|01||01||* My Wooden Headed Brother||20071002||20080407|
Ventriloquist Peter Brough's dummy Archie Andrews was a radio and TV star of the 1950s and 60s.
When his owner died, he was inherited by his daughter and sold for 38,000 pounds.
Archie has not spoken a word for 40 years, but he has a new owner who is helping him to break his silence.
When Claudia inherited a ring she had no knowledge of its origins.
She discovered that it belonged to a distant ancestor who was a formerly a gondolier and later Lord Byron's manservant.
Her curiosity took her on a journey to Venice and back to the home of Benjamin Disraeli.
When Matthew Kiln, a 48-year-old doctor in Bromley, inherited some money from his father, he decided to buy a Second World War British army tank and spend thousands of pounds restoring it.
Finally he took his tank to Normandy, where it still remains in a square named after his father.
|01||04||Nana Quajo The First||20071023||20080410|
But the shock was compounded when he discovered that he had inherited a remote village in Ghana and become their first white chief.
|01||05 LAST||A Case Of Pickled Penguins||20071030||20080411|
Judy Skelton could only remember her grandfather as a kindly, white-haired old man.
When she inherited his book, written and given to him by the famous explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, she had no idea it would lead to her going to the Antarctic to visit descendents of the penguins he brought home in a jar one hundred years ago.
From the sounds of the womb to fading memories - Josie Long hears stories of what we inherit from past generations.
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
The items feature in the programme are:
George Bernard Shaw
Feat. Walter Murch
Produced by Niccolò Castelli
Feat. Sian Phillips
Interview recorded for the Empathy Museum
Every Heart has a Limited Number of Heartbeats
Produced by Martin Johnson and Ann Heppermann
Originally featured in the Serendipity Podcast