Banvard's Folly

Andrew Sachs reads five tales of forgotten people by Paul Collins.

Episodes

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01Banvard's Folly2001112620110502 (BBC7)
20120409 (BBC7)
20130902 (BBC7)

John Banvard's `3 Mile Painting' made him the first millionaire artist in history.

Once the world's most famous painter, John Banvard died penniless - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Once the world's most famous painter, John Banvard died penniless - why?

01Banvard's Folly2001112620110502 (BBC7)
20120409 (BBC7)
20130902 (BBC7)

John Banvard's `3 Mile Painting' made him the first millionaire artist in history.

Once the world's most famous painter, John Banvard died penniless - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Once the world's most famous painter, John Banvard died penniless - why?

02The Man With N-ray Eyes2001112720110503 (BBC7)
20120410 (BBC7)
20130903 (BBC7)

In 1903, physicist Rene Blondlot thought he had discovered a new form of radiation.

Rene Blondlot, a distinguished French physicist, is now unknown - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Rene Blondlot, a distinguished French physicist, is now unknown - why?

Distinguished French physicist Rene Blondlot is now unknown - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Distinguished French physicist Rene Blondlot is now unknown - why?

02The Man With N-ray Eyes2001112720110503 (BBC7)
20120410 (BBC7)
20130903 (BBC7)

In 1903, physicist Rene Blondlot thought he had discovered a new form of radiation.

Rene Blondlot, a distinguished French physicist, is now unknown - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Rene Blondlot, a distinguished French physicist, is now unknown - why?

Distinguished French physicist Rene Blondlot is now unknown - why? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Distinguished French physicist Rene Blondlot is now unknown - why?

03The Clever Dullard2001112820110504 (BBC7)
20120411 (BBC7)
20130904 (BBC7)

William Henry Ireland had a skill that made him the toast of London society.

What made William Henry Ireland the toast of London society? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

What made William Henry Ireland the toast of London society?

03The Clever Dullard2001112820110504 (BBC7)
20120411 (BBC7)
20130904 (BBC7)

William Henry Ireland had a skill that made him the toast of London society.

What made William Henry Ireland the toast of London society? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

What made William Henry Ireland the toast of London society?

04The Pneumatic Underground2001112920110505 (BBC7)
20120412 (BBC7)
20130905 (BBC7)

In the 1870s, Alfred Beach built an underground railway that ran on air.

Alfred Beach tried to bring pneumatic transit to New York - why did he fail? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Alfred Beach tried to bring pneumatic transit to New York - why did he fail?

04The Pneumatic Underground2001112920110505 (BBC7)
20120412 (BBC7)
20130905 (BBC7)

In the 1870s, Alfred Beach built an underground railway that ran on air.

Alfred Beach tried to bring pneumatic transit to New York - why did he fail? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Alfred Beach tried to bring pneumatic transit to New York - why did he fail?

05 LASTSolresol And The Prophet Of Sound2001113020110506 (BBC7)
20120413 (BBC7)
20130906 (BBC7)

A music teacher who invented a universal language that seemed to work.

Whatever happened to Jean Francois Sudre's universal language? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Whatever happened to Jean Francois Sudre's universal language? Read by Andrew Sachs.

05 LASTSolresol And The Prophet Of Sound2001113020110506 (BBC7)
20120413 (BBC7)
20130906 (BBC7)

A music teacher who invented a universal language that seemed to work.

Whatever happened to Jean Francois Sudre's universal language? The stories of forgotten people read by Andrew Sachs.

Whatever happened to Jean Francois Sudre's universal language? Read by Andrew Sachs.