Land Lines

Brett Westwood presents a new location-based puzzle series, all about reading the landscape - the built and natural landscape - to uncover the lines that have linked people to a place throughout history. Why did people settle there? How has the landscape and natural history shaped the human history? How have people in turn shaped the landscape? And, most importantly, how can you read that story in the landscape today? Each week, Brett takes two 'landscape detectives' to a place that they don't know and sets them the challenge of reading the story of that landscape armed with a package of cryptic clues provided by local people. The connections they find might be to do with food, farming, industry, transport, religion, folklore, wildlife; or a particular feature of the landscape - heath, sea, river, woodland, mountain, fen. And the place itself can be anything from a village to an island to a city.

Episodes

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20060705

Brett Westwood returns with the series that links Landscapes and local history. Brett and the landscape detectives set about reading the historical clues to be found in landscapes from the wild marshes of North Kent to the urban sprawl of the Black Country.
1/6. The Hoo Peninsula, north Kent
The world's first torpedo, a mediaeval duck trap and the inspiration for a Dickens novel.
Then News.

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This week, the programme is set in the fields around a Gloucestershire village.

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In this edition there's a quest for a phoenix in Deptford Creek, London.

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The local legend of a fearsome dragon gets woven into the history of the ancient royal city of Northumberland as the landscape detectives puzzle over the Land Lines around Bamburgh castle.

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This week's puzzle follows the Tillingbourne valley near Guildford, Surrey, looking for the line that links 'two fiery bangs and a silent fire' in this medieval landscape.

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This edition investigates the origins of the Derbyshire village of Bonsal.

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Surrounded by the drumming and dancing of an ancient street festival, the landscape detectives uncover the land lines running through the history of Combe Martin in North Devon in the last puzzle of the series.

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This week, the two landscape detectives search through the industrial and natural history of southeast London in search of a phoenix in Deptford Creek.

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Brett Westwood presents a series of puzzles involving links between local history and the countryside. This edition features the legend of a fearsome dragon in Northumberland.

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Here, with the help of a couple of toads and an ancient rhyme, the landscape detectives are set the challenge of discovering why people first settled in the village of Bonsal in Derbyshire.

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Surrounded by the drumming and dancing of an ancient street festival, the landscape detectives uncover the land lines running through the history of Combe Martin in North Devon in the last puzzle of the series.

0301The Hoo Peninsula, North Kent20050126

The world's first torpedo, a mediaeval duck trap and the inspiration for a Dickens novel.

0302The Stroud Valleys20050202

Aztecs and the Africa Queen make an appearance as we look at the Cotswold landscape.

0303The Brecks20050209

The Brecklands of East Anglia yield evidence of Stone Age settlements.

0304The Black Country20050216

The Titanic's anchor chain, traditional glass works and local cave dwellers help uncover the history of the area.

0305Borrowdale20050223

The Landscape puzzle unearths monastic conflict, Viking names and pencils in the heart of the Lake District.

0306 LASTSherwood Forest20050302

Ancient oaks, a stunning avenue of limes and Robin Hood help uncover people's changing relationship with trees since the middle ages in this week's puzzle.

0401Looe In Cornwall20060104

Find out the link between smuggling and pilchards.

0402Uffington20060111
0403The East Anglian Fens20060118
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Medieval salt mounds, the Victorian Iron rush and the connection between redshanks and bleach in the story of industrial Teeside.

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Kew Gardens, Venus, 'mad' King George and the original prime meridian all feature in this week's landscape puzzle from the banks of the Thames.

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The mystery of Bill, Norman and Harry; and the deserted church in a valley in the North Yorkshire Moors.

0501The Hoo Peninsula, North Kent20060705
0502The Stroud Valleys20060712

Aztecs, Mohicans and the African queen all make an appearance as Brett unravels the connections between landscape and local history on the edge of the Cotswold hills.

0503The Brecks20060719

The landscape detectives uncover the fragments of a stone age cooking site, and discover a medieval landscape dominated by rabbits as they follow the land lines on the East Anglian Brecklands.

0504The Black Country20060726

The anchor chain of the Titanic, a traditional glass works and some local cave-dwellers help the landscape detectives uncover the connections between people and the landscape of the Black Country over the centuries.

0505Sherwood Forest20060809
0506 LASTBorrowdale20060816

The Landscape puzzle unearths monastic conflict, Viking names and pencils in the heart of the Lake District.

0601Looe, Cornwall2007021920070224

Featuring a six-mile hedge 1,500 years old, the origin of Britain's longest long distance footpath, and the link between smuggling and pilchards.

0601The Romney Marsh2007010820070113

Including invasions, water and lots of stones.

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The East Anglian fens are home to 9,000 wild swans. But why does water have to flow uphill into the rivers?

0602Bath2007011520070120

Listen out for gods, buns and water.

0603Mendips2007012220070127

Brett Westwood is in the Mendips with his two landscape detectives. They will be trying to decipher cryptic clues on and under the surface to discover some of the history of the area.

Brett Westwood presents a series of puzzles involving links between local history and the countryside.
3/6. Cheddar
Pigs, Starfish, a Royal Sovereign and a frozen waterfall. Detectives Sue Clifford from the charity Common Ground and geographer Ian Mercer will be delving into the Mendips in search of answers

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Britain's oldest hillside chalk figure, Arab nomads in a field of cattle, and an invisible blacksmith in a Neolithic tomb - all part of this week's landscape puzzle on the Berkshire downs.

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Brett Westwood presents a series of puzzles involving links between local history and the countryside. Followed by News.

0604Marston Vale2007012920070203

This flat land near Bedford is the setting in which detectives Sue Clifford and James Crowden discover the past.

0605Liverpool2007020520070210

Brett takes his two landscape detectives, Paul Evans and James Crowden, to Liverpool. Join them as they uncover some of the city's history and its connection to crops, codes and crustaceans.

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Brett Westwood presents a series of puzzles involving links between local history and the countryside.
5/6. Liverpool
Brett takes his two landscape detectives to Liverpool. Join them as they uncover some of the city's history and its connection to crops, codes and crustaceans.

0606 LASTShropshire2007021220070217

Brett and his two landscape detectives uncover some of the mysteries and histories of three Shropshire hills. Kindly cows, wild men and broken stones all lead to an old pub beside the Long Mynd.