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Begins Tuesday 1 April 2003, 3.00-3.30 p.m for thirteen weeks

Sue Cook presents the series that examines listeners' historical queries, exploring avenues of research and uncovering mysteries.

Email the programme with your questions.

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PROGRAMME 13: 24 June 2003
Image of Hexham from an old postcard * The Great Gale, Bridlington 1871-– when 30 ships were lost.
* Count Gustave Batthyany – why he gave Bridlington a lifeboat in the 1860s.
* Amy Johnson (1903–41) – pioneer aviator.
* The Daily Mail Broadcasting Yacht – first would-be radio pirate ship.

PROGRAMME 12: 17 June 2003
Image of Hexham from an old postcard * The Llanelli riots of 1911 – troops killed 2 bystanders.
* The Hexham Massacre – 51 deaths as militia opened fire.
* The Zeebrugge Raid – VCs by ballot.
* Richard Pickersgill – Captain Cook's trusted lieutenant

PROGRAMME 11: 10 June 2003
Captain James Weddell * Prince Monolulu – the flamboyant racecourse tipster.
* Captain James Weddell – 19th-century Antarctic explorer
* U-boat by Westminster Bridge – what happened to surrendered U-boats.
* The Victorian working week – how its cut in hours led to the British weekend

PROGRAMME 10: 3 June 2003
Cotton spinning machine * Thomas Highs – underrated 18th-century cotton industry pioneer
* The Smallpox Hospital at Grays – and why it was soon abandoned
* Canadian Spitfire pilot Louis Cochand and RAF Holmsley South
* Dragging swords – the naval ceremonial tradition

PROGRAMME 9: 27 May 2003
* Wellington’s Surgeon-General – Sir James McGrigor.
* Sake Deen Mahomed – the Indian who made his fortune massaging Regency aristocratic muscles.
* The Hartley Colliery Disaster of 1862.
* The Cro-Magnons – where did this early prehistoric people come from?

PROGRAMME 8: 20 May 2003
* The bogus curate of Talland – why couples married twice in the early 1800s
* Taking the King’s shilling – enlisting in Wellington’s day
* The angels of Mons – the story of the Great War legend
* Boudicca’s last battle – the site of her final defeat by the Romans.

PROGRAMME 7: 13 May 2003
* Julian of Norwich – mediaeval mystic and anchoress
* The Bisley Boy – the tale of a boy said to have been substituted for Queen Elizabeth I
* The Oaks Colliery disaster – the biggest mining disaster in the 19th century
* SS Petriana – the oil-tanker that caused an oil spill in Australia in 1903

PROGRAMME 6: 06 May 2003
* The Maid of Lilliard’s Grave – the story of the Battle of Ancrum, 1545
* HMS Condor – the sloop that disappeared in the Pacific off Canada
* Lieutenant Stillwell at Waterloo – a Green Jackets officer who died in battle
* The Blue Ribbon Army – the temperance movement imported from America

PROGRAMME 5: 29 April 2003
Oliver Cromwell * Dr Roderigo Lopez – Shakespeare’s inspiration for Shylock
* Keynsham brass – brass-making in the Avon valley.
* Oliver Cromwell and the Drogheda massacre.
* The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion – founder of a branch of Methodism.

PROGRAMME 4: 22 April 2003
* The Daily Express dragonfly air crash, 1937 - an aeronautical mystery
* ‘Wild’ Humphrey Kynaston - the cave dwelling highwayman.
* Robert Burns – his philandering and the moral climate in late 18th century Scotland.
* Sir Loin - a joint of beef knighted by James VI and I.

PROGRAMME 3: 15 April 2003
* The Tower Subway – the tunnel that Tower Bridge replaced.
* The Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum – the Victorians and madness.
* Roman citizenship – how it was acquired and proved.
* Hearth tax and window tax – two long gone ways of raising revenue.

PROGRAMME 2: 8 April 2003
* The infected blanket scandal of 1903
* The mole of Edge Hill – Joseph Williamson, the Liverpool tunneller
* King Harold – did he survive the Battle of Hastings?
* HMS Montague – the battleship that went aground on Lundy Island

PROGRAMME 1: 1 April 2003
* General Karslake and the Quetta earthquake, 1935.
* The making of the Bayeux tapestry.
* The temperance movement – its beginnings in Preston, Lancashire, and the work of Lady Rosalind Carlisle.
* Wife-selling - in the 18th century.

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Sue Cook
Sue Cook studied psychology, English, sociology and archaeology at Leicester University. She was part of the team that presented the hugely successful early evening magazine programme Nationwide on BBC1.

She went on to present BBC's Crimewatch before moving to Channel Four where she introduced Collector's Lot.

Her involvement with Radio Four is long standing where she, of course, now presents Making History

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