside Out assesses the consequences in the South West.
Move over organics - now health-conscious consumers can go one step further by buying biodynamic. Among the first in the UK to embark on the practice are the Bells, who live and work at Shedbush Farm - and we've got the story.
Castle Drogo
Taking over at Castle Drogo was a dream come true for Mark Agnew. Perched up high on the northern slopes of Dartmoor, Drogo is one of the region's most popular National Trust properties. Trouble is, it's got a bit of a damp problem - which will cost £4 million to fix!
Switch on a lightbulb and it's there for all to see. Tungsten is one of the world's most-utilised metals, and although the Spanish are credited with its discovery, new evidence suggests that the Cornish may have got there first.
Jack Leslie
When Jack Leslie signed for Plymouth Argyle FC, the number of black players could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Now Inside Out profiles the man whose England dream was ruined - not because of his ability, but because of the colour of his skin.
Micro sculptures
It's not every day you visit an art gallery only to find the exhibition is visible only through the lens of a microscope, but in an exhibition by world-renowned microsculptor Willard Wigan, tiny sculptures no bigger than a pinhead are on display.
Roadkill dinners
A squashed animal on the roadside is a common sight on country roads. Less common, is the sight of the same animal on a dinner plate.
Battery hens
Whilst the Chicken Run chooks dug, catapulted and eventually flew to their freedom, battery chickens across the South West are being liberated by one woman determined to see them end their days in freedom.

Series 5 (Jan-Feb 2004)

Smoking ban
In a quiet South West village the local pub is trying a contentious experiment. A ban on smoking. What are the odds of it working? Inside Out finds they are slim.
General Redvers Buller
General Redvers Buller was decorated with the Victoria Cross for his heroic actions in the Zulu War. But his distinguished career came to an abrupt end after military failings.
Drinking culture
Cheap alcohol is leading to an increase in binge drinking and drunkenness in the South West. Inside Out asks whether plans to extend pub drinking hours will escalate the problem further.
There are just over 200 houses left in the country that can boast of having their bread bin in the roof - strange but true.
Richard Trevithick
In celebration of the bicentenary of an engineering invention, Inside Out looks at the key achievements of Richard Trevithick.

Series 4 (Sept-Oct 2003)

Thomas Bodley
Exeter-born Thomas Bodley helped create one of the world's great libraries. But the birth of the Bodleian had as much to do with pilchards as printing.
Penzance School of Art
Cornwall has long been a hotbed of artistic activity with famous artists like Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. Inside Out celebrates 150 years of the Penzance School of Art.
Ranulph Fiennes
Three months after under going heart by-pass surgery, Sir Ranulph Fiennes is in training for seven marathons in seven continents in seven days.
Barbastelle Bat
Hawns and Dendles wood is a national Dartmoor nature reserve and a perfect cradle for all sorts of wildlife including the rare and endangered barbastelle bat.
Chysauster - Celtic village
A spoon has been found at Chysauster, only the second metal object to survive on this site. With so little evidence, what can we say for sure about this ancient Cornish village?
Coastal path erosion
The SW Coast Path celebrates its Jubilee this year, but this popular beauty spot is under threat from natural erosion and the trampling of boots. So what can be done to halts its decay?
Knightshayes' kitchen garden
Knightshayes Court near Tiverton is a celebration of Victorian Gothic on a grand scale. Now the lavish interiors of the house are to be matched from the outside as the kitchen garden undergoes an impressive restoration project.

Series 3 (Jun-Jul 2003)

Pill boxes
The South West was a prime target for invaders in the Second World War. Find out how it defended itself and the rest of the country against enemy attack.
Sark and Mervyn Peake
Step back in time as Inside Out visits Sark, the smallest of the Channel Islands and home to writer and artist Mervyn Peake in the 1930s.
Q boats
During the First World War Britain had a secret weapon - the decoy 'Q' boats. Inside Out investigates the ships and the brave seamen who sailed in them.
Ivan Rusch
Inside Out takes to the ocean waves with lone yachtsman Ivan Rusch. Find out what it takes to sail around the world.
Exeter theatre fire
150 years ago saw one of Britain's worst theatre disasters. Even though the jury reported a verdict of accidental death, was the architect to blame?
It may be hard to believe but over 100 years ago it wasn't handbags or shoes that were this season's must have accessory - it was a bunch of violets.

Series 2 (Jan-Mar 2003)

Mont Orgueil Castle
For hundreds of years Mont Orgueil Castle on the Channel Islands has been England’s frontline defence. Now once again the castle is in need of defending.
The Exe Estuary
The Exe is the jewel in the crown of the South West's great wildlife habitats, and an internationally important site for birds like the avocet, who make the Exe their winter residence.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Like many women, Tracy Fell would like to shed a few pounds. But unlike most women, it’s not just a question of vanity, it’s a question of fertility.
Rick Rescorla
9/11 - two years ago, it would be difficult to imagine how these two numbers could embody so much tragedy, grief and fear. But for one man, the tragedy of September 11, was the terrorist attack he had feared for years.
So Solid Crew
The 'enfant terribles' of the Garage music scene - So Solid Crew have been making headlines since their first release. We take a look at one of the crew - MC Harvey.
Newquay riots
With its world famous beaches and ideal surfing conditions, Newquay in Devon is a mecca for tourists, but it hasn’t always been this way.
Crafts crisis
Traditional crafts are dying out and there's a shortage of skilled craftsmen. Inside Out investigates the lost art of DIY, heritage-style.
Plymouth is a town built on the scene of bloodbaths and killing fields, yet few know the true extent of Plymouth’s loss during the Civil War over 350 years ago.

Series 1 (Sept-Nov 2002)

On a stormy night in January 1917, the Devon fishing village of Hallsands collapsed into the sea. The entire village was destroyed together with the livelihoods of its people.
Shell shock
The First World War devastated the lives of a generation of young men. Thousands of soldiers returned from the battlefield shell shocked from the sheer horror and fear of the war.
The man they could not hang
John 'Babbacombe' Lee, famously dubbed 'the man they could not hang', perhaps should be renamed 'The man they should not hang'. Inside Out and Lee Archive owner Ian Waugh, shed new light on the case to reveal a different suspect.
Coastal dumping
Millions of tonnes of waste has been dumped close to Whitsand Bay, one of the finest beaches in the South West. Environmentalists are concerned that it could result in an environmental disaster, and campaigners are lobbying to stop further dumping.
CJD's youngest victim
In January 2000, Claire Mcvey became the youngest victim of Variant CJD, the human form of BSE. Two years after her daughter’s death, Claire’s mother Annie is still struggling to get support and recognition for the forgotten victims of CJD - the carers.
Organic farming
Organic farming and food is becoming increasingly popular with both farmers and the public. Inside Out visited Elbury Farm in Devon which is trying to combine organic food production with creating new wildlife habitats.
Tin mining
They say that if you look in any hole in the ground around the world you'll find a Cornishman looking for metal. Nowhere in the world is hardrock mining so engrained into the local culture than Cornwall.
Stag hunting
The South West is the most common, if not the only, area of the UK where stag hunting with hounds takes place. Inside Out reveals startling new evidence about the extent to which hunted deer suffer.
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