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Visigothic Brooch

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Oxford historian Dr Janina Ramirez sets Shaun Greenhalgh, once a prolific forger, the challenge of making a jewelled eagle brooch of the kind worn by Visigoth chieftains in the Dark Ages.

Shaun Greenhalgh was once a prolific forger. Based in a garden shed in his parents' house in Bolton, he fooled the experts for three decades with an impressive array of fakes. Obsessed with the techniques of the past, Shaun could make anything - from medieval church carvings to Islamic drinking vessels. But a spell in prison convinced him to cross back over to the right side of the law and he has now teamed up with Oxford historian Dr Janina Ramirez. Together, they are trying to keep alive the secrets of the ancients.

In the first episode, Janina sets Shaun the challenge of making a jewelled eagle brooch of the kind worn by Visigoth chieftains in the Dark Ages. Inspired by a live eagle he befriends in an animal sanctuary in Lancashire, Shaun is confident he can do it. But sourcing the materials proves tricky, and making the brooch is more difficult than he expected. Can he finish in time?

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Role Contributor
Presenter Janina Ramirez
Production Company ZCZ Films
Presenter Shaun Greenhalgh
Director Waldemar Januszczak
Narrator Waldemar Januszczak

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