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Journeys through the dark, mysterious and weird towns and villages in the British Isles. Each episode, a new place with new stories. Praise... more

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The Ballad of Reading Services

Christmas Day, 2021. I stop at Reading motorway services and find graffiti on the wall of a toilet cubicle: two... more

23 Dec 2022 · 17 minutes
A History of the English Village

What makes the quintessential English village? A church? A pub? A post office? A cricket pitch? Everyone knows the English village,... more

29 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
The Maunsell Sea Forts: Iron islands in the Thames

In 1942, an engineer named Guy Maunsell constructed a series of audacious defensive towers out where the Thames estuary meets... more

21 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Lewes: a town of smoke and flame

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be... more

04 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Pluckley: England's most haunted village

Nestled away in Kent is the small village of Pluckley. It looks charming and chocolate boxy: a pub, a butcher,... more

31 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Coming on Halloween... Other Edens

All things must change. As surely as winter bursts into spring life, spring into bountiful summer, summer into the falling... more

28 Oct 2022 · 3 minutes
The Town That Knew Too Much: The Doughnut

The Doughnut. A giant circular low-rise office block in west Cheltenham; it is, jokingly I'm sure, said to look from... more

01 Sep 2021 · 44 minutes
The Town That Knew Too Much: The Black Abbot

Where do the dead go when they die? Do we file them away in obituaries? Or celebrate them at a... more

25 Aug 2021 · 32 minutes
The Town That Knew Too Much: Time of Trial

Geoffrey Prime, Soviet spy at GCHQ, has been arrested on sexual offences against children. But that was just the start... more

18 Aug 2021 · 31 minutes
The Town That Knew Too Much: The Wishing Fish Clock

There's a clock in Cheltenham that hangs above a shopping arcade. Below its face a magnificent golden fish rotates and,... more

11 Aug 2021 · 35 minutes
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The Ballad of Reading Services
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