Big Fish, Small Ponds

David McKie escapes from the beaten track to explore some of Britain's most evocative spots and unveil their formidable - and extraordinary - local heroes.

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01Whiteley Village And William Whiteley2005060620061008
20080802 (R4)

The model village of Whiteley was built for deserving pensioners by the merchant William Whiteley.

David McKie reveals the extraordinary life and death of the philanthropist whose murderer believed he was Whiteley's illegitimate son.

01Whiteley Village And William Whiteley2005060620061008
20080802 (R4)

The model village of Whiteley was built for deserving pensioners by the merchant William Whiteley.

David McKie reveals the extraordinary life and death of the philanthropist whose murderer believed he was Whiteley's illegitimate son.

02Irthlingborough And Charles Weston2005060720061015
20080809 (R4)

In the early 20th century American movie director Charles Weston based his studios in Irthlingborough and made seven gory war films, all featuring the locals as extras.

David McKie arrives there in time for a regular public screening of Weston's 1913 film about the Battle of Waterloo, with a piano accompaniment.

02Irthlingborough And Charles Weston2005060720061015
20080809 (R4)

In the early 20th century American movie director Charles Weston based his studios in Irthlingborough and made seven gory war films, all featuring the locals as extras.

David McKie arrives there in time for a regular public screening of Weston's 1913 film about the Battle of Waterloo, with a piano accompaniment.

03Witley And Whitaker Wright20050608

Witley in Surrey laboured under the rule of the wealthy fraudster Whitaker Wright.

He built a mansion so extravagantly furnished that the local road levels had to be lowered to enable chunks of Italian marble to pass under the bridges.

David McKie charts the rise and fall of this controversial local hero.

03Witley And Whitaker Wright20050608

Witley in Surrey laboured under the rule of the wealthy fraudster Whitaker Wright.

He built a mansion so extravagantly furnished that the local road levels had to be lowered to enable chunks of Italian marble to pass under the bridges.

David McKie charts the rise and fall of this controversial local hero.

04Spaxton And The Prince Of Love2005060920061022
20080816 (R4)

This idyllic Somerset village was home to the 19th century Agapemone community.

David McKie unearths the curious story of a lost utopia presided over by a charismatic but deranged clergyman called Prince.

04Spaxton And The Prince Of Love2005060920061022
20080816 (R4)

This idyllic Somerset village was home to the 19th century Agapemone community.

David McKie unearths the curious story of a lost utopia presided over by a charismatic but deranged clergyman called Prince.

05 LASTNevern And The Showgirl2005061020061029
20080823 (R4)

David makes a pilgrimage to a village pub in Pembrokeshire to unearth the story of the late pub landlady, the extraordinary Pamela Cushla le Poer Davidson.

Her colourful adventures included performing as a nude trapeze artist in Soho and fleeing the unwelcome ardour of Joseph Goebbels in Germany.

05 LASTNevern And The Showgirl2005061020061029
20080823 (R4)

David makes a pilgrimage to a village pub in Pembrokeshire to unearth the story of the late pub landlady, the extraordinary Pamela Cushla le Poer Davidson.

Her colourful adventures included performing as a nude trapeze artist in Soho and fleeing the unwelcome ardour of Joseph Goebbels in Germany.